The World to Come

Hey Y’all,
 

Hebrews 6:4-5 teaches us that those who have been “made partakers of the Holy Ghost” and who have “tasted the good word of God,” (that “good word” being a reference to the good news of Jesus Christ) have also “tasted…the powers of the world to come.” The verb “tasted” conveys the idea “to experience personally” You can’t taste anything without also at the same time experiencing that taste personally. What is being communicated is that for those that respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit they have also personally experienced the “powers of the world to come.”

The word “world” here is better rendered “age” which is referring to a period of time or an era of history ruled by particular systems and powers. You see the Bible speaks of there being two very different worlds or ages. The first age is the “present evil age” dominated by the brokenness of sin and ruled by Satan (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Eph 2:2). Paul refers to that “evil age” in Galatians 1:4 when he explains that Jesus “gave himself, that he might deliver us from this present evil world” or “age” (See also Rom 2:12; 2 Cor 4:4; Gal 1:4; 1 Tim 6:17; 2 Tim 4:10; Titus 2:12; Heb 9:26). Paul also explains in Ephesians 1:21 that Jesus has ruling authority not only in this present “world” or “age” but also in that “world” or “age” “which is to come.” This “age to come” is reference to the eternal age dominated entirely by the just eternal rule of King Jesus.
 

The writer of Hebrews in the passage above is ultimately encouraging believers by reminding us that we who live in the present evil age of the brokenness of sin are also able to personally experience the powers of the age to come. You see for believers we live in the overlap of these two distinct ages. Though we operate in a fallen sinful world that is broken, we who have tasted the good gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ also experience the very powers of the eternal age to come reaching back into our lives so that by the Holy Spirit we live more in the age to come by submitting to King Jesus rather than in the present evil age where we wrestle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Which “world” or “age” are you living more in today? The present evil age, or the age to come ruled by King Jesus?

 

As we communicated in our previous issue, this issue will be our last newsletter attached to the Western Recorder, our Baptist state paper. After this issue, the church will no longer be providing the subscription to the Western Recorder as a service to our members.  The church will, however, be providing a new monthly newsletter (The Ralph AveNews) beginning in April to all those on our current mailing list.

 
If you choose, you will have the option of subscribing to the Western Recorder individually. It has come to our attention that if we have at least five people who would want to continue their subscription to the Western Recorder through the church, the annual subscription price would be cheaper through the church at $11 annually. That amount is a significant savings from the individual annual subscription price. If you would like to be one of those who would like to subscribe to the Western Recorder through the church for $11 annually, would you call and let us know and make provision to pay the subscription price?  You can call the office at 502-447-2061 or my cell at 502-909-2622. You can also let Kyle or myself know in person or mail your subscription request along with the subscription price of $11 to RABC 2900 Ralph Ave., Louisville, KY 40216. Please write in the memo line of the check: “Western Recorder”. We need to have your subscription requests in by the end of the month of March. Thank you!
 
Let me be clear, beginning in April, everyone on the current mailing list will be receiving our new monthly newsletter provided by the church at no cost whether they subscribe to the Western Recorder or not. The monetary amount above is for subscriptions to the Western Recorder.
 
Remember, that you do have the option of requesting that you simply pick up the newsletter onsite when you gather for worship with us. This option will help save the postal cost, however, until you make that request known to us we will continue to mail a monthly newsletter to your current mailing address. We will be mailing April’s issue out the last week of March. If you desire to contribute to the cost of the new monthly newsletter, simply designate an amount of your choosing to “monthly newsletter.” A suggested amount would be $5 annually, however, there is no obligation. The monthly newsletter is a service of the RABC to her members, guests, and neighbors.
 

In Christ,

Bro. Samuel
 
 

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