The kingdom of heaven is at hand… the harvest is the end of the age. Matthew 4:17; 13:24, 39
Life in Christ is lived in a marvelously wonderful tension between points of balanced understanding. For example: We are saved (from sin’s penalty, death), and we are being saved (from the efforts of sin to rule our flesh) and we will be saved (from the presence of sin) at Jesus’ Coming. This progression is crucial to understanding life in Christ. Another essential balance point is seeing that God’s kingdom power is present now, and that yet it still will not be fully present until then—when Jesus comes.
Learning to live with both a holy boldness in faith and an appropriate humility in patience is a grace few seem to learn. In Matthew 13, the same One who said, “The power of God’s kingdom is right here, right now” (Matt. 4), gives a series of parables which show three things. First, there are immediate things that happen when God’s rule is welcomed and received now. Second, there are many things that faith sets in motion, but which take time to conclude. And third, there are some aspects of Christ’s ultimate kingdom dominion that will not be manifest until “the end of the age.” Let us pray today: “Lord, make me bold to expect what is for now and patient to wait for what is yet in the future.”