Devotions From the Heart
The beauty of Christmas is Christ and this advent season as I thought about Christ, our hope for life and death, I reflected on Scriptures of this theme and was reminded of the blessedness that we have in Christ who is our only hope for today and tomorrow and forever. Christ is eternal life, Christ is our life, Christ is our hope. Thanks be to God for His gift!
“Christians look toward with hope to the joy of being with Christ in glory forever. Faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for” (Heb 11:1) because the invisible things hoped for in the future are grasped through faith. Hope is certain; it is “an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Heb. 6:18, 19). According to the Bible, Christ is “our hope” (1 Tim. 1:1), and our God is called “the God of hope” (Rom. 15:13).
An ethic of hope pervades the New Testament. It is an ethic of pilgrimage for strangers on their way home (Heb. 11:13, 1 Pet. 2:11). It is an ethic of purity, as the one who hopes to be like Jesus when He appears “purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). It is an ethic of preparedness, since we should be ready to leave this world at any time (2 Cor. 5:6-8), Phil 1:21-24; cf. Luke 12:15-21). Hope calls us to be patient (Rom 8:25); cf 5:1-5). Hope gives strength and confidence for running the race, fighting the good fight, and enduring the tribulations that continue in this life (John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Rom 8:18; 2 Tim. 4:7, 8).
Though the Christian life is marked more by suffering than triumph (Acts 14:22; 1 Cor. 4:8-13; 2 Cor. 4:7-18), our hope is sure and our mood should be free from despair (1 John 4:18).”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3,4
Quote taken from Reformation Study Bible Note, p. 1943.
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