The whole of the Christian walk is in the unseen, which manifests into the seen.
As the worlds were framed by the invisible God, invisible manifesting into the visible, so we too, when by Faith we access into the heavenly realm (Ephesians 1:3), and pull from there into this earthly realm (Matthew 6:10).
It is the unseen, spiritual realm that makes the difference.
The natural, visible realm is the physical creation. In the Beginning, God created the heavens (plural) and the Earth. The Earth He created here, and also the heavens above (the skies and the heavenly dimensions).
When our hearts connect to something of the heavenly dimension (realm), our spirit within understands far more than our natural mind can know. This is how you can have a conversation with someone and seem to know both the questions and the answers before they are asked. When we see the Eternal dimension of God’s Kingdom, it is of such a quality, such a worth, that so far surpasses all others, we must either attempt to deny it and hide from it, or let it expose us.
This is the verdict, that light came into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.
You absolutely cannot have a gospel without holiness. God’s standard has always been the same, the only difference is that today, in Christ, our old man, the flesh has been put away. We died to our old husband, the law, and we have been raised and seated with Christ, far above the powers of this world and age. Without holiness, there is no light worth describing. Without a God-provided way to live holy out of a heart of love, there would be no conviction to the world of its own sin.
The way of holiness through the life of Christ Jesus within us is the only perfection possible in this life. While Father God sees us as 100% spotless from the moment we bow our knee to His Son, and all our righteousness is based upon His merit alone, we perfect our holiness out of reverence for God, and we do not trample underfoot the blood of Christ by willingly continuing to sin while in Him.
But, it is the unseen dimension that is where anything of lasting worth is, whether we are ever aware of it or not.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
When Paul was talking about women wearing head coverings (1 Corinthians 11:10), one of his explanations of why they should wear them is simply “because of the angels”. Apparently no explanation was necessary.
Today, we often find it strange or somehow “extra-biblical” (and therefore wrong) when people begin to talk about the angels around; but we shouldn’t! We shouldn’t worship them. We shouldn’t get fleshly puffed up about them, but they are ministering spirits sent to minister unto the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). Paul didn’t seem to have a problem leaving his statement as that. Why? It is speculation, but it would stand to reason he simply knew that his recipients had some knowledge of the subject of which he was writing and did not need to further explain what was already known to the recipients.
When someone gets saved, the eye of their heart in some way catches a glimpse of the person of Jesus, who He is. When that happens, as the allow themselves to look upon Him who was raised up for us, just as the bronze serpent in the wilderness, they are Healed, saved, made whole.
When someone gets healed, they catch a glimpse of Jesus as Healer, whether they see it as that or not.
There is no Christianity without the realm of the Spirit, for, as John wrote, God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
As we believe in that which is true in the spiritual dimension, through faith, change is affected in the natural. Those who were dead are made alive again. Those who were sick are made whole. Gifts of God are made active in our lives and in our surroundings.
This is the case in every aspect of the Kingdom.
Jesus described the Kingdom as a treasure in a field. A man found it, hid it again, and for joy, went and sold all he had to obtain that field. Apparently, whoever owns the field owns the treasure in it (Matthew 13:44). The principle is simple: the eyes of the man saw the unseen. The will of that man then took the necessary steps to position himself in the mundane (that is, the earth–he bought the field because it contained the treasure). The sale price did not include the treasure, but because the treasure was in the field, it came along with the purchase. So, field being bought, the treasure was his.
Or, a man saw something in the Spirit. It would require a certain way of living, of losing certain things that had a certain level of value in this life, and living with a certain level of ”reproach”. However, upon weighing the true worth of the treasure, the Kingdom, the man knew it was worth it if he lost everything he had, including reputation, and was worth, say for analogy, hundreds of times over what he previously had. If he sold it all, and had the treasure, at the cost of the field, he would have that much more. He could buy all he sold back if he really wanted afterwards, technically. But, the losing of one’s entire life was before him. Why? Because of the unseen. Because of the hidden thing. Because of what everyone else COULDN’T see–he’d hidden it again.
In the spirit realm, the worth is quite established. It is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. It was the same walk that produced the miraculous. It is His Way, the way of Eternal Life. The only thing we require is the eyes of Faith, the eyes of our heart to be enlightened, so that we can catch a glimpse of His greatness. From there, even the smallest, mustard-seed bit of faith, with no doubt in it, brings it into our earthly life (Mark 11:23).
What much of the parables in Matthew 13 describe is simply the walk of faith that many people have experienced and described in other ways. Any true word from God, mixed with even the slightest bit of our undiluted faith brings forth not the power of the one believing, but the power of the one who spoke it, The Eternal Himself, God Almighty. Simply believing that sets us free to do Luke 11:34, the single eye. When we know that all our needs are met, Matthew 6:33, we can focus and seek after just One Thing (Psalm 27:4), laying all earthly cautions to the wind without being foolish or reckless. The Kingdom is simply superior, superceeding all aspects of the natural. As our eye is single upon doing the will of the Father doing (John 5:19), our whole body is full of light. As we continue, and make the effort to yield every single dark, hidden corner of our self to Him, our body is wholly illumined, like the light of lamp is shining upon it (Luke 11:36).
This, in turn, makes us fully the light of the world. Had not Jesus come and done the mighty signs and wonders in His Father’s name, those who saw and did not believe would not have been guilty of their sin. But, as we rise in the fullness of the Glory of Christ that He has given to us (John 17:22), we bring forth the Gospel in fullness, fully preaching it with signs, wonders, and mighty miracles (Romans 15:19). Not as a show, not as a circus, not as a performance, because, remember, we died, and our life is hid with Christ (Galatians 2:20). We have nothing that we have not received (1 Corinthians 4:7), and we are all brothers (Matthew 23:8). We have no one to impress but God Himself (John 12:43), for our eye is single, without folds, without blemishes. Seeing Him who is unseen, we persevere (Hebrews 11:27), and endure to the end, faithful servants, loving friends, in union with God and each other. Blameless and without reproach until the day that He comes. Seen, no longer invisible.