Salvation: Past-Future-Present

At present, we are working with the light of truth presented by Dr. Francis Schaeffer from his book True Spirituality where we are discussing the basic considerations of the Christian life, or true Christianity.
Part 23

The Bible says that man fell at a specific point in history, and as man fell, both man and the world over which he had dominion became abnormal. It would seem, looking at subsequent history, that God’s creation of rational, moral creatures was a failure. 

But then Christ came, died, and rose—also in history—and the necessary victory was won.  When Christ returns, the evidence of his victory will be completely obvious.  Yet on the earth today there is neither universal peace for the individual nor for mankind.  Indeed, the twenty-first century world is not basically very different from the Assyrian, the Babylonian, or the Roman world…and in many ways…it is more severely corrupted and broken.   

Does that mean that between the victory on the cross and the present day, and to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, God did not intend that there should be any evidence of the reality of the victory of the cross? 

As we examine Scripture, we surely find that this is exactly what he did not mean.  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. I Peter 2:9-10 (ESV)

This passage says that in this present life, Christians are called for a purpose, called to show forth the praises of God.  In other words, God did not mean that there should be no evidence of the reality of the victory of the cross between Jesus’ ascension and his second coming.  God has always intended that Christians should be the evidence, the demonstration, of Christ’s victory on the cross.    

Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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