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4th May 2023


The Hope of Glory

The God of hope blesses us with an abounding hope which we find in, & through, Christ Jesus.
‘In Christ’ we have an endless & living hope. Apart from Him it is a hopeless end!!
Believers enjoy a hope that does not disappoint & a hope that is a spring & source of life.
These are the aspects of our great hope we will focus in upon today.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3


In, & through His great mercy God has begotten us to a living hope.
That hope is found through faith in the saving work of Christ through His death & resurrection.
Through the abundant grace & mercy of God we are born again (begotten) into that living hope.
A hope & an inheritance kept safe & secure for us in heaven. It is reserved for us through Christ.
This living (lively) hope enables us to start experiencing spiritual life & to truly live life.
‘In Christ’ & the hope we have in Him we begin to enjoy & experience life as it was truly intended to be.
A relationship with Father, Son & Holy Spirit through our living hope.


Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5


Christian hope is desire with expectation; the anticipation & confidence to obtain that which is cherished above all else.
The hope we have in Christ does not disappoint us. That is something to rejoice, & keep rejoicing about!!
That is because the love of God is poured forth (flowing endlessly) into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
Christian hope is therefore like a channel (river-bed) that the love of God flows powerfully through.
May those channels be clear & clean to enable a free flow of God’s love. SELAH.

For Reflection

  • In what ways has life changed since my hope in Christ began?
  • What am I doing to maintain a clear & clean flow of God’s love unto me?
  • Meditate upon our living hope which does not disappoint.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father, God of hope,
Thank you for the living hope we have in Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus,
That that hope brings us life & life in abundance.
Jesus thank you that the hope we have in You is endless & will never disappoint,
Thank you that it is kept safe for me, reserved for me by You.
Holy Spirit thank you that you are the source of God’s love flowing unto me,
Lead & guide me to have clean hands & a pure heart so that nothing stems that fount.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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