The Truth Series: How Do I Genuinely Know I Believe the Truth? (Part 20)

by | Mar 9, 2024 | Mission | 0 comments

We can know that we truly believe when we start longing for Jesus’ return and for him to make all things right and new. Jesus spoke succinctly of a new world to come, a new creation, where absolutely everything will be as it was originally meant to be and so much more than any one could hope or imagine (Matthew 19:27-30). Jesus will be Lord of every heart, God will be all in all, and his blessing will fully rest on all things without end (1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Philippians 2:9-11, 2 Peter 3:8-13). This is the tremendous, out of this world, promise, hope, joy, and longing we gain in Jesus.

Furthermore, we begin to live the life of the future in the here and now. That is, the restoring and redeeming life of Christ that is implanted in us is further expressed through us as a foretaste of the everlasting renewal to come when Jesus’ returns in all his glory and the fullness of his kingdom (Matthew 25:34-40, Luke 10:25-37, Colossians 3:1 to 4:2). Our lives become a small but clear witness to that which is to come—like a small flame that is easily seen in a broad dark space (Matthew 5:13-16, Philippians 2:5-18).

Consequently, we soon begin to realize that this present world is no longer our home, for Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:33-38). In this world, as Jesus taught, we are hated and persecuted, and we have become aliens and sojourners who no longer fit (Matthew 10:5-33, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12, Hebrews 11:32-38, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 2:11-12, 4:3-5, 1 John 3:1-3). This is also why we increasingly look, long, and wait for our true home, the heavenly country and city that God is preparing for us in Christ by his Holy Spirit (Philippians 3:20-21, Hebrews 11:13-16, 2 Peter 3:13).

When we return to worshipping the Father, through his Son Jesus in the power of his Holy Spirit, we will begin to deeply yearn for Jesus’ return, to be with him forever, and for his everlasting renewal of the world and universe (John 14:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 21:1 to 22:5).

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