Under Gods Command

2nd Timothy 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dear Son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord

When we are united with Christ life takes on both immediate and eternal dimensions.  Paul’s use of the phrase, “the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, “can apply to the life that Jesus gives immediately to those who trust him, as well as to the life fully realized in eternity.  On one hand, Paul said, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  So new life begins at conversion. 

Yet on the other hand we “wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23).  The present experience we enjoy provides a foretasted of our completed redemption as Christ’s return.

Lets Bring it Home:  When we struggle with difficulties in this life, remember that the best is yet to come.

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