That which was from the beginning,
When talking about the beginning in reference to God, we mustn’t get into the way of thinking that there was a time when God wasn’t.
He’s always been there, one of the incommunicable attributes (those doctrinal points that separate God from humanity) is that he’s eternal.
The beginning is ours. He’s been there right from our beginning. He’ll also be there to our end.
which we have heard,
When we refer to hearing we are invariably talking about the sounds that we pick up. In this case, words that we hear. But as well as our physical ears we also have spiritual ones.
They’re not literal ears of course, but it’s about our hearts being open and truly hearing. It’s possible to listen but not take on board what’s coming through.
We have to make sure that we hear not only with our physical ears, but more importantly with our spiritual ones.
which we have seen
As well as hearing we also need to see. Just like there’s hearing and really truly hearing, the same applies here.
Two people can look at the same thing, yet one can see deeper than the other. Again, that’s when we see spiritually rather than just on the surface.
To understand the truths of the Bible, we need to see with the eyes of our heart.
with our eyes,
The key word here is our. In other words, it is very personal. Faith itself is all about the individual, there is no collective salvation in that sense.
We don’t enter into relationship with God because our father was a minister, or that our grandmother was a missionary.
Regardless of what our heritage is (or isn’t) we need to have our own personal understanding and commitment.
which we have looked at
Have you ever seen a stereogram? It’s where a 3D image is hidden within another picture.
But to see the hidden you have to look beyond the obvious. You have to really focus and only then do you see the far superior image.
Relationship with God is like that. You have to see beyond religion to truly encounter the glory of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
and our hands have touched—
Hearing, seeing, and now touching. People say that faith is blind, it’s about believing something that you will never know exists or not.
Now the early believers, they really did hear, see, and touch Christ. Today, of course, that’s not possible. But our understanding is no less than theirs.
We can still reach out and ‘touch’ him and he is more than willing to touch our lives.
this we proclaim
A lot of people make the statement that religion is personal and should be kept to yourself. Well, in the context of religion being an external that doesn’t touch the heart, that’s fine as far as I’m concerned.
But when you have true faith, the last thing you want to do is keep it hidden. You have found something that has truly affected you; it’s changed your life, and you want to share it with others.
concerning the Word
It’s all about the Word. It’s all about Jesus. Ultimately that’s who faith is centred around. If He’s not at the centre of it then it’s certainly not biblical faith.
Believing in Jesus has to be more than just a head-acknowledgment, it must be a faith that emanates from the heart. He’s the Word, and it’s all about Him.
True Christianity isn’t a dead, boring, religious add-on in our lives. Rather, it is dynamic and exciting. It’s about life and when you’re living it you know.
You often hear people say, I went to church and it was boring. Maybe you just need to go to the right church.
But more importantly, you need to go to Christ. He’s the one that ultimately it’s all about, not bricks and mortar.
Rev Stewart Bloor