For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Read the last line of the commentary below with great hope!
“The sufferings of the saints strike no deeper than the things of time, last no longer than the present time, are light afflictions, and but for a moment. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Indeed the whole creation seems to wait with earnest expectation for the period when the children of God shall be manifested in the glory prepared for them. There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon the creature by the fall of man. There is an enmity of one creature to another. And they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. God will deliver it from thus being held in bondage to man’s depravity. The miseries of the human race, through their own and each other’s wickedness, declare that the world is not always to continue as it is. Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. This is not all; sin is to be looked at as it affects the glory of God. Of this how fearfully regardless are the bulk of mankind! Believers have been brought into a state of safety; but their comfort consists rather in hope than in enjoyment. From this hope they cannot be turned by the vain expectation of finding satisfaction in the things of time and sense. We need patience, our way is rough and long; but He that shall come, will come, though he seems to tarry.” -MH
So magically last night I got my old iMac working (we are talking like voodoo level stuff here) and started to transfer most of my old music library onto my laptop since the ole iMac is clearly in its death throes. Happened across a song I really like but had not listened to in years, its called Last Notes by Shaun Groves. Lyrics are below:
There is a part of me
That’s only visiting
Torn from eternity
A stranger here
The awkward mingling of
The loveless and beloved
So far from things above
While I am here
So when the last notes of my soul’s summer symphony
Go stealing through this old world’s cold garden gates
I will hold no fear as You close my book of hours
And the hands of heaven carry me
Carry me home to stay
O Death where is your sting
Your tears and your tremblings
His peace is lingering
O Grave the battle’s fought
Your vict’ry has been lost
To Christ who gave it all
To take me now
It’s a great song because the first part highlights the tension believers have between living in a fallen world and “setting our minds on things above.” But I really love the last part, its an excellent reminder that while we live in a crazy, wacky, fallen word, Christ’s death has released us from the fear of our own. Delivering us to a life of service and love, giving us a longing during the “awkward mingling” we live on this earth that this place might be redeemed. Looking more like the place we as Christians long for!
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next… It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither
(p. 134).” Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Song link is below, sorry could not find a good YouTube link. But let’s just be real, you should have spotify by this point anyways. Also if you have not read Mere Christianity, I would suggest doing so post-haste.
As someone who really wants to get married this lecture is an encouragement and simultaneously a reality check. The tendency to idealize marriage and my future spouse is very strong, I find this lecture is extremely helpful in breathing some Gospel into that idea.
While kind of lengthy I really encourage you to listen to the whole thing, its especially on point for us guys.
(As a small disclaimer I am not fully inline with all the theology espoused in this lecture, but find the benefits far outweigh any of my objections)
So this past semester on Sunday nights I have been assisting the Jr High worship team from my church with AV stuff. With this responsibility came a unique privilege which involved me getting to listen to the music that kids these days enjoy cranking up in their cars, headphones, etc. This did bring something to my attention, I feel like “love songs” produced by the modern pop artist should be renamed to better reflect their content and/or message. I put fourth “Unstable Transient Obsession song” is a more robust and accurate name rather than “love song.” I mean it’s way more accurate and I think it better describes what the artist feels for that other person.
So this blog post is over, it may be crazy, but that’s what I think, so comment maybe?