Saturday, January 6, 2007

We're Being Delievered from Adam (Romans № 23 Part 2)

"And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." (Rom 8.23-25 ESV)

In my last post entry I examined the subject of the physical universe, experiencing the aftereffects of Adam's sin, yearning for the new heavens and the new earth, the restoration of creation to what it was meant to be. Today we look at it from the perspective of Christians.

In our Christian lives we daily feel the tension between Already vs. Not Yet.

Already...

1. We already have been saved from our sins.
2. We already have become partakers of the divine nature.
3. We already are on the way to heaven.

Not Yet...

1. We are not yet delivered from the temptation to sin.
2. We are not yet delivered from people still fallen in Adam.
3. We are not yet living with our resurrection bodies.

Until the Day of Resurrection and Judgment we still have problems. We are waiting for better days ahead. As John Wesley wrote in his Explanatory Notes for vs. 23:

"And even we, who have the first - fruits of the Spirit - That is, the Spirit, who is the first - fruits of our inheritance. The adoption - Persons who had been privately adopted among the Romans were often brought forth into the forum, and there publicly owned as their sons by those who adopted them. So at the general resurrection, when the body itself is redeemed from death, the sons of God shall be publicly owned by him in the great assembly of men and angels. The redemption of our body - From corruption to glory and immortality."

Sailing isn't Smooth--Yet. But one day, faith will become sight.