Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Between Two Worlds

John Stott:

This is our Christian dilemma:

Caught in the tension between what God has inaugurated (by giving us his Spirit) and what he will consummate (in our final adoption and redemption), we groan with discomfort and longing.

The indwelling Spirit gives us joy, the coming glory gives us hope, but the interim suspense gives us pain.  

(paragraphing and emphasis mine)

The Apostle Paul:

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,* including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope* for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.) 
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers* in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together* for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn* among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 
(Romans 8:18-30, New Living Translation)

Again, from Stott:

This whole section is a notable example of what it means to be living "in between the times," between present difficulty and future destiny, between the already and the not yet, between sufferings and glory.
"We were saved in hope" brings them together. And in this tension the correct Christian posture is that of waiting, waiting "eagerly" (8:23, cf. 19) with keen expectation, and waiting "patiently" (8:25), steadfast in the endurance of our trials.  
(paragraphing and emphasis mine)

Standing Together (part two)

Trusting God's Love For Me

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