The Truth Christians Too Often Forget

Posted on October 1, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Fleshly Concerns
As we race toward the end of this era of human history and the return of Christ, shocking events are occurring the likes of which we could never have imagined just a few years ago. And they are happening at dizzying speeds.

COVID-19 has changed the world in staggering ways, and what we see happening now is just the beginning! We are quickly heading toward a cashless society, a global-pass society (where various mandates will be required in order to function “normally”), and, ultimately, a one-world government.

On top of this, there are the everyday personal challenges, troubles, and heartaches we endure. For me, it is the heartbreak of unsaved loved ones and the physical ailments which come with age. You have your own set of afflictions.

Held captive in the flesh as we are, it is difficult to avoid being consumed by the things of the flesh. And when things go wrong in the flesh – be that our own flesh or the flesh of the world – it’s easy to succumb to any number of emotions, including fear, sorrow, anger, sadness, and hopelessness.

Bible-reading Christians know God doesn’t want us embracing these feelings, but we either can’t help it, or more likely won’t help it. We get to one of these emotional hot spots and insist on staying there. We’ve all been there.

The Spiritual Solution
There is, however, a spiritual solution to this common problem, and it comes in the form of a biblical truth – a truth commonly known, but too easily forgotten.

This God-breathed truth was penned by the apostle Paul in what many consider his masterpiece, the Book of Romans. We read it in chapter 8, verse 18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

What this means is that following this life, Christians who enter eternity will be in the presence of the Lord – a place Jesus refers to as “Paradise” (Luke 23:43). To be in Paradise is to “be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

And though there are several descriptions of Paradise in the Bible, trying to comprehend it is almost impossible. In fact, Paul tells us, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV).

Paul’s point – or more accurately, God’s point – is that our future glory is so great that the sufferings we now experience pale by comparison.

The Problem
So, ideally, focusing on the glory awaiting us should equip us to better cope with the current reality. However, there is a problem, which Paul states in verse 24: “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?”

This verse speaks of the resurrection of believers as the previous verse (23) ends with the words “waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our body.” This is a reference, as well, to 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 when we will receive our new bodies – when “this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality” (v. 54).

This is all wonderful truth indeed, but as Romans 8:24 indicates, it’s something we can neither see nor – as 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us – imagine. Our current dying flesh cannot comprehend the new bodies we will be inheriting – bodies free of pain and death. And our rotting mortality cannot imagine the immortality which will one day be ours.

Yet, though we can neither comprehend nor imagine it, God asks us to believe it. And in believing it, we will come to realize that our current sufferings are only temporary, thereby making them easier to endure.

Therefore in the toughest and most downcast of times – both in the world and in our own lives – let us remember and take heart in Romans 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

May this glorious truth carry you through the coming dark and challenging days!