In the world but not of it

August 30, 2010


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That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life…1 John 1:1

People often mention the word reality when they are describing their circumstances and situation. As people we have ideals, beliefs, and values that make up our character, our personality and what we call our reality.

Sometimes we say, “the reality of the situation is”, in order to describe how we see the actual facts of the situation. The word itself is defined as the state of something real or factual but some people’s reality is not based on facts but rather on their habits and history.

In other words the experiences they’ve had, the company they keep, the habits they are conformed too have shaped their world, and their bubble and this becomes their reality. This is a dangerous place for us because it can skew our perspective and ability to see what is really real.

Notice what John states here in this passage about Christ. He uses some very important words such as heard, seen, looked upon and handled to describe the reality of knowing the Word of life.

These terms are all used in a tense that infers an idea of attentiveness, awareness, interest and urgency.

In other words, the disciples made it their priority to study the Savior, to make Him their reality and the basis from which everything else flows. You’ve read this many times perhaps but read it once more with the background knowledge of Christ being “reality” and note the phrases in bold.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.

Colossians 1:15-18

Reality is found only in Christ and when you have Him you have your Reality…


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