Thursday in the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time

The Creed of Chalcedon

…and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation

The New Testament is constantly referring to the days in which we live as being “the latter [or last] days” (cf. Hebrews 1:2).  It does this because the Incarnation of the Son, his life, death, and resurrection are the fulfillment of all history—the very reason and purpose for the creation of the world.  His coming is called, “the fullness of time,” (Galatians 4:4) meaning the appointed time, the time God had chosen from the foundation of the world to send His Son for the redemption of the world.  The coming of the Son was what the world was waiting for whether it knew it or not (John 1:9-11; Romans 8:22).  Indeed, our Lord’s coming changed the calendar.  We cannot speak of the time before his coming and the time after his coming as one and the same.  They are not the same.  We live in that wonderful time known as anno domini—“in the year of the Lord”—or we might say, in the era of salvation.

It is truly hard to compare the times before and after the cross.  I would only recommend to you Herodotus’ History, ancient Greek historian, to see how corrupt and wicked the world was before our Lord’s coming and the subsequent birth of the Church on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).  I agree that there is plenty of sin and degradation in our own world—indeed, increasing as we speak—but there is still no comparison.  The preaching of the gospel and spread of the Church has brought compassion, humanity, and civilization to places where none existed.  Suffice it to say that these are the days when one might enter the Kingdom and live for the One for whom he or she was created and as such touch the world for good.

And why did he come?  For us and for our salvation.  This is what is stated clearly in the ancient Creeds: Apostles, Nicene, and Chalcedon.  We are the reason why the Father sent the Son, for God so loved the world (John 3:16).  And it is this message that has transformed the world, that shall one day deliver it from its bondage to decay.  One day, heaven and earth, the Church and the world, shall be united, for the world shall be the Church when our Lord returns, for all that shall be shall be the Church in that eternal Kingdom.  Then shall time pass away, and anno domini take on a whole new meaning.  This is what the Christian longs for.  The time, the latter days, in which we live is simply a foretaste of that Kingdom, that age to come, that glory divine, of which the Holy Spirit is our guarantee.  We’ve nothing left but to be witnesses for him in these closing days while we watch and wait, for our redemption draweth nigh.  Latter days, indeed.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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