Our final salvation lies in the eschatological future when our own death will be put behind us. this does not mean that there is no salvation in the present, no realized aspect of salvation. It means that the salvation we enjoy now is like borrowing from the future, living now as though our future could already be practiced in the present, because of our union with the risen Christ through faith and hope.
-Mission of God, p. 441
I read this today and it reminded me of “Sunday people living in a world of Fridays,” the truth that gave me fresh perspective a month ago. This life can’t be the end-all, be-all; Paul emphatically denied that claim. However, we are called to live in the present with the salvation that will be completed in its most final sense in the future. For now, the question practically becomes, “What does it look like to live as a Sunday person- a very-human child of the Most High living in a broken world?”
Titus 2:13 is the basis of a song called, “Blessed Hope*” from the cd Glory Revealed. The paragraph containing this verse says:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
So what does it look like for me? Recognize afresh the grace of God unto salvation, deny the junk and lies around me, and live in my time, my culture- sensibly, righteously, and godly. And I can’t just live trying to do those things without future hope when I have a blessed, soul-sustaining hope that my Redeemer will appear. After all, He’s been redeeming those from every language, tribe, and tongue from lawless deeds and purifying us, making us His own, and instilling zeal for good deeds.
What a great God and Savior!
(*To listen, click here and choose “Blessed Hope.”)