It’s easy to punt the promises of God to the future- to a time and space after we die. When do this, we turn the stories and the principles we see in Scripture into nothing more than allegories and tales about what COULD be rather than what SHOULD be in the moment. A lot of us live like this- effectively postponing the blessings of NOW, determining instead to hope for them after death.
In the Bible, though, people expected God’s blessings to come in the present- they anticipated that His promises were for NOW and not for later. The Children of Israel were delivered in their lifetime- not after they died. In the New Testament, even, Paul had to correct the Church at Corinth. They were so “this world” minded about the power and presence of God that they decided their future in Heaven wasn’t important (see 1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
We’ve swung the pendulum the other way. You see, both are important.
Yes, we get to go to Heaven when we die. At the same time, Jesus taught us to pray “Your kingdom COME.”
And, He said, “The kingdom is [here] among you."
If the New Covenant is, indeed, founded on better promises than the old (see Hebrews 8:1-6), and if they expected a “this world redemption,” then we should expect even MORE… and we should expect it IN THIS LIFE (as well as the life to come).
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