Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Age to Come has broken into the Present Age and we now live in their overlap. The New Testament refers to this period of overlap in a variety of ways, sometimes by specific expressions, sometimes clearly portrayed but left for us to name. For example, the New Testament directly refers to this overlap as “the last days” (Heb. 1:1-2) and as “the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1-2). But those who wrote the New Testament make very plain that this period of overlap is also appropriately called “the gospel age” (Matt. 28:18-20), the interim of Jesus’ visible absence (John 14:28; 16:16), the time of the Spirit (John 14:16-18), and the era of grace-gifts (John 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:7-9)."Hold lightly" is an interesting response to what Milt rightly titles the "already, not yet." Whenever I think of our circumstances, the word "hold" comes to mind, but far more in the sense of the title of this piece, as in "hold on, it will improve."
Because of the nature of the times in which we live, we learn to hold lightly to things that are passing away (1 Cor. 7:29-31). This does not mean that we live inauthentic lives, merely going through the motions. It does mean that every earthly circumstance, relationship and event is transitory and that it derives its value from its relationship with what is permanent. Nothing now is ultimate (Heb. 12:26-29). Yet, for God’s sake, every occasion is significant and every person is important.
I don't want to hold lightly to what is here, I want it to be perfected, sanctified, and glorified. I want God's work finished so that I quit making so darn many mistakes with people and they likewise. God has given us a vision for what can be, but He has yet to give us the power to make it be, but I am impatient. I want it, I hunger for it.
But I have to hold on.