EYES OF OUR HEART
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened.
Paul had a life changing experience on the Road to Damascus. His eyes were opened when Christ revealed Himself to Paul, it was something that carried Paul the rest of his life. What actually happened to Paul? I guess it can be described many ways, but one of the things that happened to Paul is that he got a sense of the reality of God, it could be said that the eyes of his heart were opened. The puritans spoke of having a spiritual “sense” of spiritual things. They often spoke of an experiential Christianity. Have you experienced Christ for yourself? This is how Jonathan Edwards describes this experiential Christian life.
“Thus there is a difference between having an opinion, that God is holy and gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace. There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness. A man may have the former that knows not how honey tastes; but a man cannot have the latter unless he has an idea of the taste of honey in his mind. So there is a difference between believing that a person is beautiful, and having a sense of his beauty. The former may be obtained by hearsay, but the latter only by seeing the countenance. When the heart is sensible of the beauty and amiableness of a thing, it necessarily feels pleasure in the apprehension. It is implied in a person’s being heartily sensible of the loveliness of a thing, that the idea of it is pleasant to his soul; which is a far different thing from having a rational opinion that it is excellent.”
When Christ comes into your life there is an awakening of your soul. Your spiritual senses are energized, the spiritual world becomes alive to you, there is literally an awakening of your inner man. Your faith is made alive, and you begin to taste for yourself the reality of God. Honey is sweet but can never be fully explained what the taste is like. How do you know that honey is good? You have to have a taste for yourself.