Our lives are defined by the experience of invisible, limited, spiritual Truth. Our experience of the Truth is incomplete in terms of what impact is made on our natural mind, namely our temporal, physical limitations for how to know God. Our experience of the Truth is incomplete in terms of what impact is made on our natural heart, namely our ability to give and receive Love.
Our problem is not how to know God but that we do know God yet we are subject to limitations in this life.
The Faith Crisis
Faith, Truth, and hope there is the faith crisis of not knowing God defined in the need for redemption or salvation. But there is also the faith crisis of knowing God defined in the need for progressive sanctification. Or simply put, the believer needs to grow up spiritually in Christ.
This leads to confusion, insecurity, and a lack of confidence in the believer who remains spiritually immature. Through Redemption we are already raised from the dead, spiritually speaking.
On the other hand, we must wait for the completion of our resurrection, the exchanging of our mortal bodies for glorified bodies. For the believer, this tension is central to the faith struggle.
We live by what God has accomplished for us yet can only see it by faith.
Wait in Hope
We hope with anticipation for the completion that has been promised to come. With God’s help, we will find the invisible spiritual life more visible and the incomplete state of our resurrection more livable, while we wait for the short season that we remain here on earth.
And while we wait we receive and give the Love of God that has been poured into us. If not perfectly, we do so truly.
By Paul W. Abernathy, CMECP®