Heart and Light
Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
2 Cor 3:16 But whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
These passages all speak of the heart and light. Let us consider the relationship between the heart and light.
Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Seeing is related to light. If you can see, there must be light. Without light, it is impossible to see.
This verse also says, “They shall see God.” God is light. Therefore, to see God is to see light. The condition for seeing light is having a pure heart; those who are pure in heart can see light. Matthew 6:21-23 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” This verse again mentions the relationship between the heart and light. Whenever your heart follows earthly treasure, your eye cannot be single; you are in darkness and cannot see light.
Second Corinthians 3:16 says, “But whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” What is a veil? A veil blocks a person from seeing. Any time your heart turns to the Lord and is proper, the veil in you will be removed and there will be light. Psalm 73:1 declares, “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” This is the subject. Then the psalmist said that for a time his eyes were on the prosperity and success of the wicked, and he almost slipped. Yet he did not fall because his heart was still somewhat pure. He did not understand until he entered into the sanctuary of God. He said that before he saw the light he was like a beast, irrational and ignorant. But when he entered into the sanctuary of God, he saw; then he said, “Whom do I have in heaven but You? And besides You there is nothing I desire on earth” (v. 25). This is the experience of one who sees light after being in extreme darkness. He had not fallen into total darkness because his heart was still somewhat pure. Hence, there was still an opportunity for him to receive God’s grace and to receive light.