This is who we are

By Tyson Thorne

Nov 18, 2013

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“Good or bad, it’s not what you’ve done it’s what you’re going to do that matters.”

I don’t remember where I first heard those words – I think it was in a Batman movie – regardless, their point is to inspire us to move beyond our past and look toward a better future. They affirm us that our yesterdays do not determine our tomorrow. The truth of those words is, however, applicable for only a small percentage of the world’s population.

The Bible describes humanity as having been born with a nature that compels us to do evil. God himself states: “The heart of man is desperately wicked above all else” (Jeremiah 17.9). We are informed that the consequence of this is eternal separation from God in both this life and the next. There is nothing we can do to redeem ourselves. Live a good life or an evil life -- it doesn’t matter. Our fate is sealed.

This is who we were.

The Bible also explains that while we are separated from God it doesn’t have to be that way. For those who wish to draw near to God there exists a gate to a narrow path that leads to God and freedom from our desperate fate. While our actions cannot redeem us, once started on this path our actions no longer condemn us. The gateway from a destiny of eternal separation from God to being eternally connected to God is Jesus Christ.

By trusting in Jesus alone (this is important, we cannot trust in Jesus and our good works, or in Jesus and any other person or thing) we pass through the gate onto the path that leads to an eternal life with God. Thus we are connected to God for all time and are freed from our past.

This is who we are.

Through the eyes of the Bible’s authors we see the future in tantalizing glimpses. God provides us this not to frighten us, but to reassure us that there is a future. If we take anything away from Revelation or the prophets, it should be that God has not abandoned us, that there is a plan, and that it is His plan.

Those without Jesus may fear dark notions of the future like the Y2K scare in 1999 and Mayan myths regarding 2012, but those who think biblically about such things are assured of a different future. A future not of man’s making or one written in the stars but one of hope and grace. Of course the Bible shows us many hardships between now and then, but the final outcome is one we will live to see – and not just see but experience and live beyond. God’s people receive new bodies, a new nature, and a new beginning.

This is who we will be.

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