If Your Eye Be Single

Matthew 6:22-23

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

If your eye be single, your whole body will be full of light. What does this mean? It is talking about your focus, or your sight. Hence the use of the eyes in this passage. If your focus is on Christ, or God, your body will be full of light. I can tell you that a communion with God brings about a state of being where you feel as though you truly are full of light. I use the word feel loosely, because it’s not even really a feeling. In this instance, to use the word feel, is because it is the closest way to describing this.

So how does one reach this point of communion with the Lord of Life, this giver of our Sacred Breath? That’s a brilliant question. Fortunately, I have an answer for it. It happens to be one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. Whether or not it’s in English, no matter the translation, or in the Greek, or in the Hebrew, or even the Aramaic. This is because over the centuries, we have fled from our Eastern Roots in Judaism. Christians once were unashamed and unafraid of the supernatural and mystical disciplines that Christ Himself exercised. Jesus wasn’t a Christian. He was a Jew. He practiced meditation. He followed the rituals of the Jews, and He knew ALL the scriptures of the Old Testament. Everything He taught came out of the Law and the Prophets. Now, I’m not saying that all Christians are this way, but it is an unfortunate majority of the people here in the West, in the USA. Even among the Spirit-filled, Hellfire and Brimstone preaching Pentacostals and Independent Fundamental Baptists. The two groups that happen to be the closest to  understanding the walk of Christ on both, an intellectual and Spiritual level. Impressive, considering how much has been lost to us.

You ready for the verse? I’ve spent very little time meditating upon it, but I am convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it is the very answer to constant communion with the Father. It’s more than just one verse though. It’s a mini passage from 1 Thessalonians.

 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Looky there. The will of God in Christ is to do these things. The will of God concerning us is to rejoice, pray without ceasing, and to be thankful in everything. Ho boy. Wasn’t the will of God supposed to be a mystery we search for indefinitely hoping we find it in each situation?? Apparently not. But also, let us look at what this means for us, when we sow it together with the talk of the eyes.

If you follow the above prescription for life in Christ, in God’s will, then your entire focus will be on God. Jesus is called the Light of the World. So if our focus is on Him, entirely, then logically, our whole being will be full of light. Now, before you think I’m just making a leap of logic, let me show you the next passage that helped me to connect those two ideas.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. ~ John 15:1-6

I don’t think it’s going to require an explanation of why I made that leap from the eyes and light of the body, to praying without ceasing. Am I wrong? “I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in Him…” The Vine is Jesus. Who is also the light of the world. If we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, and He abides in us because He said He would, then our whole body will be full of light.

These are the truths of the Christian Mystic. Many who have an intellectual understanding of faith and God fail to see the Mystical relationship to our focus, and the communion with God the Father.

Let us look at the flip side of this though, since Christ felt the need to talk about it, yeah?

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

In other words, if our focus isn’t solely on Him, who alone is Good, and Worthy of praise,  the Light will be pushed out, and our body shall be full of darkness. This is why He exclaims how great is that darkness, if that is the light in us. Because our focus is divided , or not even on God at all, or worse, on a false god, then we are darkened, and it pushes the light out.  This is why I say not to spend time learning the religions of other people.  If it isn’t Christ you are focused on learning about, then you are putting yourself at risk and walking into the darkness. Jesus didn’t say to go learn other religions so that you could know how to witness. He said go and preach the Gospel, which I point out, hasn’t changed. He also commanded how to do it. Tarry ye at Jerusalem until the promise of the Father comes to you. He states that signs and wonders will follow all who believe. These signs and wonders are God affirming the Gospel when it is preached the way He wants it done.

So no. I can witness to many others, but I don’t need to know or understand their religion in order to do so. I simply need to be in communion with the Father, because He promised that when we go out, that we need not prepare what we will say, because it will be His words coming out of our mouths, not ours. Even the Apostle Paul, counted education and all of his own achievements as dung, also known as poop, or trash, or waste materials.  He stated that he relies not on man’s wisdom, or understanding, but on a display of God’s power. That’s bold. I even know some people who will begin making excuses for the fact that they disagree. It’s now taught in Bible colleges across the USA that God doesn’t do that kind of thing anymore. A heretical scourge that oughta produce shame for every individual that believes it and can’t prove it with their bible. Regardless though, the Bible is quite clear. Enough is enough. When we stand before God, all of the excuses will come to our lips, and then we will understand that He won’t accept any of them.  So I leave you on a note that should challenge you:

Get into the secret place of  the Most High. I’ve given you the roadmap to communion with the Father of all Creation. Use it, please. If you wish to prove me wrong, you have to try it.  After all, It’s entirely scriptural. Feel free to test it out and give it a whirl.

~Paul

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