Everlasting Hope

 

“As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him” Gal. 5:5

In the New Testament we find examples of the followers of Christ arguing over issues that are not central to their faith. Some examples are speaking in tongues; circumcision of the Gentiles; eating food offered to idols; and incorporating the law into their faith.

Today, more than two thousand years later, we followers of Christ still find issues not central to our salvation to argue about. For example: Once saved, always saved; Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues; the rapture of the Church; following the Ten Commandments; you must be baptized to be saved and more.

Instead of taking sides on these issues, we should be spending time in prayer, fellowship and reading the Bible. How can we hide God’s word in our hearts if we do not spend time reading what He says? Reading His living Word will change our lives and reveal His side of important issues. It will also transform us into the people He wants us to be, regardless of denominational creeds.

Gal. 5:5 As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him; and this is what we wait for by the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith.

Now this is a wonderful hope that is based not on human arguments but on the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith!

John 10:10-11 I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Peter 1:3-5   All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

After reading these verses, what have we to debate about? What could bring disputes between believers when we read such words as: “It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus from the dead.” What is more important than our salvation? And then we see the emphasis of having a “priceless inheritance—that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled…” And then, we learn that God Himself is protecting us by His power through our faith until we receive this salvation. Believers should be rejoicing rather than disputing.

John 10:27-30   My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

John 6:35-40 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

1 John 4:4  But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

2 Corinthians 5:17   This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Matthew 11:28-30  Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Our faith has established our eternal future and God has promised to keep that future secure. Nothing else is worthy of debate or differences between believers.

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