Let Us Make Our Hope Sure
April 14, 2014
This week Christians are (or should be) meditating on the grace God has bestowed on us through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, the sacrifice which not only paid for pardon and forgiveness, but which also bought, for all who believe, deliverance from the imprisonment of sin. (Acts 26:18 // Rom. 6:18,22 & 7:14,21-25)
This grace from God comes to us, then, by way of our believing, our faith, our hope. And it is Jesus who is Himself our Hope. (1 Tim. 1:1) He is “the hope held out in the Gospel.” (Col. 1:23) Being given all we need to live pleasing to God (2 Peter 1:3,4), we are cleansed of evil behavior and of minds at enmity with God (Col. 1:21) and become one with the Lord in spirit (v. 27 // 1 Cor. 6:17) through our obedience to His commands. (1 John 3:24)
It is imperative that we continue in this faith and hope, that we become firmly established in it, and that we do not move from it. (Col. 1:23) “For in this hope we were saved” (Rom. 8:24) and are being saved. (1 Peter 1:9) Only if we are holding firmly till the end will we come to share in Christ (Heb. 3:14) and be His faithful dwelling (v. 6); and diligence to the very end is the only way to make one’s hope sure. (6:11) Laziness and all other continued disobedience will forfeit the grace one could otherwise have secured. (3:7-12 & 4:11 & 10:26-31)
“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thes. 5:8) Let us note that children of the Light are to take action. We are not to neglect our responsibilities in maintaining our position of salvation. 1 Peter 1:13 urges us, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.” We must be preparing ourselves, our minds in particular, so that we can walk in self-control and all other actions that conform to the holiness God requires us to walk in. (v. 15) This is how we obey the rest of verse 13 which commands us, “Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” In other words, God’s grace toward us is not complete until He extends it to us when Christ returns. (v. 7,9)
So, let us examine ourselves and see if we have set our hope fully on God’s grace according to how the Scriptures, not men, instruct us to do so.