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1. Intellectually: in the realm of knowledge NOW: God has revealed himself in creation, conscience and scripture. Romans 1:20... so that men are without.

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2 1. Intellectually: in the realm of knowledge NOW: God has revealed himself in creation, conscience and scripture. Romans 1:20... so that men are without excuse. See Psalm 19 NOT YET: 1 Corinthians 13:9 For now we know in part … 1 John 3:2 … what we will be has not yet been made known. THE ‘NOW’ AND THE ‘NOT YET’ OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE NOW: NOT YET:

3 2. Morally: in the realm of behaviour NOW: Romans 5:1... you have been justified … Romans 8:9... the Spirit of God lives in you. 1 Corinthians 6:11... you were sanctified… NOT YET: Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 1 John 3:2-3 But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. THE ‘NOW’ AND THE ‘NOT YET’ OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE NOW: NOT YET:

4 3. Socially : in the realm of society NOW : Matthew 5:16 You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world … NOT YET: Micah 4:3 They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Revelation 11:15 The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ. THE ‘NOW’ AND THE ‘NOT YET’ OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE NOW : NOT YET:

5 4. Physically : in the realm of physical well being NOW : Romans 8:23 … we groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Hebrews 2:14 … he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death. NOT YET: Revelation 21:4 There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain… 1 Corinthians 15:54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." THE ‘NOW’ AND THE ‘NOT YET’ OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE NOW : NOT YET:

6 5. Corporately: in the realm of the church NOW:1 Corinthians 12:13... we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body … 1 Timothy 3:15... the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. NOT YET : Revelation 19:7 For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 21:2 … prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. THE ‘NOW’ AND THE ‘NOT YET’ OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE NOW: NOT YET :

7 Three kinds of Christians: OPTIMIST who wants everything NOW PESSIMIST who expects only in the future and most of current expectation is Not Yet REALIST who is confident about the Now and patient about the Not Yet THE ‘NOW’ AND THE ‘NOT YET’ OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE

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