Hebrews 6:4-5 (...) For it is impossible for those who
were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift,
and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted
the good word of God and the powers of the age to come (...).
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews uses the expression
"tasting the future world" in reference to the experience
of the spiritual rebirth.
The present world in which we find ourselves is the second
one; the spiritual, however, was already always the first
or primary world. The things which we see, exist through the
influence of the primary world. They were created by God and,
just like the spiritual world, they are maintained by HTM.
There are now two worlds existing parallel to one another,
which are integrated together and, thereby, mutually influence
The gift of the Holy Spirit is from that other world. Everyone
who receives this gift experiences a part of the future world.
I'm glad that the Lord has made it possible that people living
in the present reality are able to have a taste of the future
- a world which will never pass away!
The more we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, the
more we desire to fall in line with the future world, while
we master our daily lives here. Jesus once said to the people
that HE comes from above and is not from this world. This
is the reason why we need to exactly watch out for what HE
says, for HE knows more about time, matter, the universe,
eternity, the devil, judgment, heaven and hell than anyone
It is not surprising that Jesus said that we must be bom again
(spiritually) and be full of the Holy Ghost. He knew that
we would need the power to live in this world, as well as
for finally entering into the other world.
May God help each one of us to be hungry and thirsty for the
things of the future world while we live on this earth. sw