Today’s Message – 4th of February 2018
Good morning and welcome to church; it’s great to see you. May you know God’s love and presence today.
The world’s definition of hope is simply wishful thinking, “I really hope something will happen…or otherwise I’ll be dead!” There is no guarantee that what you’re hoping for will come to pass. It’s only a wish. On the other hand, Christian faith is the certainty founded in the finished work of Jesus through His death and resurrection. His divine salvation. (Gal. 5:5)
Hope of Christians is both futuristic and right now. One day there will be the resurrection of the dead. (Acts 23:6). Resurrection means coming back to life and never die again. In that resurrection our bodies and creation will be redeemed or made new (Romans 8:23-25). We will experience everlasting glory (Colossians 1:27),
everlasting life along with our inheritance as saints (Titus 3:5-7). One day Christ will return to this planet (Titus 2:11-14), and we will be transformed into His likeness (1 John 3:2-3). The bible is certain that all these will come to pass. Consequently, Christians live in daily expectation of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
The certainty of this blessed future is guaranteed right now through the indwelling of the Spirit (Romans 8:23-25) who reminds us that Christ lives within us. He is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). The Holy Spirit reminds us about the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:26). The Holy Spirit helps us in times of suffering (Romans 5:2-5) and is the inspiration behind endurance (1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:11). Those who hope in Christ will see Christ exalted in life and in death (Philippians 1:20). Trustworthy promises from God give us hope (Hebrews 6:18-19), and we may boast in this hope (Hebrews 3:6) and exhibit great boldness in our faith (2 Corinthians 3:12). By contrast, those who do not place their trust in God are said to be without hope (Ephesians 2:12, 1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Along with faith and love, hope is an enduring virtue of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 13:13), and love springs from hope (Colossians 1:4-5). Hope produces joy and peace in believers through the power of the Spirit (Romans 12:12; 15:13).
Talk with Holy Spirit today. Share your heart with Him. Then trust Him. Expect His deliverance, provision, protection, love, and every blessing He’ll pour out for you. For God is love. He loves you abundantly.