KNOW THE LORD AS PERFECTLY AS POSSIBLE
By A. W. Tozer
There shall be nothing in the city that is evil;
for the throne of God and of the Lamb will be
there, and his servants will worship him.
And they shall see his face; and his name
shall be written on their foreheads.
. . . . Revelation 22: 3, 4
If God is the Supreme Good then our highest
blessedness on earth must lie in knowing Him as
perfectly as possible!
The ultimate end to which redemption leads is the
immediate sight of the ever-blessed Godhead. In our
present state we cannot with our natural eyes look upon
God, for it is written, "Thou canst not see my face: for
there shall no man see me, and live" Exod. 33:20
When the work of Christ has been completed in His
people, however, it will be possible, even natural, for
redeemed men to behold their Redeemer. This is stated
plainly by the Apostle John: "But we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him
as he is" 1 John 3:2
This rapturous experience has been called the Beatific
Vision and will be the culmination of all possible human
blessedness. It will bring the glorified saint into a state of
perpetual bliss which to taste for even one moment will
banish forever from his mind every memory of grief or
suffering here below.
I suppose the vast majority of us must wait for the great
day of the Lord's coming to realize the full wonder of the
vision of God Most High. In the meantime, we are, I believe,
missing a great measure of radiant glory that is ours by
blood-covenant and available to us in this present world;
if we would but believe it and press on in the way of holiness.
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.