Our Lively Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Timothy 1:1 – PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

An Apostle is one who brings new spiritual light to his generation. In the Epistle of Timothy, Paul first revealed who our hope is, Jesus Christ! Christ returning for the children of God, for you and me, can become our innermost hope. There are great fears about his coming that are truly unfounded because according to the Bible the return of Christ brings great rewards, and they will be given out, rather than any Christian ever receiving wrath, condemnation, hell-fire, etcetera.

Colossians 1:4-6:
-4: Since we heard of your faith {believing} in Christ Jesus, and the love {of God} which ye have to all the saints,
-5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
-6: Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Anticipating the hope of Christ’s return brings to the heart and soul of believers great understanding as it continues to enlighten our knowledge of “the grace of God in truth.” This wonderful hope can become the first thing that we think about when rising from bed (Psalms 63:6), and hope can give us comfort even at night. The hope of Christ’s return rejuvenates our love and our believing faith. The hope is inspiring and exciting, and when we recall our hope throughout the day, it reveals to us the hope of our Savior’s speedy return! (The return is most definitely closer today than yesterday: Romans 13:11) When the hope of his return becomes a reality within the heart, it will bring to our souls spiritual fruit, fruit that we can currently receive that will enlighten the human heart with wonderful godly qualities of reassurance and inspiration that we are blessed of God with His pure hope, and that we will be blessed of Him forever more.

I Peter 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
-4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Along with an abundance of mercy we have been given a “lively hope.” This “lively hope” can assure our searching hearts of an incorruptible inheritance reserved and prepared for our reception of it at our arrival into heaven’s gates.  The hope: Christ’s return presents a wonderful future, worthy of our anticipation. Like Abraham who against hope believed in hope, we too can walk in his shoes bringing the hope directly before our very eyes, and constantly into our believing minds.

God has given you a “lively hope” that no worldly circumstance can ever change or take away from you (Romans 11:29), because you are already God’s child and heaven-bound.

Jesus Christ in the Scriptures

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Acts chapter 8 verse 30 we have the record of Philip who asked another man (a eunuch) a simple question. “Understandeth thou what thou readest?” This is a fair and honest question, do we understand what we read when reading the Bible? Earlier in another study we learned a little bit about the one great subject of the Scripture, Jesus Christ, without whom we do not have the key to unlock the Scriptures for we would miss the spiritual understanding that only Christ can give to the heart and soul of searching men and women. When Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading from the Scriptures, the man honestly replied: “How can I, except some man should guide me?” (Acts 8:31). The man was reading from the book of Isaiah 53, and he had many questions that Philip was able to answer. Let us pick up the story in Acts:

Acts 8:32-35:
-32:  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
-33:  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
-34:  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray the, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
-35:  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Once we begin understanding that the Scriptures reveal Jesus Christ (not just in the Gospels), and we really began to recognize him throughout the Word, he begins revealing the true essence and realities of God to our minds. The word “humiliation” (in verse 33 above) relates to the physical punishment and torture that Jesus went through on our behalf, and that he, who knew no sin became sin for us, so that we might be made as righteousness as God is (II Corinthians 5:21).

King David also wrote about the hope of Christ’s coming throughout the Book of Psalms. The Apostle Peter in teaching about the resurrection of Christ on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 says of David that he always had Jesus Christ in the forefront of his thinking and writing.

Acts 2:25-26:
-25:  For David speaketh concerning him {recorded in the 16th Psalm}, I foresaw the Lord always before my face {by revelation}, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

What gave David inner joy, continued hope, and a glad tongue was knowing his Lord and Savior from the written revelation of Scripture (II Peter 1:21). The Scriptures continue giving us joy, hope, and a glad tongue – the same joys that Jesus knew when speaking the Word of God, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Luke 24:25-27:
-25:  Then he {Jesus} said unto them, O fools {“fools” simply means they were slow in their finding Christ in the Scriptures, Jesus was not insulting them, but making an observation}, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
-26:  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
-27:  And beginning at Moses {meaning: beginning from Genesis} and all the prophets {and ending at Malachi}, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

The Psalmist Wrote:

“The Psalmist wrote: The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart {are} to all generations– Psalms 33:11, and yes, this includes our generation in this day and time. Just mulling the wonderful Word around in our minds and allowing the thoughts of his heart to filter up into our hearts will cultivate godly concepts and produce inspired actions; these are things God not only will never forget, but He will reward our efforts forever and ever.” ~LMJ~