Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”
10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. – 1 Corinthians 2:6-10
When I was in junior high school my dad bought me a telescope. Actually it was a telescope kit. It showed up in a 2 inch by 3 inch by 2 inch box. We had to get a cardboard tube and a piece of pipe, make some bushings. Then we fitted lenses and cardboard holders for the lenses into a rigged-together eyepiece. Sad (and needless to say), it didn’t work. We couldn’t get the optics lined up correctly. We couldn’t adjust things finely enough. Our skills (and maybe the instructions) were simply not that well honed. It was a big disappointment.
Many years later we were at a state park where a bonafide telescope was set up. Looking through the lens yielded an amazing view! Stars appeared, along with planets and new details. We could actually see the rings of Saturn. It was amazing. Inspiring. Delightful. Much like the view we had of the night sky in the middle of nowhere in far-west Texas.
Paul speaks of things no eye has seen. He is not talking about constellations, stellar apparitions, or planetary details, but of something even more sublime and glorious. He speaks of the grace and love of God shown in Jesus Christ.
This was truly something not seen prior to Jesus’ appearing. Although the prophets had foretold it, and the word of God had laid it out, even grasping it by faith offered only a glimpse of the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
Even today we are constrained in our ability to see the fullness of God’s glory in Jesus Christ. For – as Isaiah had foretold – he had no appearance that should attract us to him (Isaiah 53:2). And his most glorious moment was hidden from our view. Only the disciples witnessed Jesus’ ascension into heaven to be seated at the right hand of God. In fact the most indelible image of Jesus is found in his suffering on the cross.
This is nothing new to God. His plan was set before the foundation of the world. Jesus’ crucifixion was not a mistake, but the essential element of God’s plan for our rescue, redemption and salvation.
This is the way I think also of the Great Last Day. We think we know what it will be like – just like the people of Jesus’ day who were waiting for the Messiah. But we do not know. No eye has seen.
One day we will see – face to face. One day the veil that clouds our vision will be removed. One Day that which no eye has seen will be revealed before our very eyes. In the meantime we wait, hope, and trust in God and his promises. We look forward to the fullness of the blessings God has in store for those who love him.