Christ’s Unapproachable Light

1Ti 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Webster: “IMMORTAL’ITY, noun The quality of never ceasing to live or exist; exemption from death and annihilation; life destined to endure without end; as the immortality of the human soul. –Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10. 1. Exemption from oblivion. 2. Perpetuity; existence not limited; as the immortality of a corporation.”

How is it that Christ only hath immortality and yet, He brought to light our immortality through the gospel (2 Tim. 1:10)? Did not Christ die, as we do, simply because He bore our sins for us? Do not our souls live forever regardless of our eternal destination?

In 1 Tim. 6:16, I suspect Paul may have written of immortality in the sense of Webster’s second definition in that he meant perpetuity, existence not limited. He only is immortal in Himself and has immortality, existing from eternity past to eternity future. He possesses life within Himself (John 5:26). He is the fountain and giver of eternal life, which makes Him the one who gives us our immortality, our eternal life with Him, because we’re given His life that moment we got saved.

Pastor Fred once said to me, “As the Son of Man, He died, but as the Son of God, He lives forever.”

Paul tells us that Christ now as He is in His full glory is unapproachable by man in his natural state of existence. When Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory (Ex. 33:18), He answered, “thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me and live” (Ex. 33:20). In other words, no human being can come into the fullness of God’s presence in his natural body and survive. God’s glory is the sum manifestation of all His inherent attributes which include His goodness, His holiness, His righteousness, His power, and His justice, all of which are absolute in perfection. There is power in the purity of His holiness and His essence, and all of us in these mortal Earth suits don’t stand a chance in the presence of such unimaginable power in His glory.

The full display of the glory of God would immediately overwhelm and destroy all sinful flesh that its brightness would shine upon. Is it any wonder that Paul would write in 2 Thess. 1:9 that at the Lord’s Second Coming, all His enemies shall be destroyed simply from their exposure to the glory of His power?

Paul, having mentioned these glorious attributes of Christ, concludes with a doxology: To him be honour and power everlasting. Amen. God has all power and honor to Himself, and it is our duty to ascribe all power and honor to Him.

Moody in his book on Heaven wrote: “We are amazed at ordinary perfections now. None of us can look the sun squarely in the face. But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, as Paul says, the power of the soul will be stronger. We shall be able to see Christ in His glory then. Though the moon be confounded and the sun ashamed, yet we shall see Him as He is. This is what will make heaven so happy… All the joys we are to know in heaven will come from the presence of God. This is the leading thought in all that the Scripture has to say on the subject… God’s presence will be the very light and life of the place. It is said that one translation of the words describing the presence of God is ‘a happy making sight.’ It will be a sight like the return of a long- lost boy to his mother, or the first glimpse of your home after you have been a long time away. Some of you know how a little sunshine on a dark day, or the face of a kind friend in trouble, often cheers us up. Well, it will be something like that, only a thousand times better. Our perceptions of God will be clearer then, and that will make us love Him all the more. The more we know God, the more we love Him. A great many of us would love God more if we only became better acquainted with Him. While on earth it gives Christians great pleasure to think of the perfection of Jesus Christ, but how will it be when we see Him as He is?”

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