Pastoral 2012

The Christians’ Hope

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 April 2012

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Though the Bible predicts perilous times in the last days, Christians are urged to live with the hope of glorious experiences of heaven which their Saviour has promised them. They might have gone through many troubles and sufferings in this present world, but they can live with the hope of a glorious eternity to come. Every Christian can say confidently, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:24-25 that “we are saved by hope. . . But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it”. Our salvation that we received by faith kindles within us an undying hope. We hope in the promise of Christ concerning our eternal heavenly home. “Then do we with patience wait for it.” We wait, not as criminals for execution, but as a bride for the wedding. The joy is sure to come. So we eagerly and patiently wait for His return. He will surely come to take us to His glorious home.

A Christian’s real possession is not in what he sees. Suppose God prospers him and he has riches; let him be grateful, but let him confess that these are not his real treasures. He knows that all the wealth of the world gathered together cannot be compared to the glory that awaits him.

Paul speaks of “the glory which shall be revealed in us”, and he tells us in another place that it is “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”. He then said, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor 4:17-18). What great hope Christians possess! It is glory! Glory shall be ours, even ours, poor sinners as we are. Grace is sweet, but what will glory be? It shall be revealed in us, and about us, and over us, and through us, throughout all eternity.

Though the Bible predicts perilous times in the last days, Christians are urged to live with the hope of glorious experiences of heaven which their Saviour has promised them. They might have gone through many troubles and sufferings in this present world, but they can live with the hope of a glorious eternity to come. Every Christian can say confidently, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:24-25 that “we are saved by hope. . . But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it”. Our salvation that we received by faith kindles within us an undying hope. We hope in the promise of Christ concerning our eternal heavenly home. “Then do we with patience wait for it.” We wait, not as criminals for execution, but as a bride for the wedding. The joy is sure to come. So we eagerly and patiently wait for His return. He will surely come to take us to His glorious home.

A Christian’s real possession is not in what he sees. Suppose God prospers him and he has riches; let him be grateful, but let him confess that these are not his real treasures. He knows that all the wealth of the world gathered together cannot be compared to the glory that awaits him.

Paul speaks of “the glory which shall be revealed in us”, and he tells us in another place that it is “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”. He then said, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor 4:17-18). What great hope Christians possess! It is glory! Glory shall be ours, even ours, poor sinners as we are. Grace is sweet, but what will glory be? It shall be revealed in us, and about us, and over us, and through us, throughout all eternity.

Hope’s descriptions

Scripture has the following description for the hope that we have received through our salvation in Christ.

A blessed hope: Titus 2:13 says that Christians must live their lives by “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”.

A good hope: 2 Thessalonians 2:16 tells us that “our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace”.

A lively hope: 1 Peter 1:3 teaches us that “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. We have a lively hope, a vigorous, active, operating hope! It lives for ever. Our hope shall never die.

It is worth waiting for the fulfilment of our hope, for it is certainly a blessed and good hope which is imperishable.

 

 

Thanksgiving And Greetings

 

Bro John Peh wrote . . . .

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High” (Psalm 92:1).

When I read the article written by Pastor Koshy on “Come Before Him With Thanksgiving” in last Sunday’s bulletin, my heart was stirred to give thanks unto the Lord also, for there are many things that I need to be thankful for. Our most merciful and gracious Lord has bestowed upon my family many blessings despite our unworthiness. As I reflect on the last 12 years in Gethsemane, truly, these are the most important and meaningful years in our family life. Many times, my wife and I would recollect and ponder on how my family would turn out if it were not for God’s mercy and for Gethsemane. The

following are our thanksgiving items: