Here And Now Christianity
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Everlasting Life is an incredible thing. But that phrase only speaks about the chronological length of that life. It also has immeasurably superior QUALITIES to it. Since I received Jesus Christ the life I live here and now is better in innumerable ways than the life I lived before. Most Christians I know will express that same truth in many ways. I have never met one who told me they wanted to go back to the old life.
John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The more abundantly here does not refer to wealth, property or prosperity. It refers to life itself. Since I received Jesus my life has been more joyful, more fulfilling, more challenging, more interesting, more peaceful, more enjoyable, more purposeful, more successful and better in every way. It is also more difficult. It is difficult beyond my ability to handle it. But God helps me survive difficulties that would crush me without His help. It is a life of dependence upon a God who is dependable beyond my understanding. Dependence upon God is absolutely the best way of life. It is a life through which God Himself accomplishes His will.
Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Full salvation is to realize that everything we see in Christ, our example, may be ours, not by imitation, but by reproduction.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Isaiah 3:10: Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him.
It is well with the righteous ALWAYS. If it had said, Say ye to the righteous, that it is well with him in his prosperity, we must have been thankful for so great a boon, for prosperity is an hour of peril, and it is a gift from heaven to be secured from its snares: or if it had been written, It is well with him when under persecution, we must have been thankful for so sustaining an assurance, for persecution is hard to bear; but when no time is mentioned, all time is included. God*s shalls must be understood always in their largest sense. From the beginning of the year to the end of the year, from the first gathering of evening shadows until the day-star shines, in all conditions and under all circumstances, it shall be well with the righteous. It is so well with him that we could not imagine it to be better, for he is well fed, he feeds upon the flesh and blood of Jesus; he is well clothed, he wears the imputed righteousness of Christ; he is well housed, he dwells in God; he is well married, his soul is knit in bonds of marriage union to Christ; he is well provided for, for the Lord is his Shepherd; he is well endowed, for heaven is his inheritance. It is well with the righteous-well upon divine authority; the mouth of God speaks the comforting assurance. O beloved, if God declares that all is well, ten thousand devils may declare it to be ill, but we laugh them all to scorn. Blessed be God for a faith which enables us to believe God when the creatures contradict Him. It is, says the Word, at all times well with thee, thou righteous one; then, beloved, if thou canst not see it, let God*s word stand thee in stead of sight; yea, believe it on divine authority more confidently than if thine eyes and thy feelings told it to thee. Whom God blesses is blest indeed, and what His lip declares is truth most sure and steadfast.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I am so glad it says the life which I now live and that it does not say the life which I will live! Are you enjoying being a Christian right now? If not, why not? If you have received Jesus you have life within you, both eternal and more abundant.
1 John 5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
2 Peter 3:18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
C. H. Spurgeon:
Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle*s words are To him be glory both NOW and forever.
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