Past, Present, & Future Hope

400000000000000104780_s4“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” -1 Pet. 1.3

If you have been born from above, there is a living hope that you’ve been brought into by the blood of Messiah Jesus. Death has literally lost its sting, and the power of sin has been cancelled. The resurrection life has been made intensely available to those who believe the Gospel and walk in the fear of Christ.

Are you overcome with discouragement? Anxiety? Moral compromise? The fear of man? The fear of circumstances? Dear saint, you were not redeemed to live under the weight of lies. There is resurrection hope and joy, and it is not far off. Resurrection hope rests on your soul. It’s only as we succumb to the lies of this dying age that we remove ourselves from the blissful anticipation of the new life to come, which we are also able to taste in the present. Are you tasting “the goodness of the word and the powers of the age to come?” (Heb. 6.5)

If you have been washed in the blood of the Messiah, and the Spirit has born witness with your spirit that you are a child of God, the gate to hope has been permanently crashed open on your behalf. Are you walking through it, or willingly dwelling in the wastelands of this world’s false ideologies?

We need a renewed vision of Christ’s resurrection, of the resurrection to come, and of the life and hope that is intensely available to us in the present.

Consider the words of one of the greatest evangelists in American history:

Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody, of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now, I shall have gone up higher, that is all; out of this old clay tenement, into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch; that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned unto His glorious body.

I was born of the flesh in 1837. I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.

Dear saints, let us abide in the living hope of the resurrection today, for He has opened Himself to the least of us; to all who would call upon His name.

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