Our Blessed Hope
The Redeemer's Return

Our Hope is the personal Return of our Redeemer



“Jesus Christ our hope” (1 Tim. 1:1). Jesus Christ is the believer’s “all in all” (Col. 3:11). He is “our peace” (Eph. 2:14). He is “our life” (Col. 3:14). He is “made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). And, we repeat, He is “our Hope.” But hope always looks forward. Hope has to do with the future. “We are saved in hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Rom. 8:24, 25). This means that what we hope for is that which we do not yet posses. [3] As another has said, “Man was not made for the present, and the present was not intended to satisfy man. “It is for the future, not the present, that man exists.” (W. Trotter).

The Hope of the believer is clearly set forth in Titus 2:13–“Looking for that blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (R. V.). Our Hope is the personal Return of Christ when He shall come back again to receive us unto Himself. Our Hope is to be taken out of this scene of sin and suffering and sorrow to be where Christ is(John 14:1-3). Our Hope is to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and be for ever “with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16,17). Our Hope is to be “made like” Him, and this hope will be realized when “we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). This is the “one hope” of our calling” (Eph. 4:4). This is the only Hope for everything else has failed.


Notes:
3. In Scripture, “hope” is something more than desire or longing: it is a joyous expectation, a definite assurance. Faith is that which lays hold of God’s promises; hope is that spiritual grace which sustains the heart until the promise is “received.”

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