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Psalm 46:4-7

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Psalm 46:4-7, ‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; He utters His voice, the earth melts. YHWH of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’

And that City is the Bride, the Church, the People of God from all times and places who are united to God by faith-union to the slain and risen Son. Her (our, Christian) future is secure because the risen Jesus Christ IS her future. The resurrection of the crucified Jesus was an actual, historic event within space-time…but, at the same time, it was—and is—the End, the Conclusion, the ‘Telos’ of all things. For the Church—who is the trans-temporal, trans-spatial Body of the one who was crucified and raised—this means that whenever she recalls the resurrection of her Lord, she is, as it were, remembering her own future…she is recalling by faith where she herself will one day certainly be.

In other words, as the ‘happy ending’ of Jesus’ story, the resurrection is the necessary ‘happy ending’ of the story of His Bride as well, who is inseparably united to Him by the Spirit such that HIS story is HER story and HIS end is HER end. Therefore, she need not fear when the nations rage and kingdoms totter, her lot is hidden in the risen Lord—YHWH incarnate, in whose death and resurrection the unchanging character of Her God is perfectly made known—and He will help her when morning dawns….Indeed, in Christ, the dawn has already come.