I had hoped that I would be announcing the birth of our second grandchild – but we (and especially Fiona) are still waiting. It is true that we are closer than we’ve ever been, but this may not be the greatest consolation!
Paul, however, does write in a similar vein to the Romans – “our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (13v11)! In view of this (obvious) fact he exhorts us “to wake up from …. slumber” (13v11) and to “put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light” (13v12).
A few chapters earlier in Romans Paul clearly links together Christian hope, waiting and patience. He writes in 8v25 “if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”. This hope is the “redemption of our bodies” (8v23), our glorification in the new heaven and new earth.
What will this redemption / glorification be like? We are given some clues in passages such as 1 Corinthians 15v35-49 and Revelation 21v3,4 – yet at the same time “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2v9). I once read that it will be a little like what lies ahead for our grandchild – bursting forth from a confined, dark, ‘one-dimensional’ existence into a new world of light, colour, beauty, wonder and multi-dimensions. Let us wait with patient hope for that coming day.
Peace and Grace