Friday, December 4, 2009

We Are Not in Heaven Yet

I love this quotation by Calvin:
The believer must not expect Heaven on earth or hope to reap the fruit of victory or to live in rest. Here he lives in need, imperfection and trouble, and there is externally no difference between believers and heathen. Yet the life which is promised is real and no shadow. It is in the Christian like the life of trees in winter, hidden, but waiting to show itself in the fulfillment of time. Our life is elsewhere; it is now hidden, but it will be revealed to us at the coming of the Redeemer.
This is so much more refreshing than the tripe often taught in today's popular Prosperity Message. We were never told to expect to live problem free in this lifetime, nor promised the blessings of Heaven in the here and now. For me this is exactly why I find this quote refreshing: it contains solid truth on which can can feed our hungry souls.

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