Faith Does on Earth What Glory Does in Heaven

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 39

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ…

–2 Peter 1:1 (ESV)

Perfect faith would do for us on earth what God’s glory does in heaven. For all of heaven experiences a kind of unity with God because of his glory. Perfect, uninterrupted faith would achieve the same result for us here on earth, only by a different means.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Imagine what perfect faith would do for you, and what it would look like. Jean Pierre de Caussade has given us many ideas of what it would look like, ideas that perhaps we have not considered before. According to him, perfect, uninterrupted faith would unite us to God, just as his glory unites all of heaven. Furthermore, it would give a heavenly face to all earthly things and make our life a continual conversation with God. We would see everything happening around us as an atmosphere vibrating with constant communication from God. The most mundane, earthly things would fill us with a heavenly sense of wonder. On one hand, it seems like we would be willing to suffer any trial with joy, and able to accomplish any task with ease. On the other hand, it seems like we would not be able to get much of anything done, being too intoxicated with the wonder of divine revelation.

But one thing you should not do, when imagining such faith, is to get discouraged. If you do not see your faith getting similar results, does that mean that it is a small, weak, wavering, intermittent, disappointing version of the real thing? Not at all. While there are counterfeit versions of faith, there is only one real faith. The apostle Peter called it “faith of equal standing” (2 Peter 1:1). In other words, “like precious faith” (KJV), or “a precious faith of the same kind as ours” (Amplified Bible).

Be encouraged. If perfect faith can do all that we have said above, imagine what your faith can do, right here and right now.

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