THE POWERS OF THE AGE TO COME

Heb. 6:5 who tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age,

This passage has intrigued me for several years. The Message Bible brings out an interesting flavor in this verse, “once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us—”. I love that, the powers of the world to come breaking in on us. Ever since I began to experience the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit moving in and on my life I began to catch glimpses of what Paul was getting at in this passage. The Holy Spirit is the kingdom of heaven, every touch of God is a small taste of the very atmosphere of heaven. This touch is saturated with God’s love, peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable, and a perseverance that endures and conquers all things. Think about it, heaven itself, the kingdom of God, is breaking into our world every time we step into that realm of the Spirit. Here are some thoughts from Watchman Nee on this passage.

“The kingdom of God is at once present and to come (Matt. 6:10; 12:28). As to time, it lies ahead of us; as to experience, it is ours today. God intends us to enjoy foretastes here and now of the powers of the future age. All that will be true then universally should be the church’s experience in some real measure now, for all is hers. What is the use of merely knowing all about conditions in the kingdom: the rest, the life eternal, the everlasting covenant, the overthrow of Satan, the authority of God and of His Christ? These are not future prospects alone but powers to be tasted here and now. To taste means to eat a little. It is the preliminary to a feast. We cannot yet feast on all the good things of the kingdom, but we should be savoring them. Where spiritual resources are in demand, let us not live by the present alone. The powers of the age to come are ours.”
If what we are tasting now is this good I can’t imagine how wonderful heaven will be. That’s what Peter meant when he quoted David, “taste and see that the Lord is good”. Tasting this goodness that is breaking into our world today delivers us from the attraction to the world and sets our hearts clearly on His coming kingdom. Come quickly Lord Jesus!!!!

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