Monday, August 17, 2015

Is Changing My Life Just Some Empty Hope?

Can our hope to get our lives right ever be more than just a hope?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3.

IN HIS GREAT MERCY
God is full of mercy, and to call it great mercy is an understatement.  He has shown mercy to every living person every day allowing us all just to live and breathe.  His mercy must be the focus of our hope and not our own efforts.

HE HAS
This is the past tense of what has been done.  When God promises something you can be assured of it.  So, "In his great mercy he has given," suggests it is here today.  Salvation, new life, and heaven is not just a future dream but for those who have received it- it is present now.

GIVEN
Something given is not something earned.  This Bible verse says salvation and the new person we become is given away by God.  Salvation and this new birth are not a payment or reward that we earn by anything we can do or else it would not be a free gift.

NEW BIRTH
God gives us more than heaven, he also gives us a new birth, a new identity; who you are is now ready and able to change.  Because we have a new birth we are able to turn from the things that led to death and have success over things that ruined our lives.  We are able to turn around and be the people God meant for us to be.

INTO A LIVING HOPE
Our hope in Jesus is not some far off, maybe so- maybe not, vain thing; it is something that is living, current, active and engaged.  Our hope in Jesus is real.

Jesus did what no one else could do.  He died to pay for our sins.  The resurrection proves he has the power of life and power over death, that the judgment has been paid for; and it proves God is satisfied with what Jesus did on our behalf.  If he can rise from the dead then we can trust absolutely in his promise of eternal life and new birth now.

When you come to Jesus you come to the one who makes us new and we become who and what we are meant to be.  God has given the gift, but he does not force it on us, he offers it and each of us must decide to receive it.

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