Hope: Part Two

We continue today, from where we stopped yesterday. In case you haven’t yet read the initial part of the discussion, you can quickly go through it here. Now, we examine two other ‘Hope’ that the Scripture draws our attention to.

Hope of Glory (Colossians 1: 27, Romans 5:2)

Sometimes among church folk, the word glory has been reduced to a mere chant or an appropriate response to some form of material or physical achievement. And indeed this is not without reason, for there is a glory albeit fading or of no eternal consequence that seems to permeate our current realm. But the Glory we are exhorted about is nothing like that. Indeed, the Apostle Paul makes this very clear when he writes to the believers in Colosse about the Mystery which God is making known at this time. He says:

Colossians 1:27
[27]To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

I am so excited about this verse, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’d simply say that the only reason why the believer expects and will be part of this actually is the reality of Christ in him. But to avoid all assumptions, Paul goes on saying:

Colossians 1:28-29
[28]Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
[29]Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

It is the Jesus whom we preach…not any other Jesus or a man or system or church. And He has become our preoccupation. Without this Jesus, Scriptures put it’s clear, there is no Glory for us now neither is there any awaiting us. For Christ is the hope of the Glory of God.

Hope of Eternal Life (Tit 1:2, 3:7)

In contemplating this, we would not delve into what Eternal life is. We’d restrict ourselves rightly so, to the Hope of Eternal life. The Apostle Paul in his letter to Titus revealed some truth we’d do well to acknowledge. One of such is that:

Titus 3:7 As a result, God in his kindness has given us his approval and we have become heirs who have the confidence that we have everlasting life.

If you are a student of the scriptures, a question you immediately find yourself asking is this: As a result of what did we become heirs granting us the confidence that we have everlasting life?

Titus 3:3 Indeed, we, too, were once stupid, disobedient, and misled. We were slaves to many kinds of lusts and pleasures. We were mean and jealous. We were hated, and we hated each other.
Titus 3:4 However, when God our Savior made his kindness and love for humanity appear,
Titus 3:5 he saved us, but not because of anything we had done to gain his approval. Instead, because of his mercy he saved us through the washing in which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and renewal.
Titus 3:6 God poured a generous amount of the Spirit on us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 3:7 As a result, God in his kindness has given us his approval and we have become heirs who have the confidence that we have everlasting life.

The hope of Eternal life predates and transcends time. And we can have full confidence in its reality and actualization because God promised it. That’s the ground of our Hope.

Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

However, it is revealed in time, and made known to all men, to the end that men, through believing may become heirs of the promise.

Titus 1:3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior

In view of all that God has made known to us, calling us to partake in, what manner of men then should we be, haven believed?

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,

He that has this hope, let him walk in the full assurance of it.

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