“The Believer’s Hope”

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Christian Life, Death, Decision Making, Rapture, Salvation

            Every day we make decisions in life and plan to engage in certain activities. They shouldn’t be made independently of God (James 4:13-17; Proverbs 3:5, 6) or without faith (Romans 14:23). Most of us are free to decide what kind of food we will eat, what time we will get up and go to work, what clothes we will wear, how we will do our work and interact with others at work, what we will do when we get home in the evening, and what we will watch or read before we go to bed and then start the day all over again the next day. All of these things should be done to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are other people learning something about God by observing your life?  Most people, including many Christians, live their lives to please themselves, not God (Romans 15:1; 2 Corinthians 5:9). What about you? Is your life boring and monotonous? Would you like to add some zest and meaning to it?

            Different. The true Christian who has been taught from Scripture the truth concerning the “Rapture” of the Church (“caught up” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17) can/should live his life differently. This truth can give new excitement to life so we can live an abundant life now (John 10:10) as we exhibit the “Fruit of the Spirit” in our lives (Galatians 5:22, 23). We know that the sufferings of this life are not worth comparing to the glory that shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). The song writer said it well: “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus…”.

            Hope. Rather than merely wishfully desiring that something might happen, the Christian’s hope is a confident expectation based on a promise from God. If God makes a promise to someone, He has the ability to do what He has promised to do because He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). Did Jesus promise to come back for His own (John 14:1-3)? This and other promises need to be claimed if we want to enjoy the “Faith-Rest Life” now (Hebrews 3, 4). Would you like to be free from worry? If you’re a Christian follow the formula found in Philippians 4:6, 7.

            Blessed. The “Rapture” truth will bring great joy and happiness into the life of the Christian who is looking forward to the possibility of Christ’s return for him at any moment (Titus 2:13). Yes, it’s been a long time since He made this promise. But “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day…He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Is He waiting for you to believe on Christ and be saved?  You need to know that this invitation won’t last forever. The thought of spending eternity with the One who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:25), is exhilarating. No longer will we have to live in this valley of tears where injustice and turmoil plague us (Revelation 21:4).

            Purifying. Those Christians who are anticipating the “Rapture” will also live purer lives than those who don’t (1 John 3:3). God calls upon His children to live holy (morally pure) lives (1 Peter 1:15, 16).  It is possible for a Christian to overcome the temptations that come from his sin nature when he walks by means of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25).  While we will never arrive at sinless perfection in this life (1 John 2:1), we can/should endeavor to live our lives in a manner that would bring joy and delight to the heart of God instead of grief (Ephesians 4:30).

            Questions. Do you believe that the lifestyle that you are currently living is well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9)? When you sin (act lawlessly – 1 John 3:4), does your conscience bother you or is it seared (1 Timothy 4:2)? Do you promptly repent (change your mind about what you’ve done) and then confess your sin(s) to God? Then do you claim and accept His forgiveness (1 John1:9) and move on in life? The Christian with un-confessed sins in his life is on dangerous ground and may be about to die prematurely (1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20).  Is this your true condition?

            Comforting. We all are headed for death and judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). But there is a generation of Christians who won’t die (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Will you be in that number? Physical death is not annihilation but a separation of the soul and spirit from the body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Spiritual death involves one’s separation from God and it is the condition into which all of us are born (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 5:12; 6:23). This is why we all need to be born again from above (John 3:3, 6). Have you been born again and been made a partaker of the divine nature from God (2 Peter 1:4)? Without this new nature there is no way you can please God (Romans 8:5-8). Since we know that being absent from the body means that the Christian will be immediately in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6), we have no need to fear death. (We don’t believe in Purgatory because it isn’t taught in Scripture.) Where do the unbelievers go when they die (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)?

            Caution. Are you living your life independently of God and trying your best to earn your way to heaven? Stop! It can’t be done. Our salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) is not based on our works lest we should boast. From start to finish, it’s all of God and His grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 1:6, 29). To be saved, we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Faith, not good works, is the only requirement God requires of us.

            Certain. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If not, let us show you from an open Bible how you can have this assurance (1 John 5:13). It can revolutionize your life as it has mine.

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            Imagine. If you shared this article, or the Gospel with just four people who shared it with four more peole, who shared it with four more people, imagine how soon we could reach multitudes of people for the Lord.   We’d go from 4 to 16 to 64 to 256 to 1,056 and more.  That is how the early church grew by word of mouth.

 

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