We see through a glass darkly.

The Christians of the first century wanted to know about Jesus’s return. Paul tried to explain the best he could what will happen. People then thought that Jesus would return shortly. So much so that they stopped working and sat on their roofs to watch for His return. Paul had preached the immanent return of Jesus. And His return is immanent. Time to God is relative to His word. To Him, a 1000 years is as a day. Today, we are looking for that same return 2000 years later. Paul exhorted those Christians to occupy, to be about the work of God, until Jesus returns. It is the same for us. We live our lives as if it were our last day on earth. Jesus’s return isn’t our business. God alone knows when it is. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

Crain Blanchard.



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