The “now” thing

Re:Verse reading–Mark 8:27-38 (day one)

“He began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected. . .and be killed, and after three days rise again.”–v 31.

It was a turning point.

Some talk of “progressive revelation”.  Things true and obvious to New Testament believers were not clear to the Old Testament saints.

In many ways, God follows the same pattern with the development of each individual believer.  Once Peter confesses Christ (see v 29), Jesus begins to tell them of the coming cross and resurrection.  Previously only hinted at, the cross now becomes the subject of intense and plain instruction.  They were ready.

“Whoever has, more shall be given” says Jesus in Matthew 13:12.  One of the prerequisites of learning more about God is to pay careful and faithful attention to what He is presently saying.  To be ready for the “next thing”, I have to pay attention to the “now thing”.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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