Posted by Gary on March 15, 2006
I know I promised something else but we were talking about this today and I thought it would be good to post it:
Jesus talked about 2 ages: this present evil age (Gal 1:4) which is the kingdom of satan and the age to come (Mt 12:32, Mk 10:30), Paul talked about “the powers of the age to come (Heb 6:5) which is the kingdom of God. Theologians call it the now and the not yet. The two ages are separated by “the day of the Lord” (Joel 2:1-2, Acts 2:20) when Jesus returns.
Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is here (Mt 3:2) talking about himself. Every time someone is healed or raised from the dead or any miracle it is a piece of eternity where there will be no sickness or tears. We are living in the now, Mt 3:2, and the not yet Mt 12:32).
All I was saying is if you think about it eternity is not that far away. It is one second from right now. So when we pray by faith we are bringing eternity into the now (Mt 6:10).
It is a matter of the prayer of faith. Faith sees, faith speaks, faith acts, faith stands, faith gives praise, and faith rests. We have to settle things in our hearts. We can’t be tossed by every wind and wave (James 1:6-7) we have to come boldly by faith to the thrown of grace (Heb 4:16). Having a picture of eternity and what it means to live in the now and the not yet helps faith to see; which is the beginning of the whole process.
I would love to hear your thoughts.