Here and Now: Apostolic Enactment

Jesus created a ripple effect for here-and-now living that continues to the end of the New Testament.  Today I offer only a scratch-the-surface illustration through a few mountain-peak passages where living in the now is emphasized…

Paul: “And now faith, hope, and love abide…” (1Corinthians 13:13).

Hebrews: “Jesus Christ is’the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

James: “The Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 4:16).

Peter: “Now you are God’s people…Now you have received mercy” (1 Petr 2:10).

John: “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are” (1John 3:2).

Jude: “to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and , authority, before all time and now and forever” (v 25)

Revelation: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah” (Revelation 12:10).

These few passages will ignite your discovery of
 numerous other ones that bring everything included in the Gospel to bear in the present moment.  

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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