12/04/16 Hope's Position!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Under: Sermon
Intro:

What is the great hope of the believer? It is eternal life—the glorious privilege of living forever with God. Just imagine living face to face with God forever! No greater privilege could ever be given man. Our hope is said to be a living hope. A living hope means that it is not a dead, lifeless hope. It is not the kind of hope that we use to stir positive thinking for the moment but does nothing for us beyond the grave; not the kind of hope that gives us meaning and motivation for life but is dead and lifeless beyond this life. Despite all the earthly benefit we get from positive thinking and motivational hope, these have no meaning beyond this life and the grave.

A living hope means that it is not a probable hope; it is not the kind of hope that may or may not come to pass. The hope that God gives is a living hope, a hope that is real and true, that actually exists. A living hope is active and functioning; it acts and works both within the heart of the believer and within heaven apart from the believer. Eternal life is a living hope because it is reality; it is a life that really exists in another world, the spiritual world, that is more real than the world in which we live. The believer's hope for eternal life lives, acts, and works within the believer now, even while he is on earth. It is not that the believer is going to receive eternal life; he has already received eternal life. His hope for eternal life is living, acting, and working within him right now. This is the glorious hope of the believer, the living hope of living forever with God face to face. THIS IS HOPES POSITION!

Scripture reminds us: “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 3:16 (KJV)

Do you really give much thought to having hope becoming a reality in a Baby wrapped up in swaddling clothes lying in a manager? You should, because without Christ you have no hope! The gift of hope allows us to experience the proof of Christ working in our own life; this gift also allows us to understand there is permanence in this relationship, and a power that the Holy Spirit enables us to use.

Text: 1 Peter 1:3-6

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.”

Application: Hopes Position Has Christ.

Hopes Position Has PROOF:

1. The Proof: vs. 3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

  • It is a guarantee by the resurrection of Christ!

The unsaved person is “without hope”; yet the believer has a living hope because he has a living Savior. Christ is our Hope, and we look for His soon-expected return. The Christian does not work for this hope; it is a part of his spiritual birthright.

This is where the gift is given but must be received or accepted or opened or used or followed…

The proof lied in a manger, hung on a cross, died, was buried and three days later rose! THE PROOF IS CHRIST

Hopes Position Has PERMANENCE:

2.The Permanence: vs. 4 “to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.”

  • It is kept in heaven for us.

“We have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” The inheritance is incorruptible. All things earthly have in themselves the seeds of decay and death; but “when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,” The redeemed of the Lord shall receive a kingdom that cannot be moved, where “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.” It is undefiled. The inheritance of Israel was defiled, but into the heavenly inheritance entirety not “anything that defileth.”

As Jesus was in the upper room prior to His death He reminded His disciples:

“Let Not your Heart be Troubled!”

“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.”

Hopes Position Has POWER:

3. The Power: vs. 5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

  • God’s mighty power assures us that we will safely arrive in heaven.

In the Book of John Chapter 11 there is a great example of God’s power: “Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:21-25

Martha showed extraordinary faith in Jesus when her brother had been dead for 4 days, she displayed faith (hope). There is no hope for eternal life unless a person is born again by the Spirit of God. A person has to be regenerated and made into a new man before he can ever live forever. The living hope comes by the new birth. Note the words begotten again or born again. There is no hope for eternal life unless a person is born again by the Spirit of God. A person has to be regenerated and made into a new man before he can ever live forever.

That’s the power, once you allow the spirit of God to create in you a new man your position is eternal.

Conclusion: That’s the Gift! That’s what Christmas is: the proof of Christ, His permanence and His power that allows us to have hope and experience the Gift! With this power we can live, we do not have to live in disappointment or depression because of what has happened in our life. “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

Fresh Hope (Illustration)

A blind sailor by the name of Hank Dekker navigated his twenty-five-foot sloop alone from San Francisco to Hawaii. Midway in the 2,376-mile voyage, he encountered a storm which caused his craft, Dark Star, to capsize. Other than floundering for a couple of days while Dekker reorganized the boat, no serious damage resulted; he drifted only twenty miles off course. Using Braille charts and compass and a computerized navigation system that read his position aloud, the brave man covered the distance in twenty-three days. “I’ve got a twenty-four-hour night,” he says, “and they’ve [others] got a twelve-hour night.”

This extraordinary feat not only gave the sailor tremendous satisfaction, but it also offers fresh hope for the sightless and the seeing alike. Hope can be a matter of perspective!

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