Sunday, June 27, 2010

PERSPICUITY – the Better Way

“I can look at the future with anticipation. And it’s comforting to know that someday, as Christians, we’ll be able to look back and have a little more clarity on why certain things in life happened.”

~Amy Grant.

I always know God is pointing me in a particular direction of exploration when he places before me one strange word or concept in two dichotomous ways. The way I see it, it has to be a God-thing.

At times I think and write in ways that are anything but perspicuous. In other words, the end (for the reader) is sometimes reached arduously, with much thought, and some I’m sure are perhaps lost along the way; it doesn’t quite make for effective communication.

Nonetheless, it’s often what must be.

Something Better to Look Forward to

Life will soon become clearer.

It comes clearer by the view of the moment and of eternity. God has promised perspicuity, i.e. clarity, and it is certainly known to us in the nature of life; take, for instance, the outcome of learning. Things that once confused and overwhelmed us we now do with unconsciously competent aplomb. Is that not clarity?

Insight is a marvellous thing as it’s reached. As it’s acquired; sweetness!

Suddenly the light-bulb flashes into operation in our minds and we’re brilliantly and correctly edified.

This Better Way – a Reason to Strive

In all ways known to life we search for the better, clearer way, the way that makes an aberrant sense and that separates out the various confusions of life.

With this better, more perspicuous way, we find our confidence and suddenly we’re more able to fully enjoy this life—the superabundant life of John 10:10b.

And yet, perhaps we’re not there yet. Maybe we only get there occasionally. Perhaps we’ve been there but those times have long vanished. Even worse, maybe those times are such a distant memory in the context of our presently enigmatic circumstances we can’t possibly see our way back to the way we know life can be.

Still, we strive. We must.

Now and Then!

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

~1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV).

Clarity is coming, and though we see glimpses of perspicuity, we won’t know it fully, unconditionally—not yet.

The Christ-life is, however, within realms, the view and reality of salvation this side of eternity, which is perfect perspicuity. And though we live now in a rather imperfect version of perspicuity, a.k.a. ‘eternal life now,’ it is no less the better way.

We can afford the confidence of grace; of lightness; of the knowledge of God.

© 2010 S. J. Wickham.

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