The Past: Jesus has redeemed (which means “bought back”) the past. The Present: Jesus has set you free (True freedom! Not slavery to self, but free to love and share…) in the present. The Forever: This is what Jesus is now building. The Forever will be better than what the past ought to have been. The Forever will be what we long for in the present. The Forever will never end.
Dig Deeper: Psalm 23, 136, Isaiah 65, Daniel 7:26-27, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:24-29, John 6:51, Romans 8:38-39, Galatians 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Hebrews 10:10-25, Revelation 22
The Past Redeemed
John 8:7-11 || Revelation 20:15 || Jesus was the only one who had the right to stone the adulteress. But He gave His life for her! He has washed us clean! He has written our names in the Book of Life! **For those who think they can rely on their own righteousness: see Revelation 20:13.
Dig Deeper: Psalm 103:12, Romans 3:23-26, Revelation 7:9-17
Set Free in the Present
Romans 8:1-2 || When you are in Christ Jesus, the NOW = no condemnation. NOW = set free. LIVE in the NOW!
Dig Deeper: Galatians 5
He Is Building the Forever
John 14:3 -- His promise! || Matthew 24:14 -- Why the delay? LOVE. The Gospel (GOOD NEWS) will go out to all peoples and THEN the end will come.
Revelation 21:1, 3, 4 || His ultimate goal: to live with us!
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Peter 3:10-16