Already But Not Yet

Today's Bible reading: 1 Thess. 5:1-11

“Already but not yet” is a phrase that summarizes our Christian situation … our Christian existence. “Already but not yet” is a paradoxical phrase that captures a theme running throughout the New Testament.  Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom had already come with His preaching and miracles … yet He also taught His disciples to pray: “Thy Kingdom come.”  “Already but not yet.”  He spoke of Himself as the humble Son of Man present among men … yet also pointed to the hour of His future coming in glory.  “Already but not yet.”  He taught that those who believe in Him have already passed from death to life … yet also spoke of the hour when the dead would be raised from their graves.  “Already but not yet.”

St. Paul never tired of preaching the perfect gift of justification by grace through faith in Christ Jesus – which is ours now … but in the same breath point forward to that final moment of salvation at Christ’s return.  “Already but not yet.”

Prayer: Loving and Almighty Father, we thank You that You are in control and that we are included in Your Master Plan.  As we await Your final consummation we pray together with all Your people: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! This is most certainly true!”; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.