And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.(2 Kings 6:17)
We’ve looked at what it means for Jesus Christ to be our Advocate (High Priest), now we’re gonna look at what it means for us to be His advocates. This is gonna be a wild ride, so let’s dive into what it means to be a prophet!
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, it becomes abundantly clear that He was no ordinary Jewish teacher! He calls a taxi collector named Matthew to be one of His disciples, and spends time eating with sinners and other tax collectors. Later, some followers of John the Baptist ask Jesus why His disciples don’t fast regularly like they do, and He tells them that His presence marks a time of eating and joy, not fasting and sorrow! Right in the middle of these stories, Jesus explains that His teachings are like new wine or a new piece of fabric, not compatible with the old way of doing things. A woman with vaginal bleeding twelve years incurable is healed on the spot when she touches Jesus, and a little girl who recently died is brought back to life at His touch. Lastly, Jesus heals two blind men and casts a demon out of a mute man! When they see all of this, the people talk about how this kind of ministry is unprecedented in the history of Israel!
Prophets were often called “seers” in the Old Testament because of their unique ability to see what others could not; they were able to peek behind the curtain and see the spiritual reality of things (1 Chronicles 29:29). Being prophets in Christ means having our eyes opened by the Holy Spirit to see what others can’t! Time and time again in the New Testament, we’re told to “watch”, “be vigilant”, and “take heed.” The idea is that we not fall into spiritual sleep, unaware of the Heavenly things going on around us, but that we’re always watchful and alert, ready for whatever task the Lord has for us (2 Timothy 2:21)! It’s fascinating how, as Jesus was going around doing new and unexpected things, there were those who ridiculed Him and those who praised Him. It was only the eyes of faith that could see the new thing God was doing through Jesus, and the same is true today (Matthew 13:16)!
So, what do we do with our Spirit-opened eyes? We put ’em to good use! The apostle Peter tells us to be watchful of Satan’s schemes, resisting his lies by firmly rooting ourselves in the Truth (1 Peter 5:8-9). The apostle Paul tells us that, as children of the day, we should always be watchful, taking off our old sinful clothing and putting on Christ (Romans 13:11-12)! The Lord Jesus Himself tells us to be watchful of His unexpected return, keeping our lamps filled with oil, so-to-speak (Matthew 25). We’re called to be watchmen like the prophet Ezekiel, seers like the prophet Samuel, wisely using our spiritual vision in Christ!
- We are anointed with the same Holy Spirit that allowed the prophets of old to see the unseen! He reveals God’s Word to us, helps us to see the reality of the Son of God in our lives, and pulls back the spiritual veil that blinds us to the Truth. Only because of God’s tender mercy and grace can we see with the eyes of prophets, allowing us to resist the enemy, remain faithful to Jesus, and look forward to our hope of resurrection!
Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.(1 Thessalonians 5:6)