Invisible visibility

178 invisible visibleI find it amusing when people declare, "If I can not see it, I will not believe it." I often hear people say that God exists or that He includes all people in His grace and mercy. In order not to offend, I point out that we see neither magnetism nor electricity, but know by their effects that they exist. The same applies to wind, gravity, sound and even thought. In this way we experience what is called "imageless knowledge". I like to point out such knowledge, as the "invisible visibility."

Reliant on our eyesight, for years we could only speculate about what was in the heavens. With the help of telescopes (such as the Hubble telescope) we know a lot more today. What was once "invisible" to us is now visible. But not everything that exists is visible. Dark matter z. B. emits no light or heat. It is invisible to our telescopes. However, scientists know that dark matter exists because they have found out their gravitational effects. A quark is a tiny speculative particle that forms protons and neutrons in the nucleus of the atoms. With gluons, quarks also form more exotic hadrons, such as mesons. Although none of these components of an atom has ever been observed, scientists have demonstrated their effects.

There is no microscope or telescope through which God can be seen, as the scriptures in John 1,18 tell us: God is invisible: "No man has ever seen God. But his only son, who knows the Father well, has shown us who God is. "With physical resources, there is no way to" prove "God's existence. But we believe that God exists because we have experienced the effects of his unconditional, all-surpassing love. This love is, of course, highly personal, intense and concrete in Jesus Christ revealed. In Jesus we see what his apostles concluded: God is love. Love, which can not be seen in itself, is God's nature, motivation and purpose. As TF Torrance explains:

"The constant and incessant outpouring of God's love, which has no reason for doing anything other than love, which is God, has therefore been poured out without regard to the person and without regard to their reactions" (Christian Theology and Scientific Culture, p.84).

God loves because of who he is, not because of who we are and what we do. And this love is revealed to us in God's grace.

While we can not fully explain the invisible, such as love or grace, we know it exists because what we see is partially present. Note, I use the word "partial". We do not want to fall into the trap of the conceit that the visible explains the invisible. TF Torrance, who studied theology and science, states that the opposite is true; the invisible explains the visible. To illustrate this, he uses the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20,1-16), where the owner of the vineyard hires workers all day to work in the fields. At the end of the day, each worker receives the same salary, even though some have been working hard all day and others only working for a few hours. For most workers, this seems unfair. How could someone who worked just one hour receive the same pay as someone who works all day?

Torrance points out that the fundamentalist and liberal exegetes miss the point of Jesus' parable, which does not treat wages and righteousness, but God's unconditional, generous and powerful grace. This grace is not based on how long we worked, how long we believed, how much we studied, or how obedient we were. God's grace is based entirely on who God is. With this parable, Jesus "makes visible" the "invisible" nature of God's grace, which is very different from us, seeing and doing things. God's kingdom is not about how much we earn, but about God's generous generosity.

Jesus' parable tells us that God offers His wonderful grace to all people. And while everyone is offered the gift in the same measure, some immediately choose to live in grace in this reality and thus have the opportunity to enjoy it longer than those who have not yet made that choice. The gift of grace is for everyone. What the individual does with it is very different. When we live in God's grace, what was invisible to us has become visible.

The invisibility of God's grace does not make them any less real. God gave himself to us so that we can know and love him and receive his forgiveness and enter into a relationship with him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We live in faith and not in sight. We have experienced his will in our lives, in our thoughts and actions. We know that God is love because we know who He is in Jesus Christ who "revealed" Him to us. As it is written in John 1,18 (New Geneva Translation):
"No one has ever seen God. The only Son revealed Him to us, Himself who is God and sits by the side of the Father. "We feel the power of God's grace, just as we learn His purpose to forgive and love us - the wonderful gift of His To give grace. As Paul puts it in Philippians 2,13 (New Geneva Translation): "God himself is at work in you and not only makes you ready, but also able to do what he pleases."

Living in His grace,

Joseph Tkach
President GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL


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