“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21
I really like that word, “manifest“. It’s used quite a lot throughout the New Testament in regard to the Lord Jesus Christ. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifest
I’m very fond of this particular scripture as well. The reason why is that it means exactly what it says, and will accomplish exactly what the Lord Jesus said it would if it’s conditions were met. And….I’ve personally found it to be true and work that way, as multitudes of other spirit-filled Christians have.
Unbelievers who doubt or outright scoff at the bible will argue that it’s a myth and fairy tale, but then, they are really on the outside looking in at a mystery that hasn’t been made “manifest” to them by the Holy Spirit. And why is that so?….basically because of their own mindset and choice. They have by their own scoffing and doubting, closed themselves off from the truth of God.
10“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Jesus was saying , that it was their choice to close their eyes. Therefore, they have no spiritual “eyes” to see, nor do they have spiritual “ears” with which to hear the truth of God. They are blinded by their own choice not to see and discern spiritual truths.
Again, in 1 Corinthians 2:14 it says that the carnal, or unconverted man can’t understand or receive the things of God because they’re spiritually discerned. I’ve found that altogether to be very true even recently when talking to an unsaved person. They just don’t “get it” and it truly goes to illustrate just how distinct the difference is between Christians and those who are yet carnal or unregenerate. The Lord God has deliberately set a barrier there to make it impossible for an unsaved person to cross….until they are born again spiritually. which is a miraculous event indeed.
Atheists accuse God and put Him on trial, demanding proof of His Godhood. Apparently, they have not comprehended that indeed, if God is God of all and over all, that as the Creator of the Universe, the earth, and “them”….He has no obligation whatever to “prove” Himself to His own creation, even though He has left that proof hidden in plain sight.
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Romans 1
The Lord is saying here that man doesn’t get a free pass for their unbelief, because His existence is manifested not only by and in His Creation, but in them, as well. There is no excuse, no place to run, no place where one may hide himself effectively from God.
Furthermore, God has wisely made it so that man must seek after Him in order to bring into manifestation the full spiritually born again reality of the Lord God’s existence. Think how shallow and meaningless it would be for the Creator God to clearly manifest His existence to all men so that they would have clear tangible, visible proof of Him, and thereby be obligated to serve Him, along with marching orders to do so. Instead God has chosen a way for those whom He has placed in their hearts a desire to know and serve Him out of love, not force or a tangible proof, but by Faith; the kind of faith that produces substance and evidence. Amazing!
Thomas, the disciple believed in Jesus already, but Jesus came and chided him for demanding further proof of His resurrection:
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20: 26-28
A neighbor who claims to be an agnostic, told me recently that she was not a “total unbeliever”, but that she “just didn’t know”. I then suggested to her that if she were sincerely in doubt as to the reality of God, that she simply begin asking Him with an open child like inquisitiveness to respond to her and help her to believe. My experience with the Lord is that He is so full of love, mercy and grace, that He will indeed response to this woman….as well as to all who come to Him in a humble manner. He will obviously not respond to those who are not only actively denying His Existence, but shaking their fists at Him and railing against Him.