By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on February 9th, 2020 at 10:32 pm
Our Christian Hope
Our belief of a deathless life in heaven is the most remarkable Christian expectation and confidence in this life. Why, because “it has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” Our Christian hope of immortality and a blissful life in heaven—in a new, incorruptible body (1 Cor. 15:51-54)—is not mere utopian or quixotic dream. It is a living hope that will always survive with the Holy Spirit watering such seed of anticipation of the forgiven soul. The apostle Peter called this Christian hopefulness as the living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. —Apostle Peter. (1 Pet. 1:3)
How unfortunate that some so-called preachers of God’s word are unsure they are God’s children who have the assured Christian hope of immortality in the next life! They said that over 95% of those who claim they are Christians are unsure of their eternal life. But the term used in the Holy Bible is that we are “children of God” in Christ, which indicates an intimate relationship with the Father-Creator. The Bible does not use the word “hired-dishwashers” or “gardeners” or “janitors” in God’s palace, but “children,” “heirs,” “sons of God.” Certainly, our Christian hope of eternal life in Christ does not disappoint us in this life; neither does it in the hereafter. For the love of God, which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, confirms our assurance as saved and forgiven children of God.
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Rom. 5:5)
The Christian Hope Does Not Disappoint Us
The verse from Romans 5:5 states that “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (KJV) The love of God is “shed abroad” or “poured out within our hearts.”
But why did God do it, even employing the aid of the Holy Spirit, to make His love active and flooding in the inside of us? The answer is that as we warmly experience the love of God in our inner being, our Christian hope of immortality would grow, radiate and heighten by such love. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.” (Heb. 6:19)
This hope does not disappoint us as it is nourished by God’s love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. “Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely. You would lie down and none would disturb you.” (Job 11:18-19) Without our God-given Christian hope of immortality, we could not have experienced a hope that works as an “anchor of the soul” — that makes you “look around and rest securely.”
While the extreme Islamists are forcing people to embrace their version of hope, the God of the Holy Bible, the God of Abraham and Moses, who is the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Tit. 2:13; Heb. 1:8), has a contrary stand. For He is sending His Spirit to wash our hearts with the Christian hope of immortality via the sweetness of the divine love. We don’t need to convert the people to the side of our living God by gunpoint but by a touch of God’s pure love.
For He is sending His Spirit to wash our hearts with the Christian hope of immortality via the sweetness of the divine love. We don’t need to convert the people to the side of our living God by gunpoint but by a touch of God’s pure love.
Wrote the apostle John: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13) Our Christian hope of eternal life is alive in our hearts. God’s grace allows part of eternal life to be known or experienced by us in this life. “For we know in part,” wrote Paul. We know our immortality in part. “My home is in Heaven,” said Billy Graham, “I’m just traveling through this world.”
Our Christian hope of eternal life is alive in our hearts. God’s grace allows part of eternal life to be known or experienced by us in this life. “For we know in part,” wrote Paul. We know our immortality in part.”
Henry Drummond (1851-1897), an evangelist, once said that, “It ought to be placed in the forefront of all Christian teaching that Christ’s mission on earth was to give men Life. I am come, He said, that ye might have Life, and that ye might have it more abundantly. And that He meant literal Life, literal spiritual and Eternal Life, is clear from the whole course of His teaching and acting.”
From the lips of Christ, we find the Christian hope of immortality clearly taught. Observe the following Scriptures:
The Misunderstood Christian Hope of Immortality
Billy Graham once said that when the gospel of endless life through Christ reaches the heart, the universal tendency is unbelief and rejection. It is because the love of God is not yet poured into the heart of the natural man by the Holy Spirit. “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2:14a)
“Blessed be the God,” wrote Peter, “and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Pet. 1:3)
Outside of Bible revelation exists all forms of fanaticism and hopelessness. This world’s prevailing culture of moral deviation, lustfulness and sheer wickedness of heart, proves unsaved man’s worst case. Soon he’ll leave earth to meet Christ on the Throne—unprepared!
The Bible teaches that hopelessness is tantamount to Christlessness:
“. . .remember that you were at that time separate from Christ . . . having no hope and without God in the world.” (Eph. 2:12)
Hope, wrote someone, is “the expectation of future good.” Scripturally, it produces purity in life: “Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him (Jesus Christ) purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
Watch One Unbeliever’s Conversion Story
Without hope of immortality in Islam, she got converted to the Christian faith. The following YouTube clip is one illustration of a religious person who was confused and didn’t have the hope of eternal life in her heart until she was converted to real Christianity. One question she raised that I couldn’t forget was the Islam’s requirement to face Mecca during prayer when God is supposed to be omnipresent—everywhere—present in every direction, East, West, South, North! Her second question was why pray in Arabic when God understands every dialect and language?
Credits: strongtower27. Arab Sunni Muslim became Christian…Beautiful Testimony 9 of 9. YouTube.Com
Trust in Christ as Your only Lord and Savior
Trust in Christ as your only Lord and Savior to experience the Christian hope of immortality. Have you noticed that women—in the guise of women’s liberation—have become more sexually deviated than most men? A survey in the U.S. reveals that more wives commit adultery than husbands. What about those people who are wearing junk jewelry or other sissified styles? All these end-time signs are best attributed to the impurity and Christlessness of floods of people who don’t expect any future good at all — who have experienced utter hopelessness—strangers of the Christian hope of immortality!
Only Jesus Christ has the concrete answer to the cruel hopelessness of all humanity. Said Oswald Sanders that although Jesus wrote no single book in His earthly life, innumerable volumes of printed materials have been ascribed to His blessed name. Jesus gave hope to Mary Magdalene, to the crucified thief, to Lazarus, to Nicodemus.
If you don’t have the Christian hope of immortality and a blissful life in heaven yet, then better start believing. Believe in the God of the apostle Paul, Jesus Christ (cf. Tit. 2:13), or you won’t have any second chance at all to U-turn from your blind and hell-bound journey today to the place called heaven or the City of God.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
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