Monday, 22 Nov 2021
Title: Between the ‘Already’ and ‘Not Yet’
By: Ong Hwee Soo
Matthew 4:17 & 25:31
Throughout the Gospels, in fact, the whole of New Testament, the kingdom of God is portrayed as already here and also as yet to come, as illustrated by the two verses:
Matt. 4:17 From that time, Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matt. 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.”
We all live between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet’. Already God, the Father, has set in motion His plan of redemption for mankind. Already Jesus, the Son, has come to bring us salvation, through His death and resurrection. Already, the Holy Spirit, has come to lead us into the truth.
We are right smack in the middle of an ongoing process of sanctification. None of us has graduated to full completion and perfection. The battles with temptation and sin rages on in our lives.
Generally, believers have a fundamental understanding of salvation past, namely, the grace of forgiveness that Jesus has brought to us through sacrificial death on the cross. Most believers do look forward with anticipation toward salvation future, that is, the grace of endless, perfect peace lived in the perpetual presence of a Triune God.
Unfortunately, many Christians have little understanding of salvation present, meaning, the benefit of the complete work of Christ in our lives right here, right now. Jesus didn’t sacrifice His life merely for our past and future. Jesus shed His blood so that we would have everything we need to live as He intended for us, between the ‘already’ of conversion and the ‘not yet’ of our future glorification. It is crucial for us to remember that we live in the ‘already’ of Christ’s complete forgiveness, accomplished through Jesus’ death on the cross. It is also vital to understand that we live in the ‘not yet’ of our final restoration into perfectly rebuilt, resurrected beings. We do not live in a demilitarized zone, but the spiritual war is fought in the battlefield of our hearts, for the control of our souls.
Apostle Paul confidently declares, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil.1:6). The work of God in us, for us and through us has yet to be completed. We need to know our place in the work of God.
With sin still inhabiting inside us, we are still torn between our love for our Lilliputian kingdom of self, and the gloriously grand purposes of the kingdom of God. We are still tempted to insist on our own way and write our own rules for our self-sovereign kingdom. We still tend to focus on the cares of this world, rather than live in the reality that we have become children of God and heirs of His kingdom. Nevertheless, the good news is that God empowers us by His Holy Spirit to do what He has purposed for us to do.
If you have not yet come to repentance for your past and present sins, let me encourage you to do so and experience Christ’s complete forgiveness, as well as look forward to spending eternity with our loving Heavenly Father. God by His grace and mercy does not merely forgive you. He meets you at your point of need, as well as provides everything you require, in the here and now. Come, surrender our life to Christ, today.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us Live the Life, of the here and now, fully surrendered to Your will and Your kingdom’s purposes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
标题： 在 “已经” 和 “尚未” 之间
【马太福音4:17 & 25:31 】
我们都生活在 “已经” 和 “尚未” 之间。天父上帝已经启动了祂对人类的救赎计划。耶稣，圣子，已经通过祂的死和复活给我们带来救恩。圣灵已经来带领我们进入真理。
不幸的是，许多基督徒对现在的救恩，即在此地此刻，基督在我们生命中的完整工作所带来的益处知之甚少。耶稣并不仅仅为了我们的过去和未来而牺牲祂的生命。耶稣流血，让我们可以在 “已经” 归信基督和 “尚未” 得荣耀之间，拥有按照祂的旨意生活所需的一切。我们必须牢记，我们生活在基督完全赦免的 “已经” 中，这是通过耶稣在十字架上的死而实现的。同样重要的是要了解我们生活在我们最终恢复到完美重建、复活生命的 “尚未” 中。我们并非生活在一个非军事区，为了控制我们灵魂的属灵战争是在我们内心的战场上进行的。
使徒保罗坚信地宣告： “我深信，那在你们心里动了善工的，到耶稣基督的日子，必成就这善工。” （腓立比书1章6节）。上帝在我们身上、为我们并藉我们所做的工作尚未完成。我们需要知道我们在上帝的工作中的位置。