Present Tense

In their book Living God’s Love, Gary Holloway and Earl Lavender discuss the way we talk about our salvation in Christ. If someone asks me about my current state of matrimony, I’m likely to say “I am married.” Yet, when they ask about my salvation, I’m likely to say “Yes, I’ve been saved.” It’s true, I have had a wedding, and I have been baptized, but I am currently and continuously married, and while I may not recognize it, I am currently and continuously saved – I AM saved.

When you think about the beatitudes (Matthew 5), you probably think about all the things that are promised – the meek will inherit the earth, the mournful will be comforted, the merciful will receive mercy, and so forth. I find the most striking thing about these promises in verses 3 and 10.
3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
10 – Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Daniel 2:44 tells of a kingdom to be established to end all other kingdoms. Acts 2 tells us that kingdom has been established, and Matthew 5:3 & 10 tell us we are living in it NOW. It is not a promise to be waited for. It is a blessing to be enjoyed today. I am saved and I am living in The Kingdom.

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