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“Jesus is Lord of who I am and guides me how to live courageously like he did.”

Column 4 shows how humanity is transformed by Christ.

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We know enough to follow God now.

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Creation is still in rebellion.

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Humanity can receive Christ’s redemption and be changed.

We know enough to follow God now.
Jesus shows us meaning and hope in life. He gives us a new identity and new patterns to follow. We trust him, even though we don’t know everything we wish we knew.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33 ESV
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.1 Corinthians 13:12

The world is not yet restored. It is still broken and dangerous.
Jesus dealt with the problem of suffering in a variety of ways, including making it clear that some suffering is just being part of a world that is in rebellion to God. This is important for dealing with struggles in life after having a relationship with God who is all-­powerful. Why do we still suffer? Why doesn’t he heal when I ask?

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”Luke 13:1­5
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.Romans 8:18­-25

Humanity can receive Christ’s redemption and be changed.
By trusting in who Jesus is, and what he did, we become the children of God and share his identity. He reorients our hearts, and then leads us to grow up in his ways.

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.1 John 3:2
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:14-­17

Life is still hard, but we know enough to live well.
By looking back to how God has redeemed us in Christ, our faith in God’s goodness grows.
By looking forward to God’s promised renewal of all things, our hope grows.
By looking up at a broken world, our love for Jesus and his ways of reconciliation moves us to serve.