Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 10:32-33
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Hope is the central theme of the Christian’s salvation. Our helmet is the “hope of salvation” (1 Thess. 5:8). “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Rom. 8:24). What did the apostle Paul mean when he said we are saved by hope? Our hope in God and His Word (the way of salvation) is paramount to the Christian’s existence; we have no other hope. Christ is our lively hope. Christ, or our hope in Him, is what keeps us going and fighting the battle against sin and our flesh. Thereby we are saved.
A brother whom I knew fairly well and thought a lot of was “suddenly” overtaken in a grave sin. This brought to mind some verses in 1 Corinthians 10. “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted” (v. 6). Then again in verse 11, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” We must remember that no matter how shocking an event, God has a use for it and can use it to warn others.
Hell is a place that must exist. First, it is a place where Satan and all his cohorts will be in eternity. It is also the place where lost souls must go. If there were no fear of hell, how many souls would be saved? How many of God’s children would just give up and say, “Well, so what if I don’t make it into heaven? My soul would just cease to exist.”
The intent of this article is to encourage carefulness in the use of credit cards, which has become a way of life in our era. Some businesses will only accept payment for goods or services by a credit card. Most of us carry these little plastic wonder cards. The banking industry has devised plans whereby they play on people’s wants and induce them to buy goods on credit. Many gullible people have fallen for this ruse. This has enabled the banks to skim billions of dollars in interest from an uninformed and unsuspecting public.
We are living in a world that is changing at a rapid pace. Items that are in today may be obsolete tomorrow. All of this change has an effect upon the Christian. But the same Lord that ruled the world during the years of persecution is still in control today and knows this. In His providential care, He looks down upon this world and sees how changes affect the Christian.
One of the curious luxuries that our affluent society affords many people is the ability to indulge in both the old and the new at the same time. People go to auctions or garage sales and purchase old items at a price many times the original value. Often these items will end up in beautiful newer homes, side by side with the most modern furniture or the latest technology and labor-saving devices.
Have you ever wished for a closer relationship with God? Have you ever felt like there is more to Christian life than what you have found? Have you ever felt restless inside, wanting something but not knowing for sure what? I have. In my youth years and even beyond, I often had restless feelings inside and a real desire to have a closer relationship with God. But how? How do I go about it?
I dreamed that I was in hell. A red firelight illuminated uncannily the frightful face of Satan, who was sitting on a kind of platform. Around him I saw depraved spirits who had come from all countries of the earth.
I saw a spirit moving toward the platform, and I felt that it was the one who had special orders to watch over me and follow me while on earth. He was filled with fear. Satan began to speak: “Usually you bring good reports. What have you to tell me now?”
How often have we made this or some similar expression? Too many Christians spend their lives living in the past, anguishing about what they should have done in various situations. “If only” we had not made some of the unwise decisions in the past. “If only” I had not bought that tractor. “If only” I had expressed my true feelings to the boss. “If only” I had not ignored that detour. “If only” I had taken notice of the speed limit sign. “If only” I had not uttered those spiteful words. “If only” I had not taken that first swallow of alcohol.
God has given us a Bible that is full of truth and light. If we are to understand the deep meaning of the things that are written for us, we will need to study them and apply them to our lives. We like instant gratification, and we tend to look mostly at the surface of things. Understanding the deep things in the Bible requires meditation. Living a shallow Christian life is one result of not digging deeper into God's Word. It is not enough just to listen to the preaching of the Word and go to Sunday school. We possess the opportunity, time, and resources to study the Word.