“if for this life only, we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied” 1 Corinthians 15:19
The word Hope connotes a certain, definite and unseen expectation of or from anything which is always of a futuristic nature and most often than not invisible. Romans 8:24 scripts it as this “for in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?”.
A question many contend with is whether or not our hope or belief in Christ is in vain, which can crystallize into the question of whether the hope we have as believers is endless or the end we await is hopeless. The answer to this question forms the epicenter of the life the Christian lives today.
The answer to this question is that the hope is not endless and the end is not hopeless. What drives and motivates the believer in between the hope we have and the end we aspire to is the engine of faith. “for we walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7, other translations would substitute “walk” for “live”. The Bible goes further to define faith in Hebrews 11:1 as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”, or the assurance of things unseen.
The truth which all men should be told is that the Christian faith is strongly fortified with extremely compelling evidence which can never be overturned that Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith died for the sins of the world and rose on the third day to be at the right hand of the father in Glory and will come again for all who tarry in the faith.
1 Corinthians 15 : 4-8 says “that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all as to one untimely born he appeared to me”. Apostle Paul quickly adds in Verse 19-20 that “if for this life only, we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep”.
With certainty it is clear that the Christian faith stands sure and any hope based on it is not endless. Consequently the end we strive towards is not hopeless. Jeremiah 29:11 sums it all up by saying “for I know the thoughts I have for you” declares the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. The New Living translation puts it thus “to give you a future and a hope”.
The word for you today is this : A LIFE IN CHRIST IS A LIFE ASSURED AND FULL OF GAIN. COME INTO THE FOLD TODAY.
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