Eschatologically, we are suspended between what was, what is and what is to come.
Inherent in this suspension is tension.What is the nature of this tension?What are its effects on the believer?
This eschatological tension provides a compelling metaphor for the everyday suspense of our journey with Christ.As we walk with Christ we are keenly aware of the constant tug of what we used to be, what we are now, and what we are becoming (our anticipated future). One way of examining and learning from the stories of the Bible is to observe how people lived while suspended between realities; ethically, morally, physically, politically, economically, etc.
How did the person/people of God handle this tension?
How did their choices provide a clearer foreshadowing of the future reality?
How did they connect/draw upon their past realities?
How did their perception of past and future realities alter their present decisions/attitudes?