When our Lord Jesus Christ shall come and “bring to light things hidden in darkness and make plain the secrets of the heart, so that everyone may receive his commendation from God”, then lamps will no longer be needed.[When we] behold the true and dear light without such aids, what shall we see? With what shall our minds be nourished? What will give joy to our gaze? Where will that gladness come from “which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, which has not even been conceived by the heart of man?” What shall we see?
I implore you to live with me and, by believing, to run with me; let us long for our heavenly country, let us sigh for our heavenly home, let us truly feel that here we are strangers. What shall we then see?
Let the gospel tell us: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
You will come to the fountain, with whose dew you have already been sprinkled. Instead of the ray of light which was sent through slanting and winding ways into the heart of your darkness, you will see the light itself in all its purity and brightness. It is to see and experience this light that you are now being cleansed.
“Dearly beloved”, John himself says, “we are the sons of God, and it has not yet been disclosed what we shall be; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
Augustine of Hippo