25th July 2017

What Is Your Hope? 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
 

In last weeks’ study we looked at this verse closer, examining the the ‘speak up and tell’ aspect of it, finding that we need to be ready to give an ‘apology,’ ‘answer’ or ‘defence’ to every person who asks us about our faith. Today let’s look closer at the questions being asked—a reason for the hope that is in us. What is your hope?

Believers have a hope that is internalized, that is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Because he lives in us we have hope of life eternal (John 3:15). “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). Hebrews 6:19 says “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast.”

Jesus Christ is our hope. Paul began his letter to Timothy with this salutation: “Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1). We are not like others who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Believers must hold to the blessed hope until the appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13).

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” says Romans 5:5. The Message Bible gives 1 Peter 3:15 as, “Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re the way you are, and always with utmost courtesy.” As we give our defence, may we point them to Jesus Christ, mankind’s only hope.

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).

Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for Jesus Christ, our hope of glory. Thank you father, in Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen
 

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone: 07958 386944
Email:   martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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