The Best; Here & To Come

We live in an age of paradox.  For God’s kingdom, that often occurs.

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Text for Today – Romans 8:29 – For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son . . .

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say, “The best is yet to come.”  However, we are facing a paradox about that statement.  You see, while it is true that the best is yet to come, it is also true that the best is already here.  Take a close look at our Text for Today.  Can there be any doubt at all that Jesus was the best, is the best, and will be the best?  Absolutely NONE!  He was the second Adam, and while the first Adam was good as a living soul, the second Adam is far better as a quickening spirit.  All through the Scriptures, the Lord has revealed Himself as One Who, when He brings forth something new, always improves on what went before.  For example, the wine Jesus produced from the water at the wedding feast of Cana was better than the first wine.  The second draught of fishes after the resurrection of Jesus was far better than the first draught early in His earthly ministry.  The latter rain of Pentecost and New Covenant is better than the early rain of the Old Testament.  Perhaps knowing that the Lord has promised the early and latter rains together is what prompts many to say, “The best is yet to come.”  And when we consider the fact that before Jesus comes for His church, the church will become the glorious church, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, we must still consider that where the church is concerned, “The best is yet to come.”

So, while “the best is yet to come,” the reality is that the best is already here.  As a believer, you have actually been made in His image twice.  Adam was made in His image in the garden.  To that end, you, too, were made in His image.  But now, you have been born again, and once again, you have been made in His image.  And having been made in His image a second time puts you in the class of being that has been predestined to be “conformed to the image of His Son.”  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Jesus has already “raised you up and made you sit together” with Him.  The five-fold ministry is in the earth until “we all” come to the image of Jesus.  Many today, and I am one, believe we are the generation that will see the coming of Jesus for the church; the glorious church.  That will be the best the church has ever been.  No previous generation has ever had such a potential as we to walk in the image of Jesus.  Believe that, and see yourself as the Lord sees you, for you will only rise to the potential you see in yourself.  God desires it for you, but you must believe it.  Quit looking outward toward the world for the best.  Go look in the mirror.  As with so many demonstrations of His power and plan in His Word, God saves the best until last.  Well, if, as we believe, we will be the church for whom Jesus comes, then the best is here, though it may not yet be manifest.

Manna for Today – Romans 8:29-31; Ephesians 2:4-7; John 2; Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23; Ephesians 4:12-14; James 1:22-25

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