God

The Line

In their best-selling paperback The Rest of the Gospel Dan Stone and Greg Smith portray Christians existing in two different realms at the same time– the temporal realm here on earth, the realm of performance, and the realm of our eternal residence with God.

The authors illustrate these two realms with a diagram called The Line. Christians live and function in both realms simultaneously while non-Christians are limited to living below the line in the temporal realm only.

The authors illustrate these two realms with a diagram called The Line. Christians live and function in both realms simultaneously while non-Christians are limited to living below the line in the temporal realm only.

When God looks down at us he sees us only as we appear in the  Eternal Realm above-the-line. He doesn’t see our shortcomings because we have none from his point of view. He doesn’t see  our sin because we have none.  He sees us as sanctified ( not being sanctified). We are changeless, whole, justified, and here’s the showstopper–are you ready for this–He sees us as perfect in His eternal realm– the finished product.We will still go through trials, experience loss, feel pain, wade through waves of emotions, have unmet needs, make changes, relate to others, sin,

We  live out our daily lives in the flesh below the line in the realm of the flesh.  That’s the realm  where we  make life’s  everyday choices and decisions, express emotions, build relationships, work, endure trials make money, think, reason, play and more.

The glorious differencebetween the two realms is that everything below the line, all we do, all we accomplish, our performanceeverything we hold dear, is temporary, it won’t last, it will vanish. Everything below the line falls victim to the second law of thermodynamics–as soon as it’s created it begins to erode and decompose.

Everything above the line will never change and is eternal. It will last forever.

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