To Believe in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 4:18 – Who {Abraham} against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

“Against hope” literally means that Abraham came directly to his hope. The word “against” is the Greek proposition para denoting motion to a place, and this place was in Abraham’s mind, where he believed in hope. The word “against” does not imply being opposed to something, but to arrive at something or someplace. Abraham’s hope was in “the first coming of Christ,” and what was in the forefront of his mind was his believing in a promise of God for a son. His son would be in the direct line of the Redeemer, but today our hope is the promise of God’s Word to us that Christ the Redeemer will absolutely return for us to take us home to heaven. In this hope we can be “fully persuaded,” as Abraham was in the promise of God to him back in Old Testament times.

Romans 4:20-21:
-20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {his believing faith}, giving glory to God;
-21: And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.

Our hope is the return of Christ, and this hope takes believing to bring it to life before our spiritual eyes. As Abraham’s believing grew he was able to have his son, Isaac, but this was not the end of the story of Abraham. He believed in the Word of God and that believing brought him face to face with the actual hope of someday walking with his Redeemer. This hope of his gave him reason, purpose, and excitement in life itself to continue living for God and being his best toward his fellow man. This example is written for believers today who are living in God’s grace.

Romans 4:22-25:
-22: And therefore {because Abraham believed in hope} it was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23: Now it was not written for his {Abraham’s} sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24: But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if {since} we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
-25: Who was delivered for our offenses {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification. {“Just as if I’d never sinned,” is one way to remember our justification.}

Without the hope of Christ’s return our, believing trust in what God has promised in His Word can become limited, but by placing the hope of his return in our hearts, our believing in the promises of God can grow daily. Living in the love of God will activate our believing, and with our believing we can anticipate the hope of Christ coming (at any moment) to take us home!

We will be looking at this living hope that gives the believer ever-increasing desire and strength to walk with God. With the hope alive in your heart you can believe with hope and confidence that Christ your Redeemer shall return and your name will be on his lips.

God’s eternal blessings are for you, and your place at His side has already been completely prepared for you!

Life Eternal

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life– I John 5:12. Oh, yes, there are many gods that can be worshiped and even cherished, but for the believer who looks to the true God and His Son Jesus Christ, their blessed privilege for doing so is an understanding of life eternal not when we die, but now while we are here upon this earth we can understand our eternal gift. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life– I John 5:20.” ~LMJ~

For I Believe God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Acts, we have the record of the Apostle Paul traveling (as a prisoner) on a ship toward Rome. The ship was about to sail into a fierce storm. Let us pick up the story in Acts 27:

Acts 27:10-11:
-10: And {Paul} said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading {cargo, freight} and ship, but also of our lives.
-11: Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

Because Paul was a believer, God could inspire him, this is why Paul “perceived” that trouble was imminent. Paul was correct! The ship came into a great storm, and the reason that this happened was that they (the Centurion watching over Paul, and the ship’s owner, and ship’s captain) believed, but their believing was incorrect. They believed in something that was wrong, when they should have listened to a man of God, especially when that man believes God’s Word.

Acts 27:20-22:
-20: And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest {a hurricane} lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
-21: But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
-22: And now I exhort you to be of good cheer {I exhort you to believe with me now in enthusiasm}: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

The ship and all the people went into that storm with Paul onboard as prisoner as well. But because Paul believed God’s Word, he was delivered from the storm, and the same is true for us today, whether the storms are physical, mental, or spiritual (Isaiah 25:4).

Acts 27:23-25:
-23: For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
-24: Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
-25: Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Sometimes we cannot help the circumstance we may find ourselves in, like what happened to Paul, but we can always be aware of God’s deliverance from any storm of any kind, because God is a refuge from our storms.

Often our believing not only saves us, but even those around us. When and where we believe what is recorded in God’s Word, not only will we receive, but when we do receive from God it will be inspiring to others. On that ship the people lost all hope, but our God is a God of hope – and this becomes ever more realized as we believe in the recorded Word and will of God. When we find ourselves believing in God’s Word, our hearts will be “of good cheer,” for life itself becomes exciting, and we can say as Paul did, “for I believe God.”

Jesus’ Love ─ A Higher Plane

“The love of Christ passeth knowledge- Ephesians 3:19, or, is beyond mere human knowledge about love. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down as some of the songs and literature of the day claim, for the love of Christ is first and foremost spiritual and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is greater than most realize because it brings the Christian believer into all the fullness of God- Ephesians 3:19!” ~LMJ~