Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Hope Of Glory

               Reading Colossians 1:24-27 quoted below: I ponder (v 27) (that portion which states; “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”)  I think of the multitudes that have accepted Jesus the Christ and gained the “hope of glory,  those who now know that Jesus the Christ is their “hope of glory.  They have the peace and comfort of knowing that when they are called into eternity, Heaven will be their eternal resting place.  They know that the grave isn’t the end, nor will they see Hell.  They know their body will descend into that grave, but they will already be in Heaven, communing with God.
               (Then the other side of the coin shows itself.)  Those are the people who have NOT accepted Jesus and do not know the “hope of glory.  The hard part is so many don’t care.  (Their “hope” is in a worldly system, one that only loves them as long as they are obedient to the world.)  They will find their final resting place within the confines of God’s wrath in an eternal, everlasting, tormenting Hell.  They will wish that the silence and solitude of the grave was Hell. 

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

               I am certain some who are reading this are asking the question, “What is this hope of glory?”  The “hope” is the knowledge of knowing with certainty that your soul will reside in peace with God and His Son Jesus eternally.  The “glory” is that final revelation of the manifested [made visible] Heaven, a final place of residence.  So our “hope of glory” is an eternal life with Jesus and our Father in Heaven.  It will be a place of rejoicing, a place of peace, a place of no more partings, and no more tears.  What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. 
               So reader, my question to you is: “Where do you stand?  Is it Heaven, the “hope of glory,” or is it God’s wrath in a fiery Hell with weeping and gnashing of teeth?  It will be a time that you will not only beg for water, but for just a moment of silence.”
                Reader, God loves you. He does not want you to go to Hell.  His desire is that all of us will join Him and His Son Jesus in Heaven.  All he asks is that we believe, and in that belief we will tell others.  If we do believe with a sincere, (true) heart, God will save us into His “hope of glory.

Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

               Accept Jesus today.  Believe God has raised Him from the grave, and you will know His “hope of glory.                                       

Bro. John R. E Chastain

Colossians 1:24-27  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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: 

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