Does God prepare us to see him? Thomas Aquinas believed this. He was a 13th century monk given his life over to preaching which formed into a teaching style. As we grow closer to God, he transforms us into his likeness.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
The Apostle Paul didn’t travel the known world to teach and preach Christ without knowing that he was becoming more Christ like in his journey. Paul was running the race which in the end cost his life knowing that he would be with Jesus. Paul was in prison when he wrote Phillipians 1.
Phillipians 1: 15-23
“Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”
Was he becoming more like Christ? Yes. Through trials and tribulations he became more like his savior and he did it joyfully!
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
God knows what he is doing to prepare us to see him. The more we obey God, the more we become like him and make right choices when the need arises. Phillipians 1:6 is a comforting scripture since it says that we are in God’s hands. He is working a process/plan out that will take us to see him and he will complete it! We don’t have to worry that God won’t carry us to the end.
Isaiah 46:4 (KJV)
“And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs (gray hair) will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”