Inspirational

THE CHRISTIAN’S LIVELY HOPE

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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.

TRUE SECURITY

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At the end of Jesus’ parable of the unjust judge, He posed a thought-provoking question. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). While true faith produces many fruits, one that is sometimes used nearly synonymously with faith is trust. So perhaps, in the context of this article, the question for us in our day is whether mankind will still be placing their trust in God upon the Lord’s return. It would appear that this is diminishing.

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