Jesus Always - September 30th
Are we to seek knowledge or experiences?
Part II - Path To Heaven / Knowledge
In part I we looked at the phrase "the Light of the gospel
of My Glory," and I still don't know what that means. So
let's move on and take a look at the second paragraph of the September
30th devotion. We'll take it one sentence at a time. (All quotes
are from the 2016 edition of Jesus Always by Sarah Young, page
"When you trusted Me as your Savior, I set your feet on the
pathway to heaven."
It sounds good, but is this statement true? When we trust in Jesus
as our Savior, does that start our journey down the pathway to heaven?
When you are saved, what is your status? We are immediately adopted
as children of God. We immediately are citizens of heaven. We already
have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Here is what
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places
in Christ - Ephesians 1:3
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
- Galatians 3:26
For our citizenship is in heaven - Philippians 3:20 (Visit
for more on your citizenship in heaven.)
In his book,, "The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven"
Puritan Arthur Dent describes the pathway to heaven in six "principles
heads" (his words). He wrote:
"First it sheweth man's misery in nature, with the means of
recovery, secondly, it sharply inveigheth against iniquity of the
time, and common corruptions of the world; thirdly, it sheweth the
marks of the children of God and of the reprobates, together with
the apparent signs of salvation and damnation; fourthly, it declareth
how hard a thing it is to enter into life, and how few shall enter;
fifthly, it layeth open the ignorance of the world, with the objections
of the same; last of all, it publisheth and proclaimeth the sweet
promises of the gospel, with the abundant mercy of God." -
What Dent is describing as the "pathway to heaven" It is
the path to salvation. Once we are saved, we have heaven. We are not
physically in heaven, but the only step that is missing is our physical
death. Once we are saved, we are at the end of the path. The way Sarah
Young describes it, it sounds like our salvation just puts us on the
beginning of the path to heaven... and that this not true. When we
are born again we are immediately born into the kingdom of Heaven.
While Jesus Always may not be totally wrong in what it says
in this sentence, it certainly is misleading. This
"Forgiveness of sins and a future in heaven are wondrous blessings,
but I have even more for you."
I've read this sentence over and over. I'm having trouble believing
that any Christian would say this. There is something more that is
even better that forgiveness of sins and being in heaven? Something
more? Something better? I don't think so. Let's go t to the next two
sentences where we'll find out that this "more" is based
on New Age beliefs, not Christianity.
Third & Fourth Sentences:
"I have made My Light shine in your heart to give you the
Light of knowledge of the Glory of My Face. I want you to seek
My Face wholeheartedly, so you can enjoy the radiant knowledge
of My glorious Presence."
Part of the third sentence is in italics. It is a quote from 2 Corinthiams
For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness,
made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge
of Gods glory displayed in the face of Christ. - 2 Corinthians
There are distinct and significant differences between scripture
and how the Jesus Always "quote" of that scripture
This Jesus Always devotion is saying that Jesus is giving
us "the Light of the knowledge of the Glory of My Face."
Scripture says that God gave us "the light of the knowledge
of Gods glory displayed in the face of Christ."
That's a major difference. Those two statements have very different
Jesus Always then says that the result will be that you will
"enjoy the radiant knowledge of My glorious Presence."
What does that mean? It certainly is not Biblical, as there is nothing
like this described in scripture.
What Does Scripture Say?
This verse is about salvation. Paul is using the Genesis creation
of light as an analogy for salvation.
The result is that we have true knowledge about Christ. We were in darkness.
When God saves us it is like a light coming on. For the first time we
know who Christ is; God incarnate. And we see that the glory of God
shines in the face of the Son.
"The same God who turned on the light physically turns
on the light spiritually--and does both without using any evolutionary
processes." - John MacArthur, New Testament Commentary
2 Corinthians, 2003, page 134
Appendix I of "Should I RUN From Jesus Always" talks
about seeking God's face. This is an Old Testament term with several
meanings, depending on the context. It most often means to seek blessing
that only can come from God. It can also mean to seek God's presence
in a holy place such as the Temple. So talking about the face of Jesus
means to see the truth... to see reality... it means to know you are
fixing your eyes upon God, the source of your faith, your life, and
your salvation... the glory of God. Hebrews states the same thing,
and describes the glory of the face of Christ:
"fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of
faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
- Hebrews 12:2
What Is Jesus Always Saying?
I can't say for sure what Sarah Young is saying in Jesus Always.
Once again, as is typical with New Age teaching, it is vague and it
uses unconventional terminology that allows the reader to put whatever
meaning they wish into the text.
Since "Face" (capitalized) in Jesus Always may have
the same meaning as "face" (never capitalized) in scripture,
we could take it to me the presence of God. The Jesus Always
quote then says:
"I have made My Light shine in your heart to give you the
Light of knowledge of the Glory of My Presence. I want you to
seek My Presence wholeheartedly, so you can enjoy the radiant
knowledge of My glorious Presence."
Jesus Always is not talking about salvation. So it is perverting
scripture. That's a fact, even though we're not sure what Jesus
Always is saying. My understanding of what it is saying is that,
as a result of Jesus' "Light" (capital "L" meaning
it is god) shining in our hearts, we gain knowledge of the Presence
(capital "P") of Jesus. If we further seek that Presence
we can better enjoy that Presence.
By the way, what is it like to experience the Presence of god? Sarah
Young describes two of her experiences in the introduction to Jesus
"Suddenly I felt as if a warm mist enveloped me. I became
aware of a lovely Presence, and my involuntary response was to whisper,
'Sweet Jesus.'" - Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, 2004, page
"When I prayed for myself, I was suddenly enveloped in
brilliant light and profound peace. I lost all sense of time as
I experienced God's Presence in this powerful way." - Sarah
Young, Jesus Calling, 2004, pages x-xi
Have you ever read anything like this in scripture? I haven't.
Read chapter 11 in the book "Should I RUN From Jesus Always?"
It decribes how people in the Bible reacted when they came into the
presence of God. In general they fell on their faces.
Go to: Part 1 (Jesus
Always September 30 | Part
3 (Jesus Always September 30th)