In the Face of Jesus Christ

From the Pastor:  Dr. M. J. Seymour, Sr.


It is written:  “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (II Cor. 4:6-7) 


The Apostle Paul lays out a parallel in this passage of the account of creation in Genesis chapter one and the salvation of man.  Creation was without form, void, and in darkness; but the Spirit of God moved upon it and God commanded, “Let there be light: and there was light.”  Man is void, in darkness, and dead in trespasses and sins; but in the sovereign grace and purpose of God, the Holy Spirit moves at the command of God and breaks forth with the true Light in the dark abyss of sinners’ hearts.  Creation could not create itself.  It required the sovereign act of God to create something from nothing.  So to, man cannot self-create a new creature within himself.  It requires the sovereign act of God to create life in deadness, to give the true Light in the utter darkness of a sinful heart.


This true Light is the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  In Hebrews the description of Jesus’ relation to the Father is: “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…” (Heb. 1:3)  The Almighty Eternal God has purposed to reveal the glory of His majesty by His amazing grace through Jesus Christ.  It is in and through Jesus Christ that the saints of God are made to know the glory of the Father.  If God did not command the Light to shine in the dark deadness of men’s hearts in the face of Jesus Christ, men would forever be doomed, adrift in the condemnation of their sins.  Jesus is the Beacon that gives the Light of the glory of God, beaming out GRACE, GRACE, ALL OF GRACE.


Those who have gone through the new birth are truly able to sing, “I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.”  In the face of the Lord Jesus is taught the knowledge of the glory of the Father, and the believer has this “treasure in earthen vessels.”  In the believer’s frail body of the flesh, there is found the awesome eternal treasure of the glory of God.  It is this treasure that the saints of God give witness to in the face of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.