Within the Hope

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Daily Reformation, Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

From the Reformer

…those whom God now exercises under the cross, according to his purpose, are at the same time called and justified, in the hope of salvation; even while they are humiliated, they suffer no loss of glory. Even though their present miseries disfigure their glory in the sight of the world, yet before God and the angels it shines without diminution.

—John Calvin, Commentaries, “Election”

Pulling It Together

You are being brought to glory even though you are already there. God sees you as you are within his plan. Presently, nevertheless, it is your duty-bound honor to live up to that calling. William Temple said, “If we are traveling heavenward, we are already in heaven.” That journey may be difficult and even humiliating or painful. Yet for the Elect of God, the journey is glorious because it rightly orients the one who has strayed, sheds light on eyes that have never seen the light, and fixes the broken life. In this present affliction (2 Cor 4:17), we already live within the hope of heaven.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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