When God speaks of “vision,” He is talking about seeing what He sees. The vision that God talks about in His word is the ability to see His plan and purpose. It is seeing what He has set in motion, which is prologue to his present and future doings.
Only those who have been “born from above” will be able to “see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3-5). So, the vision that God speaks of is one being able to see His Kingdom and His government. And after seeing it, entering it (John 3: 3-5).
This government of God will replace all of man’s governments that we have been subjected to. This is the overriding theme of the Bible. Righteousness and justice will be universally attained through Christ’s reign. 1,000 years of peace will ensue under His rule. He will be the Joy of nations and the long-awaited bringer of the much talked about good news gospel of God.
Those who are born of the Spirit are destined to see this vision of Christ as the exiled King, returning to rule with a “rod of iron” and bringing peace to this earth.
The Consequence of a Visionless Populace
“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” goes the proverb (Prov. 29:18). People will perish if they don’t see the things that God is doing. We must first see Christ’s invisible Kingdom before we can enter it. It takes faith. For faith/belief is being sure of the things that we hope for and being certain of things not seen (Hebrews 11: 1 NIV).
Hope derives from His promises. And what grand promises he has made for us! Our hopes for peace on earth are in His promises to us. Our ancient longing for immortality that He promised us was done “before the world began” (Titus 1:2). Everlasting life with our Creator and His Kingdom awaits us. But it is only for those who are sure and certain of the things God has promised—things which are not seen yet with our mortal eyes.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor. 2:9; Isa. 64:4).
What is it that eyes have not seen? We have not seen the Invisible King enthroned in His Invisible Kingdom. Where is this Kingdom? It is not up and out past Mars and Jupiter and the twinkling stars. His Kingdom is very near. We are inside of it, for “we live, move and have our being” in this wonderful invisible God (Acts 17:28).
He is very near, and He is waiting ever so patiently for us to answer His calling and election. Someone will say, But I don’t get it. I can’t see it. Then I give you an analogy. Go outside and feel the wind blowing against your cheek. You are surrounded by the wind, yet you cannot see it. The Spirit of God is like that. To see Him, we need spiritual eyes, not the eyes we have. It takes eyes that only He can provide. Ask Him for those eyes. He is waiting.
Kenneth Wayne Hancock