HF130 - Beholding the Beauty of the Lord
From: "Pastor Buddy Martin" <Bro.Buddy@ChristianChallenge.org>
Date: Tue, August 31, 2004
Subject: Bible Study HF130 - Beholding the Beauty of the Lord
The walk of faith rests entirely upon a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ. It is so important to
understand this. Jesus did not come to give us another
religion. He came to give us Himself. When this truth becomes
a reality, we are well on our way to a life of discovering the
beauty and wonder of Jesus Christ.
It is as David said in Psalm
27:4; "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I
shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the
days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to
meditate in His temple."
Paul said the same thing in different words; "But we
all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of
the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory
to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." (2Co3:18)
Let's talk about it.
This is Bible Study HF130 - Beholding the Beauty of the
Where David says, "Open my eyes, that I may behold
wonderful things from your Law," he is speaking of a
book. David knew that there were awesome untold treasures to
be found in God's book. He knew this intuitively and he knew
it by experience. In fact when David said 'wonderful things'
it is likely that his attention was directed towards God's
secret, that is, His Messiah, the Lord.
Later David writes, "The Lord said to my Lord."
Since we now know that this speaks of Jesus Himself, it can be
said that David's Lord was Jesus Christ, even though he did
not know the Lord by that name. But David spoke often of
Jesus, as did Isaiah and all the prophets. In fact the older
testament is a treasure house that is filled with the beauty
of the Lord Jesus.
And so while the apostle Paul points us to the treasure
house of God's book, he also speaks of a blindness that has
come upon those of the Jewish faith who had rejected Jesus as
the Messiah and Lord of Israel. But the book remains true. For
believers it is filled with the awesome wonders of Jesus and
of His beauty.
When we believers read the same Scriptures as do they in
the synagogue, there is no veil over our hearts. The apostle
said that we are 'being' transformed from glory to glory as we
behold the beauty of the Lord. Of course Paul was speaking of
what we today call the Old Testament. There was no New
Testament when Paul wrote his letters. (Actually Paul's
writings are considered to be the earliest books we have in
the New Testament.)
But in all this, perhaps it should be said that the single
greatest need of believers today is to have our eyes fully
opened to the glory and beauty of Jesus. It was this very
beauty that enthralled the prophets of old. It was this
revealed beauty that enthralled the apostles, as we hear John
write, "And we saw His glory, glory as of the only
begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John
Reaching back to the prophets, we hear one of the Psalmists
write about Jesus, saying, "My heart overflows with a
good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the
tongue of a ready writer. You are fairer than the sons of men;
grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You
45:1,2) The ancients considered this Psalm to be about
And so for believers there is a beauty in Jesus to be
realized that no sinner can ever hope to know. It is simply in
the beauty of knowing. It is in this knowing that our hearts
spring forth in our love for Jesus. Peter said it best,
"And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and
though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly
rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory." (1Pet1:8)
When Peter says that we have not seen him, he is speaking
of a physical sense. But we actually do see Him with our
hearts. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that the allows us
to know Jesus both in His sufferings, and in His resurrected
glory. Jesus said, "For this is the will of My Father,
that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will
have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last
Is there more to this than simply the aspect of beauty?
Yes, there is more, but the beauty of the Lord will always be
the under girding strength for a believer's walk with Jesus.
What else is there besides His beauty? I am so glad you asked.
Let's hear it from the apostle Paul.
Paul said, "He is the image of the invisible
God." A little further he writes that there is a wealth
that comes from "the full assurance of understanding,
resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is,
Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge." (Cf. Col1:15;
Did you catch it? All the treasures of eternity, all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge, all the wealth of heaven
are hidden in Jesus Christ Himself. This is why once we come
to know the Lord, our life takes on the aura of a spiritual
journey where we begin to make discovery after discovery after
discovery. All these discoveries wrap themselves around Jesus.
I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that the Christian walk is
not a walk of wonder. It is wondrous beyond compare.
There is an Old Testament story that gives a picture of the
beauty of our walk with the Lord. Finding a bride for Isaac is
filled with types and shadows of Christ and the Church. In
this beautiful Old Testament story we have Abraham as the
Father. We have Isaac as the Son. We have Eliezer, the servant
of Abraham, as the Holy Spirit. And we have Rebecca as the
Rather than fill in the blanks you may wish to read this
story afresh. It is laid out in Genesis
24. But the part I want to draw your attention to is the
return journey in which Eliezer is bringing Rebecca to Isaac.
On this journey Eliezar fills Rebecca's mind and heart with
thoughts of Isaac. He gives gifts to Rebecca. And as the
caravan gets closer to their destination, Rebecca's heart is
fully overflowing with a love for Isaac. (Rather than me
filling in all the details, just let your mind wander a bit on
How then is Eliezer a type of the Holy Spirit? Listen to
what Jesus says; "When the Helper comes, whom I will send
to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who
proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me."
Then the Lord follows this up in saying, "But when He,
the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the
truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but
whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you
what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine
and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has
are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will
disclose it to you." (Cf. John
So Eliezer shared with Rebecca the treasures that belonged
to Isaac. After all, Isaac was Abraham's true heir of all
things. But point being, once again, that when we come to know
the Lord, our life takes on the forum of a journey of
exploration. We are on the Rebecca journey. We are learning
about the beauty of the Lord Jesus. We are learning about our
future with Him.
Let me bring all this back to basic Christianity. The
longer you walk with Jesus the more composed your life
becomes. Every young believer has to work through
insecurities, through certain doubts, and even fears. The Holy
Spirit continues to help us process life by sharing with us
The Bible itself describes the path of the righteous as
"the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter unto
the full day." Peter may be alluding to this when he
writes, "And so we have the prophetic word made more
sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp
shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning
star arises in your hearts." And Paul most surely has
this in mind in saying that we are transformed from glory to
glory as we behold the glory of the Lord. (Cf. Prov4:18;
What do we need to understand in all this? First we need to
realize that the Lord Himself is our inheritance. And
secondly, we need to realize that the Lord's inheritance is
our inheritance. So in the turn around, don't get too carried
away with the issue of religion. As I said in the beginning,
Jesus didn't come to give us a religion. He came to give us
Have you been beholding the beauty of the Lord lately?
Think about it. The study is open. Feel free to share your
thoughts or ask questions.
Lawrence E. (Buddy) Martin, HF Host
"See to it that no one comes short of the grace
of God; that no root of bitterness springing up
causes trouble, and by it many be defiled." (Heb12:15)
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