Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls
(I Peter 1:8 - 9).
This verse, like hundreds of others that we have studied, tells us that we receive the salvation of our souls, meaning eternal life with God in heaven, as a result of “faith.” The first part of these verses is referring to Jesus, making plain that our “faith” is to be in Jesus, even though we do not see Him. Some might ask how they can trust in someone or something they cannot see. We can't see electricity, yet we trust it to accomplish its function. We cannot see air and the wind speed that lifts the airplane off the ground, yet we trust it to accomplish its purpose. We have that trust because we have seen the results.
With Jesus, we cannot see Him now, but we see the results everywhere. We can see the results in the nations where Jesus is or has been honored, glorified, and worshiped, and we can see the results in nations where He is not. We can see the results in our nation when Jesus is honored, glorified, and worshiped, and we can see the results when He is not. We can see the results in lives where Jesus reigns as Savior, and we can see the results in lives where He is not. We can look around us and see a world of plants, trees, animals, and people that God has created, or we can choose to believe that it all created itself. We can read the Bible and the hundreds of prophecies that have already been fulfilled to the letter, which would be impossible if there were no God. We can see that today the entire world has its focus upon Israel—a little nation with a relative handful of people—just as the Bible foretold two thousand years ago. No, we can't visibly see Jesus yet. But ignoring Him would be like ignoring the love that we cannot visibly see from a parent, spouse, or family; it would be very self-destructive.
You might say, “Couldn't Jesus make it easier for us by just simply physically appearing?” I doubt it. The last time Jesus physically appeared on this earth, He was crucified. Jesus is real and I think that deep down most of us know this. The problem is not in the head or the seeing; the problem is in the heart. The real question is whether we'll trust our own man-made devices for eternal life in heaven or trust in Jesus. As we near the end of this search in the Bible, what is your decision?