“Now & Then”

 1 Cor 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But nowfaith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

 

Psa. 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

Eccl 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart

 

TWO KINDS OF LIFE

1.TO BE LIVING “AN EXISTENCE” WHICH EVERY HUMAN EXPERIENCES…

 

  1. ETERNAL LIFE” WHICH BEGINS WHILE WE LIVE…

 

TO LIVE THIS NEW LIFE EFFECTIVELY REQUIRES FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE.

 

FAITH IS WHAT IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE LIFE THAT COMES FROM ABOVE… Romans 10:17

 

THE FAITH LIFE

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 

 

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

 

SALVATION IS NOT ONLY FOR “NOW” BUT IT POSITIONS US FOR ETERNITY CALLED “THEN”.

 

  1. HOPE”… AN EXPECTATION.  

 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 

1 Thess 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 

 

1 Cor 15:17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

 

Hebrews 6:18 So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever

 

Titus 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

 

Colossians 1:26 the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

HOPE IN THIS LIFE IS A PURIFIER

 

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 He that hath this hope purifies himself just as he is pure”

 

LOVE

 

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.

 

Galatians 5:22 LOVE IS THE FIRST FRUIT LISTED IN THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT.

 

LOVE IS OUR GREATEST WITNESS… IF WE LIMIT THAT, WE LIMIT OUR WITNESS.

 

1 Cor 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.

 

Colossians 3:14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

 

Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

 

1 Cor 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

 

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

 

NLT 1 John 4:17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

 

THE LOVE OF GOD IS THE ETERNAL STANDARD AND MEASURE FOR WALKING IN THE NOW.

 

LOVE IS TO BE SEEN IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY NOT TEMPORARY!

 

THE EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN IS ABOUT MAKING THEIR LIFE COUNT TODAY AND FOREVER.

 

Mess Titus 3:7 God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! 8 You can count on this. I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone.

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