COUNTING THE STARS
BY: MARVIN E. COPE
I want to write here about eternal, heavenly life in Christ, because that is what the Kingdom of heaven in us is. His eternal and heavenly Kingdom is resident in the Spirit of Christ in and as us on this little planet. Nowhere in the Bible is His Kingdom called the Kingdom of earth, but His Kingdom includes the earth, as well as all the stars and galaxies in His creation. (Heb. 1:3)
As He shows me the vastness of His unexplored Kingdom, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit within, I’ve come to understand that the earth is just a first tiny step in my eternal journey in Christ. His gospel of the Kingdom (Matt. 24:24) is a mystery to most of His children. We have limited His kingdom to the planet earth while ignoring the promise to Abram of descendants as the stars of heaven: “Look now toward the heavens and count the stars if you are able to number them.” Then He said to him, “so shall your descendants be.” (Gen. 15:5)
It is Christ who created our star, the sun, to give us light, heat and life covering the planet. Our physical life depends on the sacrifice of the sun giving up four million tons of itself in energy every second to produce our light and heat. This is the glory of the sun toward us as our personal star.
When Christ created our star, the sun (Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:10; Rev. 4:11), He also created the glory of a universe filled with stars, the ones He promised Abram, that are also expending themselves to give us lights in our night sky, the glory of God radiant throughout the creation. We, the children of light (Eph. 5:8) are drawn to the light of Christ, both within and without!
If you didn’t know what was promised to Abram, that the stars have now been counted in this generation by space telescopes such as the Hubbell, here is the count. In our own Milky Way galaxy there are three hundred billion stars like our sun! In the universe there are one trillion galaxies! All of these galaxies are expanding, racing away from one another creating more space and more time! Those who discovered these facts did not want to believe what they had learned. One of these discoverers, Einstein, when quizzed about why and how he learned his world changing equation, said, “I want to know how the Old One thinks!”
I did not understand until recently that sunlight, starlight and Christ light are all expressions of one Light Being, whether inside or outside, whether seen or unseen. Now I’m beginning to get the revelation that God’s Word to me is His Light that is lighting the eternal path for my spiritual walk with Him, a “lamp unto my feet and a light for my path” (Psa. 119:105). His “glory that has risen upon us” (Isa. 60: 1) is His omnipresent Christ light (Jn. 1:9). The omnipresent Christ light in the children of light means the fulfillment of Isa. 60: 19-20, “The Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty.”
Now, I understand how the heavens are filled with the glory of God (Ps.19:1). God’s many lights are all created by Christ. Whether the light comes from Him within me, or outwardly from all the universe, He is upholding and guiding. It is all Christ’s creation and is one in Christ to the glory of the Father! Now Eph. 1:10 and His promise to Abram are clear to me, that whether inside us or outside us, everything is gathered together in one glorious Being, Christ, the Light Being! (Eph. 1:10, 22-23. and 1 Cor. 15:27-28)
All of this revelation by the Holy Spirit, our God-given teacher of eternal things, leads me to great appreciation and thanksgiving to my God Family. I can see now that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the whole heavenly family, have included me, the least one in the awesome, mind-boggling plan of God, His eternally expanding creation. He is making way for us to walk as one with Him in the glory of His eternal light, life and love Kingdom through eternity! Now I understand why some would say, “It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, and the half has never yet been told!” (I Pet. 1:8)
I am greatly indebted to Brian Swimme, author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 10545 (1-800-273-3720), for the inspiration of his insights that have helped me see the connection between my inner and outer worlds.
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