Our Hope: The Glory of God

Sun Apr 26 message on Our Hope: The Glory of God by Johnny

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭1-5‬ NIV)

A The Relationship: an access to God (v1-2)
– Antecedent of we have peace is we have been justified by faith
– Before, we are empty, hard hearted & apathetic to God
– Yield arrogance & hard heartedness to God’s way

Emptiness > Peace with God

– Application: Do we all experience the peace of God? How does God give you peace through turbulent times in the past, present & future?
– Only can experience peace by inviting the prince of peace into your heart

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

– “Peace floods the soul when Christ floods the heart”
– “Access” to a privileged area (which is the presence of Christ) where we will be in His presence forever

B The understanding of growth (v3-4)
– Take courage in life’s challenges
– Life is a long & winding road
– We know suffering produces perseverance
– Rejoicing in our suffering is not (or should not!) be unusual for a believer
– Illustration: To enjoy lemon or orange juice: we need to squeeze out & disfigure the fruit
– In OT, affliction is viewed as a normal experience of a believer for our spiritual growth

Perseverance – Define: Staying power & capacity stay under heavy load. Describes attitude of overcoming (not doing nothing)

– Illustration: Running marathon, every step after halfway mark is sheer determination to persevere to cross the finish line
– Only a believer who has experienced & perseveres develops steadfastness

“The Lord gets His best soldiers out to the tests of affliction (?)” – Spurgeon

– We will face losses & walk through fires if ordained to do so by the Lord
– Illustration: Refiner puts gold in to remove all impurities leaving metal in the fire until the refiner can see his face in it
– Likewise we are shaped & refined by God becoming more & more like Him
– God chooses what we go through & how we go through it
– In English language, hope contains an element of uncertainty (may/may not happen)

Hope – define: want something to happen

– Simple but also profound hope of what God would accomplish through His plan
– Hope for believers in the Bible carries NO UNCERTAINTY
– The blessed hope that He is coming back (not the blessed maybe)
– Hope is God’s bridge that carries us from where we are to a deeper spiritual maturity
– Our believe, faithfulness & reflection

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C The outpouring of God’s love (v5)
– Outpouring of His love which does not disappoint
– God’s redeeming love is outpouring
– Once we develop perseverance in Christ, we see the world differently
– The only way to have this kind of life
– When we celebrate the Lord’s supper, Christ took on burden none of us can imagine & had sweats drops of blood for us
– We have the assurance of blessed hope

Conclusion
– We have hope in the return of our Lord
– Exalting in tribulations which God uses to purify our character
– Deal with it through the blessed hope of the glory of our Lord

Our Hope The Redemption of our Bodies

Scripture: Romans 8:18-25 / Speaker: Mr Sinnappan

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‘If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.’ (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭17‬ KJV)

1. The reckoning of our sufferings

#For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ KJV)

  • Yes we will go through suffering & disappointment but don’t lose heart.
  • Because we have a body of flesh.
  • Because we live in a sinful world.
  • Take sight away from around you & focus above.

“It is not merely that the glory is a compensation for the suffering; it actually grows out of the suffering. There is an organic relation between the two for the believer as surely as there was for the Lord” (F.F.Bruce on Eph 3:10)

2. The manifestation of the Sons of God

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭19‬ KJV)

  • Our bodies yearn from liberty from whatever we are suffering.
  • Manifestation = display, show, reveal
  • The raptured church will appear with Him.

3. The reassurance of Hope through vanity

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭20‬ KJV)

4. The release into glorious liberty

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭21‬ KJV)

  • Bondage of corruption caused by sin of Adam’s fall.
  • Liberty with Christ from:
    • Corruption to in corruption
    • Dishonour to glory
    • Weakness to power
    • Natural to spiritual
    • Earthly to heavenly
    • Mortal to immortal
    • Death to life

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭2‬:‭14-15‬ KJV)

5. The redemption of our body
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭22-23‬ KJV)

  • We may have a lot of queries:
    • How far is heaven?
    • How long will it take?
    • What is rapture like?
    • Will we recognize our loved ones?
  • What we know is we will have a supernatural body that does things out physical body can do (2 Cor 5:8)
  • We should not worry but trust in the Lord’s plan
  • Like how a flower comes out from a seed
  • Salvation 1st stage: redemption of the soul from sin
  • Salvation final stage: redemption from the body from corruption upon death

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6. The reality of the unseen hope

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? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭24‬ KJV)

  • Seen things physical, material, decays, does not last.
  • What cannot be seen is spiritual. Not bound by space, weight & time. Not temporal but eternal. (2 Pet 3:11)
  • We know it’s real as Jesus Christ proved with resurrection. He met, spoke & ate with many.

7. The readiness with patience

  • But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV)

Do you set your minds on things above instead of earth?

How Can I Hope? – The New Birth

HOPE is Heaven-Oriented Positive Expectation. It makes our faith in Christ unique & unequaled when compared with other religions. (Message & notes by Mr Sinnappan Nadason)

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1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

Begotten Unto the Hope (v3-4)

  1. Bestowal of Mercy
  2. Born in the Spirit
  3. Blessings of Hope
  4. Bequeathal of Inheritance
  5. Bonus of Power (from God)

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1 Peter 1:22-25

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Behavior out of Hope (Vv22)

  1. Purifying of the Soul
  2. Practicing the Truth
  3. Proving by Love

The Character of Love

  • Earnest. Fervent; intense;
  • Unpretentious (unfeigned = not acting).
  • Out of  a pure heart (genuine, true, wholehearted);
  • Out of a Godly & holy attitude (as God exemplifies).

The Conduct of Love

  • By giving liberally (2 Cor 8:8)
  • By sincerity. Without dissimulation or pretense (Rom 12:9; 1 John 3:18-19)
  • By serving (Gal 5:13; Heb 6:10)
  • By forbearing & Forgiving (Eph 4:2)
  • By walking (living) in love (Eph 5:2)
  • By obeying (John 14:15)

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Basis of Our Hope (23-25)

  1. Incorruptible Seed (v23). Not subject to decay nor death (Vv 14, 18, 19, 23)
  2. Inadequate Lifetime. Brevity of lifetime (v24)
  3. Indwelling Word – forever (v25, 2 Cor 4:6)