That Blessed Hope
Is our Hope today different from believers in the past?
You might be asking, “What God, who is His Son and what's His Word?”. Well those are wonderful questions, but be prepared, for what you are opening yourself up to is mind blowing, heart melting, purpose filled, and a life giving plan that is revealed in His Word.
The Word of God is sometimes referred to as the 'Holy Bible'. How do we know it is the Word of the real God? There are a lot of God's out there, right? Islam has Allah, Buddhism has Buddha, Hinduism has Reincarnation, Atheism says “There is no God” and so on... This particular topic, on how the Word of God (Bible) is unique compared to all other books of religion out there, is an in depth study and can fill volumes by itself. We have these studies available here but here are few to start with:
The Bible is unique in its continuity. It was written over a 1600-year span during 60 generations and by more than 40 authors from every walk of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, and others. It was written in a variety of places and customs, during times of war and peace, on three continents(Africa, Asia, and Europe)and in different languages. With all that being said, it speaks with perfect unity and harmony, covering many subjects, a purpose and plan that started before time or creation existed. It covers the present and future events. The Bible has been circulated, read and published in more languages than any other book in the world, it has more manuscript evidence than any other literature in the world, it has even survived persecution. From Roman times to the present, people and governments have tried to burn it, ban it and outlaw it. Despite all of this, the Bible is still around and flourishing. We could go on and on... The on and on is available in other studies here on the site, but the most unique claim compared to any other written literature or religious writing is this: The Bible states that the one and only God of all things has a Son by the name of Jesus Christ, who created everything in our known universe and beyond. On an epic scale that we cannot even comprehend, but have a glimpse of in His Word, we find that one of His creations was an angel named Lucifer. Because God is all loving, he gave Lucifer a free choice, whether to serve Him or not. Well, Lucifer decided he didn't need God, and that instead, he wanted to be God. This choice sent perfect creation into Chaos and for the first time, sin came into existence. God came through though, and cleaned things up. He created a perfect garden on this earth for his new creation(Man) to abide in and care for. Our all Loving God gave man the same choice as He had given Lucifer, Man could serve God or do whatever he pleased instead. Man also chose to do his own thing, only this time it was from the influence of Lucifer, now called Satan. This threw Creation as we now know it, into Chaos. Man's choice to do his own thing brought sin and death into the human race. God forces no one to love Him, however, there are consequences for our own actions. These consequences are not from God but from the choices we make. God then looked down on this messed up world and broken man, and had mercy. He set a plan into action that would redeem man from the deception that Satan had planted. There was nothing that could redeem man in this fallen state. Man could not be good enough, say the right words or do enough good deeds to remove the death that he was now bound by, so God sent His one and only perfect son Jesus Christ to this earth. He was to live as a man, experience the same feelings we have, the same temptations, sorrow, and joy and yet remain perfect. Being God in the flesh, He was able to take all of man's transgressions(sins) and death upon himself. He was nailed to a cross and experienced death for us. He was cut off from existence. He was dead for three days and three nights but death couldn't hold him down. By the power of God, He was raised back to life, walked again among man and ascended back into the heavens. He is seated on the right hand of God and one day will appear again and begin the restoration of all things.
So now you are left with a choice. Do you believe these Words?
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
There is nothing for you to do but believe. Remember, you can't say enough right things, do enough good deeds, dress a certain way, go to church enough times or give away enough money. All you have to do is BELIEVE. Remember, if you believe, at a time in the future that God only knows, you will be resurrected to a life eternal with God and saved from eternal seperation from God.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
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Today the principles of right division have been almost lost so we offer teachings from the Word of God that will illuminate how to rightly divide the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 2:15 states "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". Click to learn more.