October 24

Jeremiah 31:31-34

“No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” vs. 34

In the midst of calamity Jeremiah produced a vision that has captivated the hearts of all believers, and is especially suited for people living in these troubling times. One day he tells us, there will be no more teaching about God–there’ll be no need for creeds and doctrines, for we will all know the Lord. Just think of what that means! In scripture to know someone was to enter into an intimate union with them–it’s the word used for sexual intimacy! Jeremiah was looking toward the day when we will be one with God, that moment that Paul calls being in Christ, what some have called the omega point of history. Of course, as long as we are alive, we can only imagine what that will be like–there really are no words available to describe that great unity, only that we will be completely free and forgiven, and we’ll be able to lay our burdens down. This is the great hope for humanity, especially during these days that some call “the eve of destruction.” Naturally we’re enjoying life on this planet and will be working for peace and security–we want a good life for our children and grandchildren. But this isn’t all there is–the best life (unity with God) is yet to come.

Thought for the Day: What is the best word to describe unity with God?

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