Already at the cross
and in the grave, we have shared in the death and resurrection of Christ. Already
the old person of sin is dead, and the new person of righteousness is alive
if we are Christians. If anyone is already in Christ, he or she is a new
creation and the old has passed away.
let’s be humble because the old person has not yet fully gone. The new person
has not yet fully taken over. The fact is, we still sin. We already
have new life, but it is not yet fully displayed.
of a couple expecting a child. They are in the "already but not
yet." In one way they already have a child, and, in another
way, they do not yet have a child. They can hardly wait for the child to
become a full reality in their life. In the same way, we as believers
experience the already but not yet of our new life in Christ, but
we must wait patiently before it becomes a complete reality on the Day of the
love the words of Col2: 3 & 4: "your life is now hidden with Christ
in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with
him in glory." The life guaranteed by God, the Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit as ours at our baptism, is not fully ours yet; it is still hidden in Christ
but will be fully revealed at his second coming.
can draw great comfort and strength from this when we become discouraged by our
when accusing fingers get pointed at us. When this happens, we can console
ourselves that there will come a time when our new lives in Christ will be
fully and completely revealed for all to see because of the cross and the grave
we died and have already risen with Christ.
we humbly acknowledge the “not yet” of our existence, we are motivated
to "put to death" what already died on the cross: "sexual
immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry"
(Col 3:5). We must rid ourselves of "anger, rage, malice, slander, and
filthy language" (Col 3:8). We must not lie to each other (Col 3:9).
we must clothe ourselves with what we own, but has not yet been fully
disclosed: "compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and
patience" (Col 3:12).
must bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we may have against
one another. And, above all we must have love (Col 3:13,14).
is how the death of Christ – and his resurrection – becomes more and more
unveiled in the church of Christ, – until on the Day of the Lord, when it will
be fully revealed, and we will share in the glory of the Lord.
embrace this truth, personally promised to each of us at our baptism, by taking
off the filthy rags of the old life and put on the clothes of Christ’s
resurrection - compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, purity,
live fully what we already are, in anticipation of what we in faith
know we are not yet, but certainly will be!