Seeing What is Not Yet Seen

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Hayward Wesleyan Church

Stand Alone Message

Scripture Reference
2 Corinthians 4:18; Revelation

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Psychologists say dreams are critical—metaphors that help us work through realities. But dreams are not real…are they? Of course not… Reality is only known by what you can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell— verifiable and empirical data perceived by your 5 senses. People argued that the only things that are real or true are those that can be verified by the scientific method. That is: only hypothesis that can be tested in a controlled environment in space and time are true.

We may know more facts than anyone in the world… but none of them have any meaning or truth, for meaning and truth themselves can’t be scientifically proven. It can only be revealed.

2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Have you ever had a dream that you were dreaming, but the dream within your dream was actually a person in the waking world trying to wake you up? What if this entire world is like a dream, and we’re in the process of being awakened? Whenever we are awakened from a dream, the thing that wakes us is a reality that won’t fit in our dream.

To the dreamer in her dream, there is a gradual realization that the whisper in her ear can’t be explained by the dream. But for a while it’s like the whisper is part of the dream—an in-congruent part of the dream. Are there things in your world that are in-congruent? That don’t fit? That can’t be explained by this world? Paradoxes, mysteries, things you can’t comprehend? Maybe they are real, and this entire, empirical world is the dream. Maybe those things are somebody whispering in your ear, “Sweetheart, wake up.”

Although contextualized and adapted for Hayward Wesleyan Church, much of the concepts come from a sermon by Rev. Peter Hiett called The Kingdom Come. His way of explaining the unseen world of the spiritual realm through the use of “Flatland” was brilliant as well as helpful for folks at HWC.