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.

PRAYER:

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.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期一,2021年11月22日
标题: 在 “已经” 和 “尚未” 之间
讲员:翁辉赐弟兄
翻译:陈劲年姐妹

【马太福音4:17 & 25:31 】

在所有福音书中,事实上,在整个新约中,上帝的国度被描绘为已经在这里和尚未到来,如以下两节经文所示:

马太福音4:17 从那时候,耶稣就传起道来,说:天国近了,你们应当悔改!

马太福音25:31 “当人子在他荣耀里,同着众天使降临的时候,要坐在他荣耀的宝座上。

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。

我们正处于持续的成圣过程中。我们中没有一人是完美无缺的;与诱惑和罪的争战不断在我们的生活中肆虐。

一般来说,信徒对过去的救恩有一个基本的了解,即耶稣通过在十字架上的牺牲带给我们宽恕的恩典。大多数信徒都期待着未来的救恩,也就是说,在三位一体的上帝永恒临在中,有无尽、完美和平的恩典。

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。

因着罪仍然存在我们里面,我们仍然在对自己小人国的爱和上帝国度的荣耀伟大目标之间左右为难。我们仍然试图坚持自己的方式,为我们的自治王国制定自己的规则。我们仍然倾向于关注这个世界的忧虑,而不是生活在我们已经成为上帝的孩子和祂国度的继承人的现实中。然而,好消息是上帝通过祂的圣灵赐给我们能力去做祂要我们做的事。

如果您还没有为您过去和现在的罪悔改,让我鼓励您这样做,体验基督的完全宽恕,并期待与我们慈爱的天父共度永恒。上帝不仅凭着祂的恩典和怜悯饶恕了您,祂会在您需要的时候满足您,并在此时此地提供您需要的一切。来吧,今天就将我们的生命交托给基督。

祷告:

亲爱的天父,请帮助我们活出当下的生命,完全降服于祢的旨意和祢国度的目标。奉耶稣的名,阿们。