‘This communion will be perfect and complete when we enter into the full enjoyment of Christ’s glories. Then we shall totally give ourselves up to him, resting in him as the fulfillment of all our desires…. This communion is now only partial because we presently only enjoy the first fruits of that future perfection.’
Partial enjoyment now, but partially enjoying God is better than fully enjoying anything else. I think that’s true. And yet we insistently long to enjoy something fully today. That’s the appeal of sin. It’s the appeal of control. That’s why the Old Way has had such a stranglehold on us. What we fully give ourselves to, we want to fully enjoy. But Christianity calls for full surrender and promises only partial enjoyment until later (Crabb, p145-146).
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?”
Galatians 3:1-5 NIV
God is the means of blessing, the modern Judaizers say. Implied, but never stated, is that God Himself is not the blessing we seek. It’s therefore right, and actually His plan, that we use Him to get a better life. But “using God” sounds harsh, manipulative, so modern Judaizers speak of trusting God for good things, of claiming His promises, of meeting His terms to win the blessings we want.
-Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2002), 57.