To See Clearly

The Lord Jesus Christ said in Revelation 3:18 to “anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. “Eyesalve” in the original Greek is “kollourion.” It is a material used as a remedy for tender or afflicted eyelids. This ointment first stung, but then healed. This is a beautiful picture of the believer taking the Word as God’s thoughts, which act first sting because they are so radically different from his own thought patterns and natural outlook. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).
As the believer logs many hours under the teaching of God’s Word, he becomes accustomed to having the thoughts of Christ (2), and therefore, the right point of view. He has a single eye (3) and can truly see (4), because the Word is his viewpoint. In Matthew 16:23-24, Jesus rebuked Peter for having only a natural outlook and showed that only a personal cross (identification with Christ’s death) could produce right thinking or thinking with God.

It is so precious for the believer to see every man just as the once blind man at Bethsaida, and to have the capacity for the right point of view. “He was restored, and saw every man clearly” (Mark 8:25).

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