This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?”
The salvation that the Gospels herald produces new life in us as we are born again; it fulfills the purpose of God by re-creating us into a new creation, and finally it puts us on the road of a new journey. We are on a journey to a new land. The writer of Hebrews captures the beauty of this when they tell us that “by faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. … For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” [Hebrews 11:8-10, ESV]. By faith, we believe and live and journey with God. We are not called to know the destination.
All that God gives to us is the assurance that on this journey we will walk with Him through the trials and triumphs that life will hurl our way. Even Peter spoke of the transient nature of the people of God in this world [1 Peter 2:11]. This world is not our home. The quicker we realize that our faith in Christ has altered our trajectory from eternal suffering to eternal joy the more we will prize and participate in the process of growing in our understanding that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” [Romans 8:28, ESV]. God is calling us to join Him. He still desires to walk with His people, if they would but come [Genesis 3:8].