“For now we see as in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
In Sunday School last week we were discussing the term enlightenment, and what it means to be enlightened. My husband, our pastor, mentioned that it was Transfiguration Sunday, a commemoration of the event recorded in Matthew, Chapter 17.
“…Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the son, and his clothes became as white as light …” (Matt. 17:1-2)
On the mountaintop the three disciples were enlightened: they saw Jesus as he really was, the son of God. So, when we are enlightened, we see things clearly and differently then we did before. We see things as they actually are, not as the world tells us they are, or the way we want to believe they are. We see and understand reality.
Another synonym for enlightenment is illumination. The Bible is God’s word and has been called:
“…a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
and Jesus called Himself
“…the light of the world.” John 9:5
The apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians tells us:
“But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible.” (5:13)
He was enlightened in a big way on the road to Damascus.
“Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” Acts 9:3
He was blinded for three days and he never saw things the same way again. His life was turned upside down. He went from persecuting Christians to evangelizing for Christ.
Exposure to the light of Christ and the words of Scripture is the only thing that will truly enlighten us. It comes from the Holy Spirit. Seek that light daily. Then you will see clearly.