Wake up this morning and know without a shadow of doubt that today is not the same as yesterday.
His face is nearer than ever before.
“For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”
This is a word of hope to those of us who groan under the incompleteness of our salvation.
Of course, our sins are already forgiven, our guilt is already removed, we are already justified (Romans 5:1), our condemnation is gone—“there is therefore NOW not condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
But oh, salvation is so much more than this.
It is being done with sin.
It is being done with disease.
It is being done with discouragement and depression.
It is being done with sinning.
And most of all it is being done with seeing Christ only in a mirror dimly.
Salvation is finally and fully to see him face to face. And Paul says, every day of your groaning life you are getting closer and closer to the greatest thing of all—Christ. Our final salvation is Christ.
And he is nearer every day.
You are closer today to a world without sin, a world without disease, a world without discouragement than you have ever been.
And that is because you are closer to a world where you will stand face to face with our sweet Savior.