The Hope to which we are Called

(Ephesians 1:17-21)I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.What is “the hope to which we are called”? What is it that we, as Christians, hope for in Christ Jesus? Have you ever thought deeply about eternity and the life beyond this one? Have you ever contemplated the realms of existence that exist beyond what the human eye and mind perceives? The Bible teaches that this physical universe we live in– the earth in all its glory, the moon and even the heavens, are but the outer fringe of all God’s works! (Job 26:7-14)

If you are amazed at the creation that we live in now—you “ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Even now, this world in its present form is passing away and a time is coming when God will bring about a new heavens and a new earth:(2 Peter 3:12-14)
as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.The apostle John saw visions of the future and the new earth. Revelation 21 tells us of a place and a time when God Himself will live with us. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”This is eternal life that Jesus Christ came to give us by His death on the cross. God wants us to know what is going to happen. He wants to give us this gift of eternal life. And this gift begins even NOW for us, in this life, here on this earth! God wants us to have the gift of His Holy Spirit to indwell us and fill us even now in this age.

This is our hope—“the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27)But in order to have the gift that God wants to give us we must understand God has given us a plan of salvation that we must follow in order to posses this gift of eternal life. The bible teaches that our sins have separated us from God and the way God provided for this great separation to be bridged was by the atoning sacrifice and death of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. But he was pierced for our transgressions,he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,and by his wounds we are healed.We all, like sheep, have gone astray,each of us has turned to his own way;and the LORD has laid on himthe iniquity of us all. –Isaiah 53:5-6

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