Key verse 19-20
As I was sitting here reading my textbook, a thought came to my mind. I was thinking about the eternity to come and the vastness of time before the foundations of the world were laid. In between infinity, there is...now. There is time. There is an instant moment, like the flint spark of a flame that flickers and licks at the wind. And I am here, reading a textbook in a quiet apartment, breathing and living in this moment - in the time between eternities.
I am not sure if this is my own idea, or something bigger, but it was striking as I sat against my foot pillow.
I do know this: that life was not created to be impermanent. Death and decay were not in the plan. Romans 8:21 - "the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." All things will be made new - and this time, for good.
The world and the souls of men are groaning in this world of sorrow, of vanity, of ephemerality. Yet we are not without a savior. The one who created the world has also come to redeem it. And he has done it. It is done. It is now up to us to decide what to make of it all. On the one hand are the familiarities and discouragements of life. On the other, a challenge, a call, a promise.
Now, this passage is new to me and I am not sure what to say, since I will have to meditate on it a lot before feeling confident enough to speak for it. Let me make some comments, though.
Verse 17- "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
I understand that he is before all, before creation, as he caused things to be. Could the second part refer to a maintenance of creation? I will have to look into this.
Verse 22- "But now he has reconciled you...if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel."
This is the challenge. Though the war is won, we must fight to win the peace. It is not easy to remain, but it is pointless to give up the victory and return to bondage! To continue in faith requires perseverance and heart. To stay established requires rememberance and determination. And to hold to hope means we must focus our sights.
It's a daily walk. (And it can be tons of fun!)
One Word: Our Creator and Lamb