'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
5/18/2019 0 Comments
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Now, if you could not answer the previous question, 'Is Charles Haddon Spurgeon a 'liar', a 'fool', or a 'crazy person'? [See Posts 1A-1B, February 2, 2019 and Post 2, February 9, 2019; let us see how you do with the next Person and what He - 'The Son of God', 'Jesus the Christ' - has to say, about 'death'. See the posts dated February 16, 2019. As we continued our series, we remembered and have also considered what an 'Apostle', Paul, had to say, as well. [See our last Post 4 in the series posted on February 23, 2019.] Then, we concluded our 'introduction' with some 'encouragements and exhortations with Post 6a-b, on March 30, 2019. www.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html See all the Saturday posts during the month of April, 2019 for more.
Today, May 18, 2019, let us begin our Post 8 multiple part series for a season in which we will look in more details on the subject of 'mortality' and 'immortality' on our weekly Saturday Series. The series is straightforward, but, here we will take our time on some 'topics' to which we said we would return to, once we laid the 'foundations' as straightforward as we could, without getting into the 'asides' . But, these are 'important' sub-topics, mentioned previously in passing.
I pray to Jesus, through the Holy Spirit that after we are finished here, that whatever 'hindrances' you had, that you will have absolutely no 'reason' to be found 'lost' and 'out' of 'the faith of Jesus', when you die, or, He appears. And further, I pray that the Holy Spirit of God will convince and convict you of this 'truth', to wit: 'Death in this Life, is NOT THE END!' Amen. Amen. [John 16:6, 8]
Some Holy Bible Passages for you to 'search'. [Acts 17:11]
More from the New Testament; Post 8 A, May 18, 2019
The 'Blessed Hope'
My friends. From all the previous posts, referenced in this 'series', in conclusion, let me clearly say this.
I do not know about you, but, for me, I have enough. I have this 'blessed hope in me'. Titus 2:12–13 says that the grace of God teaches us “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” This passage identifies the “blessed hope” as the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior. This is every true believer's 'earnest expectation'!
Additionally, each who are 'in Jesus' carry 'the hope of glory' within them through the indwelling Holy Spirit - 'Christ in us, the hope of glory'. [John 14:16-17, 20; 16:7; Colossians 1:27] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now, some 'asides', together with a chart for your future reference when studying this most important subject further, and, to share. And, because I will not let the birds out praise me, a song, as well.
On the 'word', 'blessed'.
The word blessed can mean “happy” or “beneficial”. Our hope is “blessed” in that Jesus’ return will be an amazing, joyful experience for the believer in Christ. We will be blessed beyond measure when we see Christ. The trials of this life will be over, [John 16:33] and we will see that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” [Romans 8:18].
The word hope does not communicate uncertainty, as in “I hope that something might occur”; rather, it is the glad assurance that something will take place. Jesus is our hope, and no one can take that hope away. “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” [Romans 5:5]. Jesus, God the Son, like His Father, cannot lie. [Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18]
The “blessed hope,” then, is the joyful assurance that God will extend His benefits to us and that Jesus Christ will return. We are waiting for this event now. Jesus said He would return [John 14:3], the angels said He would return [Acts 1:11], and the epistles say He will return. Jesus could come back at any time for His 'church', [set aside ones']. which includes all believers in Christ from the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 onward. This event is called the 'rapture', or more appropriately, 'the first resurrection'. It will be announced by the voice of the archangel and God’s trumpet call. [Revelation 11:15] The bodies of those who have died will be raised to be joined with their souls, and then the bodies of those believers still living on earth will be changed into a body like the Lord’s resurrection body. The believers raised from the dead and the believers living at Christ’s return will meet the Lord in the air and be taken to heaven. They will “fly the friendly skies united” [cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18]. This will happen in the twinkling of an eye [1 Corinthians 15:52. Study also Daneil 12:2, confirmed in the New Testament by both, Jesus and Paul, in John 5:29 and Acts 24:15, respectively, See also Isaiah 26:19].
As Jesus said, as found in Luke 21:28-33, 'And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.' Are we seeing 'these things' coming to pass??? [Read all the Gospel accounts, and see what is occurring, world-wide, today. Matthew 24:1-31; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-38]. You decide, for yourselves. [Acts 17:11]
Therefore, even in the face of death, Christians have “a living hope” of eternal life. Our hope is far greater than just a “wish” or “desire”; it is a sure expectation based on the word of Christ [John 11:25]. We live now “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” [Titus 1:2].
How then, should this 'blessed hope' impact the life of a 'follower, believer', 'in Jesus Christ'? Stay tuned for the next post, but to give you ample time, not until June 1, 2019, as the Lord wills. Amen. Amen.
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