Now, But Not Yet

Wednesday, Mar. 30                                                 

“It’s now.  But not yet.”  I’m justified—but not yet.  I’m righteous—but not yet.  I’m free—but not yet.  I’m united with Christ—but not yet.  An example of this is Heb. 8:13.  “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete, and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.”  The Greek word for “obsolete” is  “utterly abolished, every whit.”  So the old covenant, the Law, is both abolished and also aging and will disappear.  “It’s now.  But not yet.” Although   Heb. 8:13 seems ambivalent, it does make good sense.  Jesus’ vicarious death and resurrection is what redeems us.  The Law is just a picture of the reality that is embodied in the work of redemption.  It is abrogated, useless, and non-effective.  The Law was not to fix the sin problem; it was to reveal it.  Heb. 8:13 illustrates how God views time.  Redemption is considered done, even though it is still to be completed.  The future is just as much “done” as the present.  Past, present, and future are more isolated periods of time for us than they are for God.  And that explains the Biblical definition  of “hope.”  Biblical hope is not what might happen, what we would like to happen, nor is it uncertain. It is a certainty that just hasn’t taken place yet.

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