… if the Messiah is in you
Then, on the one hand
The body is dead because of sin
But, on the other hand
The Spirit is giving life
Because God considers you righteous.
And if the Spirit of the One
Who raised Yeshua from the dead
Is living in you
Then the One who raised
Messiah Yeshua from the dead
Will also give life to your mortal bodies
Through his Spirit living in you. . . .
… but we ourselves
Who have the first-fruits of the Spirit
Groan inwardly as we continue
Waiting eagerly to be made sons –
That is, to have our whole bodies
Redeemed and set free.
It was in this hope that we were saved.
-Romans 8:10-11; 23-24a (Jewish New Testament)
If I told you that I was going to give you 50 million dollars, why would you believe me? The only way for sure to know if I was going to do what I had said I would do is if I actually did what I said I would do. But until I actually give you the 50 million dollars you only have my word to go on that I will give it to you; and my word is only as good as you trust it to be.
God said He would send His Anointed One – the Messiah – to rescue/redeem us from sin’s clutches. He gave us His word, and then He kept it by sending Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The proof God provided that sin is ‘done and dusted’ was the resurrection of Yeshua. And just to make sure that that we understood the completeness of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, God promised – “… the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to deliver those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28, JNT).
Having already believed God, having received the Holy Spirit, having the promise of the Messiah’s return, turn and walk in the Way God has called you to walk. What are you waiting for? You have received your personal invitation and have been given far more than 50 million dollars. In whatever you do – love!
The Lord is coming!