One Day Always Is (“Now/Not Yet”)

 

God is eternal: He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change. He described this Nature to Moses as, “I Am”. Eternity has no beginning or end – there is no “will be”, only infinite “is”.

Time however, is a finite, created entity. Time has a beginning and an end, boundaries established by the Word of God. Within the flow of days, there is a “not yet” to the “now” of eternity. There are eternal realities which quite simply “are” in the same sense that God can say, “I Am”, but yet are an eventuality in history - we’re experiencing a “becoming” within time which is “being” in eternity.

God’s design is to initiate events in the course of time which bring history into conformity with eternity. The Bible tells us the Lord is the God who “calls things that are not as though they were”. (Romans 4:17) At the creation, there was no physical light, only darkness. God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Even though God is omnipresent, about whom John wrote, “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all”, (1John1:5) all was darkness until God spoke light into the dark and brought temporal experience into conformity with eternal reality. Likewise, John describes the darkness in which mankind dwells, and points to Christ, saying “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (John 1:9)

Revelation 13:8 speaks of “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” Before God ever formed Adam and Eve, before sin ever entered the world, there existed eternally a Savior, the sacrificial Lamb of God! Colossians 2:15 says, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public display of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Before the serpent ever entered the Garden of Eden to bring death, he was already defeated! And yet by God’s sovereign design and purpose, the eternally slain Lamb had to enter into the course of time to endure the cross, to accomplish the blood sacrifice demanded by God as an historical event.

All the things we await and hope for in the Spirit are eternally accomplished, but the Lord is bringing all things into conformity with that fact: “…the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For ‘he has put everything under his feet.’” (1 Corinthians 15:24-27) 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ…”  Our victory is eternally accomplished! At this moment, we are being led in triumph – it has ever, eternally been a fact that “it is finished”!

Understanding this eternal truth can inform our temporal experience as we walk by faith, not by sight. For, “…by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.” (Galatians 5:5) “Our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 3:20) “Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

 

It’s something to think about…

Rodger