“My Lord and my God!” Like Jesus’ disciple Thomas, reason can’t resolve my doubts, but encounter can. The more I open my heart to experience the risen Jesus, the more I’m astounded, undone, and overwhelmed by Him. I don’t understand the theology of it all, but I bask in Christ as He lives in me and fills me with the hope of glory.
Another Thomas, Thomas of Aquinas who lived in the 1200s, spent his life trying to rationally explain God. He is known as one of the greatest theologians in church history. Late in life he went to a monastery and had an amazing encounter with the living God. Afterwards he is quoted as saying, “All that I have written seems to me so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me.”
Biblical Christianity requires much more than theology. It requires direct revelation from God. Like Jesus told Peter: “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” If you want to know who Jesus is, open your heart to Him. One peep of His voice. One glimpse of His glory can change your life forever. Listen to and behold the Lamb of God!
Live by God’s Spirit, not by your own desires. When Christians live in God’s Spirit, they’re united. When they don’t, they aren’t. When the body of Christ gathers under the direct Headship and direction of the risen Jesus, it becomes His town meeting (ekklesia).