“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
The unbeliever is blind to the things of God, for these are spiritually discerned or seen. There are also many layers of veils covering the believer’s eyes – we see dimly and in part (1 Corinthians 13:12) – still, we see enough to keep us going on the narrow road. These veils are the result of Adam’s sin and have the effect of blinding us to the goodness and glory of God. But we have the Lord’s promise that, even in this life, by keeping our hearts pure we will see God and know Him intimately as our Friend. This rare privilege was given to Moses, and it could be ours if we take the trouble to guard our hearts.
Let’s see what the Bible says about keeping our hearts pure.
John writes that ‘our hope’ as Christians – that one day we will see Jesus face to face, and on that day we will become like Him – ‘purifies us’. “Everyone who has this hope purifies himself (1 John 3:3). If we truly love Jesus today, we will eagerly await His coming and prepare ourselves for that encounter.
What will it be like to see Jesus? Concerning that day itself, we have been warned that it will be a day of wrath, when all unrighteousness is judged and eradicated. So, everyone should fear God and abstain from sin.
But, as believers we are not to fear the second coming of Jesus. That day holds no terror for us, only joy. When we think of the end, it should be with such thoughts: “The One who has always loved me is coming soon. He will take me home and I will forget all my sorrows. He has promised to wipe away my tears. Just looking at Him will fill me with unspeakable joy!”
“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your King is coming to you,
Righteous and having salvation,
Gentle and riding on a donkey…” (Zech. 9:9, NIV)
Be sure of this: He will be gentle, kind and loving to us who are waiting.
A pure heart often thinks of Jesus. When sin tries to get in, we remember Jesus. Our Lord will be grieved if we give in to sin, so we quickly turn away from sin and “look full in His wonderful face” as the song goes.
As we reflect daily on the coming of Jesus, our hearts and lives are being transformed, renewed and purified. We will draw closer to God and He will draw close to us. The shroud before our eyes will disappear- veil after veil will be taken away, till only a thin film remains; and one day even this veil will be stripped away.
“Thank You, Father for opening my eyes to the truth of Jesus. Give me a pure heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me. Help me not to be engrossed in the things of this world – for all this will soon pass away. Instead, remind me constantly that You will come soon and take me home. Help me to prepare myself for that day when the final veil is stripped away, and we see Jesus face to face.”