June 23

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

It’s very important for believers to have pure hearts that follow God.  They need be pure on the basis of God’s pure and holy Word.  What reward will they have?  What has God promised to those who are pure in heart?  We are told, “They will see God.”  Surely this is wonderful—an excellent treasure!  But what does it mean to “see God?”

Some people have their own idea about how to see God.  They crouch in a corner, lift their thoughts toward heaven, and engage in a life of idle speculation.  Is this any way to try to see God?  They use their own ideas to try to stroll into God’s presence.  They try to climb up to heaven under their own power.  They insist on using their own intellect to figure out everything about God and his Word.

However, if you believe that Christ is your Savior, you’ll soon realize that you have a gracious God.  Faith leads you to heaven and lets you see inside of God’s heart.  There you will get a glimpse of his infinite kindness and love.  This is what it really means to “see God.”  You can’t physically see him with your eyes, because no one can see God in this life.  Instead, you see God by faith.

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will

The Bondage of the Will, Luther’s exposition on the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, laid the groundwork for Reformation thought. It shows us a humbling view of ourselves while strengthening our faith in Christ.

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