The Final Frontier
“Space, the Final Frontier.” These are the words of James T. Kirk at the start of every episode of Star Trek. If you listen to him, you might be compelled to believe that space is the only territory left unexplored in the universe. There is, however, a greater mystery that we must seek to understand more clearly.
If only life were so simple as boarding the Enterprise on a ﬁve year interstellar voyage. I have dreamt of taking the captain’s chair and guiding my very own starship through quasars and nebulas, seeking out new life and new civilizations. I know that the Christian life has a far more profound purpose. We have been created to explore the depths of eternity, and not merely the limits of time and space.
As humans, we have a natural hunger to explore. We want to see the unseen and touch the untouched, but we sell our identity far too short if we think that Mars or the reaches of the solar system are as far as we can get. The truth is that God has opened to us a glimpse of His eternal being and kingdom through His Word. Men and women have been studying the Scriptures, in part or in full, for thousands of years, yet they have barely scratched the surface of its deep mystery.
The only way that we can know the eternal is to study God’s revelation of it to us, which is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was withGod and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This passage is all too familiar to those who have read or heard the Gospel of John, but have you ever truly considered what it means? God dwelt in His fullness before time, and all that He was and is and ever will be (He does not change) existed in the beginning. His revelation of who He is and what He has done and will do is every bit as much an inherent attribute of His person as is His Omniscience or Omnipotence.
He has so graciously chosen to give us a glimpse into that revelation. He gave us the Bible that we might learn its truths and apply them to our lives. It is just as we read in James 1, that we must be hearers and doers of the Word. Beyond that, the Word must be hidden in our hearts like an object of great worth and desire (Psalm 119). How can we store up what we have not studied? How can we be doers of what we have not heard?
As I said earlier, there is a hunger in humanity to explore, yet that desire is sorely lacking when it comes to the Word of God. Within its pages lies a mystery of eternal proportions that can only be grasped by those who believe in Him. Therefore, let us open our Bibles and read the story within. Let us study its deep truths and boldly go where only God can take us. Ahead warp factor four into discovery of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Your Servant In Christ,