Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Elected, But Not Yet Inaugurated

Please forgive me for using a political term, but it really is a good example of our status as Christians. Just as a president who has been voted in has not yet assumed office, we the elect of God are not yet in our final blessed state.

Christianity sure involves a lot of waiting, does it not? In fact, it is the hallmark of our faith, the ability to wait. If you have ever been in a church that teaches that the millennium has arrived, you will be surrounded by people who feel that our present situations are a result of God's reward.

Got lots of money? That means you have pleased God and have been given your reward. It's rough being poor in such a church. But these people are ignorant of the Bible. According to them, Jesus was out of the favor of God because he was not rich. Certainly, Peter and Paul were in the same category. Silver and gold, they had none.

But Jesus plainly taught that our reward is future, not in the present. So, we were elected by God before the world was made (Ephesians 1:4). Our "offices", our rule, will take place on God's inauguration day.

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