Our Hope in Jesus – Part 2 {Advent Devotional}

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By Bill McIntyre

TODAY LET US LOOK AT:

  1. HOPE MAINTAINED

 

1 Peter 1:4-5

to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time

For those who are born again in Christ we receive our inheritance from him.  This is not an earthly inheritance as Jesus says in Matthew 6:19;“ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”   This inheritance has several outstanding characteristics:

It is-

1. “incorruptible.” It will never perish; it is indestructible. It is the same word used in Romans 1:23 (NKJV) in describing the glory of the incorruptible God.

So when Peter talks here about an incorruptible inheritance he is linking it with God Himself as God is incorruptible.

2. “undefiled—unpolluted and fresh. It will never spoil or decay.  Like our Lord Jesus Christ who is there, our Lord Jesus Christ who is holy, harmless, and undefiled, Hebrews 7:26

Our fallen nature and our Sin that spoil this world, and mar its beauty, have no place there.  Because when we go to meet him we will be made perfect, we will be made sinless, we will be undefiled. This is our inheritance as children of God.  This is our certain hope as children of God.Hope (1)

3. Does not fade away It remains bright and vital.  This description reminds me of reading about The Last Supper, the great masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci.  Thousands of pounds were spent in an attempt to restore some of the fading colours.  Even the greatest of masterpieces ultimately fade. But the heavenly inheritance that our Lord provides for us will never fade.  The certain hope that our Lord provides for us will never fade.

4. Reserved in Heaven. In verse 4 Peter declares that this heavenly inheritance is reserved in heaven for us. The word translated as “reserved” in military terms it means “to guard.”  That is the promise of our Lord. He will guard, keep, and reserve our heavenly inheritance for us.  This shows us that it is a glorious inheritance for all that is in heaven is glorious:  it is certain to be safely kept till we come to take possession of it.

So who is it reserved for?  The persons for whom it is reserved are described, not by their names, but by their character:  through faith for salvation. This inheritance is preserved for them, and none but them; all the rest will be shut out for ever. All the rest have no hope.

5. A powerful shield.  That is the promise of God to us. Until the day we claim our heavenly inheritance, God has promised to provide for us a living hope, and He has promised to shield us with His power.  This powerful shield is ours if we live by faith in the living Christ.  Faith is absolutely essential for Christian discipleship.  It is by faith that we come to Christ, and it is by faith that we live for Him day by day (Galatians: 3-11).

The promise of Jesus to us is that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we also receive the power of God (Acts 1:8)

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth

The Acts of the Apostles is a wonderful commentary of those brothers and sisters in the early church who lived by the power of God. Paul encourages us to realize that God does not give us a spirit of weakness, but of power 2 Timothy 1:7.  This shield of faith will keep us by God’s power until our salvation is ready to be revealed in the last time.  There will be a new heaven and a new earth – Revelation 21:1! What a day that will be!

Until that day, our Lord has promised to be with us. He has promised us life eternal which no one can take from us.

And He has offered us some wonderful fringe benefits including a living hope, a heavenly inheritance, and a powerful shield.

Heavenly Father it is amazing that you give us this living hope, this sure and certain hope’ this hope which the world cannot take away or dim in our sight.  We thank you Father now and for all eternity. Amen.

Comments

  1. Anna - Southern Breeze Collections says:

    So glad He has given us a spirit of power and not of weakness. Without His power in our lives we would be nothing. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. He is our strength and He is our hope – oh if we would only totally get that

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  3. Amen. Spirits of power. No weakness. He is strong. We are blessed.:)

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  4. Ifeoma Samuel says:

    Treasures in heaven….I enjoyed this post, Bill.
    Many a Christian are deceived into heaping up treasures and possessions here on earth even when we have brothers and sisters in need we shut our ears and doors to them…It is those little kindness we give knowing we are laying up treasures in heaven. That’s another dimension of our hope.
    God bless

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  5. Great break down of the hope those in Christ have. To even try to imagine how great this promised treasure will be is impossible

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  6. Isn’t it amazing that we have a holy hope in the Lord!?!?! He is so good to us!

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