God's Word many times calls upon believers to "behold". Behold means to needful it is today for us to behold, to look at, and meditate upon what the Holy Scriptures put before us.
BEHOLD THE LORD JESUS
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
This is where we begin with our beholding as Believers. We hear His voice in the Old Testament calling to all the ends of the earth, "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:21,22)
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The message of God to the dying Israelites was look upon the brazen serpent. Num 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
John 3:14,15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The Lamb of God finished the work upon the cross; where He bore our sins in His own body and as we behold Him, believe and trust, we become His and receive eternal life as a present possession, pass from death unto life.
BEHOLD THE FATHER'S LOVE
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1John 5:1a Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God... The New Birth brings us into the family of God, that wonderful, unfathomable relationship, which enables us to look up to the everlasting and Almighty God, look into His face and say, "Father"! He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and as we are Christ's, He is our God and our Father. Behold what manner of love! What love that He should reach down to us creatures of the dust-- His enemies by wicked works, in the vileness and corruption of sin, children of wrath, and in the unspeakable gift of His only Begotten, who He delivered up for us all, make us children, sons of Himself, and constitute us His heirs! In Jude 1:21 says "Keeping yourselves in the love of God." How needed today to say it over and over again, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God."
BEHOLD ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW
2Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The creature is gone and we are a new creation. He has taken us out and brought us in. We are no longer in the old Adam, but in the new Man. We are in Christ Jesus! There is no more condemnation, no more curse, no more unrest, no more darkness, no more death, no more judgment. In Christ, all things are become new. May we constantly behold this marvelous fact of the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, so that we also may walk in the new life, and manifest that all things are become new.
1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Christ is the Rock and Chief Corner stone "in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord." The building is the Church "which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all." Every one who has looked to Him-- the Lamb of God, and believing on Him is saved; who became thus a child of God by being born again, who is a new creation, is a living stone in this spiritual house, upon this Rock-foundation, which no storm, nor time or eternity can ever affect-- He that believeth on Him can never be confounded. The very gates of hell may rave against Him and His Church, but they can never, no never prevail! What a blessed truth to behold and to contemplate.
Matthew 12:18-19 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Our Lord Jesus walked upon earth in the beauty of perfect holiness. He was meek and lowly of heart. He was not demonstrative or ostentatious. His humility, His loving-kindness, His patience, His meekness, His untiring service, His self-sacrifice, all else in His moral character is altogether lovely. The Holy Spirit therefore says, "Behold My Servant!" He is your pattern. You are called to walk even as He walked, for you are not of the world even as He is not of the world. Reading the blessed Gospel records, tracing His steps down here is for the earnest child of God a most blessed occupation, and as we behold in this glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image from glory unto glory.
BEHOLD HIS WORDS
John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
This is His gracious call to service. How we should heed it in these days when it is true as never before, the TIME IS SHORT! In Revelation 3:8, The Lord Jesus says, "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." The open door is a promise to those who "keep" His Word and do not deny His name. The door of service is still open. How long it will be yet to the time when it will be true of the Scripture: "And the door was shut"-- we do not know. 2Corinthians 6:2 tells us that "behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
In Mark 13:23, the Lord Jesus said, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Our Lord is also Prophet and has revealed the future: All things which were to come to pass during this present age were foretold by Him. He announced beforehand the wars of nation against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; the famines; the earthquakes; the pestilences; the world-wide dispersion of the Jews and the destruction of their Temple (which occurred in around 70AD.) Our Lord Jesus foretold of the persecution and tribulation of His people; the coming increase of unrighteousness; the apostasy, the return of the Days of Noah and of Lot and He also foretold of the Great Tribulation at the end of the age. Our Lord tells us, "Behold, I have foretold you all things."
How well it is that in these days we "be mindful of the words which were spoken" by our Lord Jesus Christ-- instead of listening to the delusive, optimistic dreams of the evolutionized-Modernist.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Many times the Lord Jesus, while on earth, assured His disciples of His Second Coming-- that visible and glorious return to this earth. It is the blessed Hope of the Gospel-- the Hope of Righteousness. It can never fail. If it failed it would blot out the light of the Gospel forever and plunge all things into a hopeless night of despair. The LORD JESUS IS COMING! He is coming soon! The night is far spent, the day is at hand! We can lift up our eyes and rejoice for our redemption draweth nigh. "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye forth out to meet Him." (Matthew 25:6) This blessed Hope must be for the true Believer the daily object of anticipation. It makes the Lord Jesus Christ more real and more attractive to our hearts.
1Cor 15:51,52: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
What a mystery to behold! No true Believer looks for a place in a cemetery but expects in faith and hope to be among those "who remain and shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air." What a blessed moment that will be, when in the twinkling of an eye we shall leave earthly things behind, rushed on to meet our Lord!
BEHOLD THE THINGS AFTER THE RAPTURE
Behold, a door was opened in heaven: (Rev. 4:1)
Behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (Rev. 4:2)
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Rev. 5:5)
First, the opened door, then the vision of the throne and after that the vision of Himself. The beholding of the events revealed in the fourth and fifth chapters of Revelation stimulates to holier living, to greater devotion, to greater service. May the Holy Spirit make it real to all who read these lines, that these chapters reveal the arrival "at home" of God's redeemed.
Behold I and the children which God hath given me. (Hebrews 2:13) This will be His triumphant shout, when He brings many sons of glory, and when it will be found that not one of those is missing, which the Father gave to Him-- those who trusted on Him as their Savior. All the corruption in the world, the hatred of the world, the attractions of the world, nor the malice of satan, could rob the Lord Jesus Christ of a single one of His redeemed-- whom He purchased by His own blood. And we shall behold with Him. We shall see Him as He is. We shall be like Him. We shall behold all whom the Father hath given to Him. Then begins the never-ending and unmarred fellowship of the Saints of God.
BEHOLD THE FUTURE OF HIS GLORIOUS REIGN
Rev 21:3,4 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
This is the happy and glorious future the Spirit of God unfolds before our hearts to behold and to contemplate. What will it be when our eternal home, the New Jerusalem leaves its Heavenly place, to find eternal rest on the new earth, surrounded by a new Heaven!
Let us then BEHOLD these things! Let us hold them fast, for these very things God tells us to behold and to meditate upon, are the same things which the enemy attacks today. Our daily life will be enriched by "beholding" the most precious things, the most satisfying, the most uplifting things God has revealed in His infinite wisdom and kindness.
Taken from Our Hope Magazine, Copyright 1925. Modified for online reading and transcribed by Cobblestone Road Ministries.
CRM Additional Note:
** We will end this study with one more verse not included in the above bible study... Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.