About a week ago, my wife made a confession. It resounded with the birth pangs of an expectant soul.
“I’m just tired of sinning,” was her confession.
At the time of her confession, we were conversing about all the evils in the world–thinking out loud about the return of Christ–to put an end to it all.
But I was reminded of that tension between the ages–what biblical scholars and theologians call the already/not yet: with the first coming of Christ, the eschatological kingdom has already invaded the NOW. Yes, with his death and glorious resurrection and the gifting of the Holy Spirit, whom the Apostle Paul refers to, time and time again, as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14)–the new creation is already here!
So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! (2 Cor. 5:17 CEB)
How then shall we live? 1. We wait (Gal. 5:5). 2. We put to death the misdeeds of the body. 3. We lead holy and godly lives (2 Pet. 1:11-12). 4. We live as the temples of the Spirit that we are, leading lives of purity (1 Cor. 6:18-20). 5. And as pilgrims on the way, we engaged in Christian worship and service.
Ultimate, we live as those who have hope (1 Thess. 4:13), having been sealed with the Holy Spirit and tasted of that heavenly gift.