declares the Lord,
“the people of Israel and the people of Judah together
will go in tears to seek the Lord their God.
5 They will ask the way to Zion
and turn their faces toward it.
They will come and bind themselves to the Lord
in an everlasting Covenant
that will not be forgotten.Jer 50
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.Rev 1
Wisdom brightens a man’s face
and changes its hard appearance.Ecc 8:1
and keep you;
25 the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace. ”’Num 6
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
8 He who vindicates me is near.
Who then will bring charges against me?
Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
Let him confront me!
9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
Who is he that will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
the moths will eat them up. Is 50
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Cor 1
The Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God causes us to willingly renounce secret and shameful ways. When we have seen His majesty, there is a disdain and even illness that would come over us to harbor secret and shameful ways in our lives. We have seen the glory of righteousness and everything else is utterly and fearfully dark. This is the fear of God that prevents us from sinning. Our heart's desire after seeing Him is only to be near to Him and we cry out "As for me it is good to be near God" (Ps 73:28). In this sense we commend ourselves to every man's conscience as we set forth the Truth plainly. We have nothing to hide for we have renounced the secrets sins of the flesh and heart. Yes, often in faith we renounce them with pain, but He surely comes to us soon with His comfort and joy. He satisfies us with the "Bread of sincerity and Truth" (I Cor 5:8).
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the Truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. .... 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Cor 4
When we have seen Him, He commits to us His Message of reconciliation. Our sight of Him allows us to be Christ's ambassadors. God makes His appeal through us. We have seen His glory and He has captivated our hearts forever. We have bound ourselves to Him and He has chosen us to bear His Name. How can it be that the One whom we could not see and whom we had so greatly revolted against in our former life has allowed us to represent Him and He has chosen to make His very own appeal through us? He has loved us so dearly and He has shown us His glorious self though we are so undeserving!
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the Knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust —
there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For men are not cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to the children of men.Lam 3
Though we are already purified and justified by accepting the Word that has been planted inside of us, when we have gone astray, He allows us to be filled with Godly sorrow. This Godly sorrow results in repentance and leads to salvation and leaves no regret. Many of us look back to the sins which we have committed after we have trusted in Christ and we regret that we had grieved our Savior and we desire to have walked in holiness if we could somehow relive those time periods. And yet, as we look back to how He allowed us to experience Godly sorrow that led to repentance, we see how He had used even our faults to reveal His grace and mercy. He has taught us innumerable Truths and has strengthened our souls in His grace even through these times when we had gone astray. In this sense the Godly sorrow that brought repentance has left no regret. For we have come out of these times cleansed and forgiven and with a deeper understanding of His glorious grace for which we praise Him. Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Cor 7 It is not as though we would desire now to have sinned or to continue in sin with the hope for such a revelation of His glory, for what we truly desire is to see Him and to fear Him so that we will never turn away from Him (Jer 32:40). Though He had chosen to reveal His glory through the grace shown in the midst of our sinfulness, once we had seen His glory, if we had truly seen It, we would be changed such that we would not want to repeat the same acts of wickedness. The Knowledge of His glory removes the blindness of heart that results in the thinking that we could "go on sinning so that grace may increase" (Rom 6:1).