Monday, March 7, 2011

Christian Religion is a Religion of Great Hope!

Yesterday morning’s sermon was on Romans 8:24,25 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth why doeth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience hope for it.”
With only ¼ of the knowledge and understanding of verses 21-23,we should NEVER be cast down or discouraged… EVEN MORE SO because God added on 24 & 25! We have a promise that we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ! That is our hope! What more could we ask of think?
If the only hope we have is in/on this world, then our religion is vain, and our lives miserable. “ If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19 Take away the hope of our religion, and it is worthless. BUT, praise the Lord, this is NOT the case! We hope for a new body and a home in heaven…
We should never forget heaven! We as brothers and sisters should constantly remind each other of what is to come, so that we will be consoled in our light afflictions here on earth with that glorious hope, until the day of His appearing! It is called an eternal weight of glory! “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far mor exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things that are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17,18
If we forget the gospel, we will not be saved by the hope of it. Our life is in vain without it. (Read Ecclesiastes) “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;…And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:1,4
Our life is hid with Christ in God! What consolation! What comfort! When you are frustrated, remember that you are a part of a heavenly body. That you have a Wonderful Father, that you have a Glorious, longsuffering Brother, and that ALL will be perfect there in that glorious home! The glory that will be revealed there, FAR exceeds any suffering in this life. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
The Bible tells us that those who have their hope centered on this world, have their portion in this life. When they die, this hope vanishes. We (Christians) are the only ones with EVERLASTING hope! This hope saves us from delusion, frustration, and confusion! Thank you Lord!
“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reigns be consumed within me.” Job 19:25-27 Comfort yourselves with this hope!
Be rejoiced that you are only a stranger and a pilgrim here! If we trust and hope in the Lord, then even in this life, on this earth, we can bear fruit. “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD for he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the time of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reigns, and give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:5-7
Nothing is guaranteed in this life… Everything is guaranteed in the next, and from an Entity that can perform the promise!
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We haven’t seen heaven, but we have the evidence for it… God said it, and we believe it and have hope. Just as we didn’t see creation, but have the evidence for it… God said in the beginning He created everything, and we believe it!

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