This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
Your Future Is Fixed
Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:49
Theology—the study of God—isn’t just for theologians. Rather, it’s meant to meet our deepest need—God. It’s not meant for the academia, but for everyday life with all its challenges. Unless God is all-sufficient, no matter what our circumstances, He’s not worthy to be called God.
Our daily struggles and afflictions aren’t only outward—our circumstances—but also inward—our sinful nature. Paul wrote that we “groan inwardly” (Rom. 8:23), awaiting the redemption of our fallen nature, either when we die or when Jesus returns.
In this passage, Paul referred to Adam as “the first man” and Jesus as “the second man.” He wrote: “The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven” (1 Cor. 15:47-48).
There are ultimately two men—Adam and Jesus. Theologians refer to them as federal heads. By physical birth we belong to Adam and all the implications of his fall into sin. Through spiritual birth we belong to Jesus with all the blessings, promises, and favor that He obtained on our behalf.
When we belong to Him, “we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” In all our struggles with sin and inward corruption, that’s the hope of the gospel. Whenever we feel that we’re not making much or any progress in holiness, we can hold on to this future reality.
At wits’ end, we have to hold on to the gospel. Sometimes that’s embodied in just one verse. At times, God would quicken a verse to my mind and I would be able to live on that verse for days, drawing comfort and strength from it. Only God can do so, as we’ll see in the next devotional.
Our future is fixed, no matter what we’re going through right now. Nothing and no one can change that. That’s why Paul wrote: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:37-38). Isn’t that amazing? Even at wits’ end, we’re “more than conquerors through him who loved us.” His victory is our victory.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I share in Your Son’s victory over sin and death.
The Devotional Writer
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