Words to Live By From Pastor Robert Kendall
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Longing for the Future
I didn’t get a chance on Sunday to do justice to the ultimate hope presented in Isaiah 2:1-5 of the glories of the future reign of Jesus Christ. Never forget that prophecy and the gospel generally has both a near and far fulfillment (remember the picture of the mountains?). Keeping both of these in mind gives us hope as we seek to glorify God day by day. As we saw in Isaiah 1, we all struggle with various sins, and often have hidden our eyes from these struggles through our various religious activities. However, looking into God’s Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to bring conviction will drive us to the cross, embracing the grace, mercy and forgiveness of Christ. Only then can we enjoy truly worshiping God in singing, prayer, generosity and the pursuit of justice and care for the poor. Only then can we live lives that truly please Jesus. Of course, because of our sin, our best efforts will fail, and will drive us back to the gospel again and again. However, Isaiah left us a greater hope than a constant return to the cross. In the future, we will be ultimately changed and glorified. We will finally be fully sanctified in the presence of God. We shall fully know the things we can only see dimly now. Yes, the gospel is amazing, and God has revealed wonderful things to us, but it only gets better. May we all long for the glories of the return of Jesus and the future joys of the new Jerusalem.
Waiting expectantly with you,
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