Inescapable Hope

Inescapable Hope

Inescapable Hope

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12.

 

As a sinner myself, I am personally and directly responsible for Jesus’s crucifixion; it is my sin that drove the nails through His hands, and it is my sin that brought God humiliation.

The torment of Christ is something that I deserved to experience for all eternity.

Jesus quoting Psalm 22 gives us a picture of Jesus’s spiritual state in that moment. Similar to how one quotes a movie or song to describe how one is feeling, Jesus quotes Psalm 22.

The Psalm itself describes tremendous suffering of various kinds yet ends with a steadfastness of faith that ensures trust in God. His last words, a quote of Psalm 31:5, He shows that He was unwavering in Hope.

This provides a terrifying form of suffering that the wicked must endure false hope.

If Jesus was not vindicated by the resurrection, then His Hope would have indeed been vain. Nonetheless, as an eternal Being experiencing hope deferred, He experienced spiritual sickness of an eternity of deferred hope.

Inescapable Hope

We all place hope in something.

A person who is not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, too, has their hope in something. Perhaps it is hope in a better future, better living circumstances, or even the cessation of suffering via death.

Unfortunately, there is only one proper place to place one’s hope: The Incarnate Lord.

All other hopes are vain false hopes, and Hell is to experience an eternity of bitter deferred hope.

Even if someone were to try to abandon all hope as they enter the gates of Hell, they would still hope that the abandonment of hope might somehow produce a better existence, be it through a pseudo-death via eternal transcendental meditation or by holding to a hope of “making the best of it”.

Hope is an intrinsic part of the human experience, and the damned have an eternity of their vain hope burning in their stomachs by the logical necessity of conscious existence. 

Inescapable Hope

Jesus is the only true Hope, and only he can survive experiencing the full brunt of eternal deferred hope.

By Jesus being vindicated, so too was an eternity’s worth of deferred Hope fulfilled.

That is the same Hope that is offered to you and I through the Gospel of Christ.

How sure are you that you are placing your hope in the right thing? 

 

Inescapable Hope

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Liars Make Profits Not Prophets

Liars Make Profits Not Prophets

Liars Make Profits Not Prophets

 “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” – 2 Corinthians 2:17

 

The one thing we are commanded to lust after in the bible is the gift of prophecy.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that most of the prophets are merely to serve as the watchdogs of our faith, whose job it is to warn people who how God has promised He shall react to actions rather than to serve as fortune-telling seers.

Only a very select few of the few prophets have been given specific prophecies of the future.

A true prophet of God speaks only the truth and is bound by this burden even to his own detriment.

Only false prophets speak falsehoods, for a prophet speaks on behalf of their god and a false prophet speaks on behalf of a false god: A false god is a god of lies and so for a false prophet to speak falsehoods is how the prophet serves his god faithfully.

Who is the father of lies?

 

Who is The Truth?

 

Ask yourself:

 

  • Do you lie about how you are, how your day is going, or how your family life is fairing?

 

  • What utterances proceed from your mouth?

 

  • Do you lie, even if temporarily to make a point?

 

  • Do you lie in only the small things, or have they cascaded into even the big things as well?

 

Woe to those who claim to worship the Truth incarnated yet persist in practicing deception on any scale.

 

Do you err on the side of truth?

 

If so then listen to Him. Repent and speak only Truth; live in Truth.

He that has ears, let him hear.

 

*Title by James Thompson

 

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Evidence of Repentance

Evidence of Repentance

Evidence of Repentance

“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” Matthew 3:1-2

Do you feel that the kingdom of heaven has come near? It was a message preached two thousand years ago, even by the Messiah Himself right before He recruited His very first disciples (Matthew 4:17).

So, if this warning applied enough two thousand years ago for the incarnate God of the universe to find it worthy, or perhaps even necessary, to preach as the initiate teaching of His earthly ministry, how much more ought we repent now that the kingdom of God is at least partially present now before us?

It’s been two millennia since this warning was uttered and it rings true today just as much as it did back then.

I have spent a decent amount of time listening to those who have made shipwreck of their marriages.

In my experience…

…I have seen that the ones who confess their adultery to their spouse have a much more successful time reconciling and working through the tornado they’ve unleashed in their own marriage.

This is especially true when those repentant souls have already begun their own steps to free themselves from this sin either through a regular attendance to a support group, committed introspection with therapy, earnest pursuit of spiritual rejuvenation, or the common combination of all three.

When we confess, it shows that we are actively seeking to rid ourselves of our sin.

Confession is likely the biggest step in the healing process and its why it is intrinsically interlinked with repentance. It’s the first and greatest piece of evidence of repentance; you cannot solve a problem you will not admit you have.

God and the world are both sick and tired of Christians who talk a big talk yet hypocritically walk crooked walks. We do not need more insufferable whitewashed tombs; we need men and women who are brutally honest with their shortcomings.

Christians who will take off their fig leaf and expose their naked soul to God and to their neighbor: knuckleheads, dog-lappers, and Simon Peters. This is the circumcision of the heart.

This is the kingdom of heaven.

Remember this as you find those Christians unashamed and perhaps a bit too open about their past sins: rejoice, for the kingdom of heaven has come near unto you.

 

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God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

“Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.” Job 24:10 KJV

God doesn’t make mistakes. He does not do wrong, ever. If God could go back to have a do over, He would not do anything any differently.

A being that fails to be perfect does not deserve the title of God nor the honor of worship.

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Moses is beyond us in every way.

God didn’t make a mistake when making you, nor did He make a mistake allowing suffering to befall you while allowing blessings to befall the wicked. He did not accidentally allow a hurricane to form or the Holocaust to occur, nor can we condemn a being who’s character is where we derive the definition of moral goodness from just because He has not yet given us His reasoning for doing so.

Who are we to put God on trial?

God is so beyond us in every way, yet He is willing to endure the torturous and humiliating horror of public flogging, rejection, and crucifixion.

God is infinitely beyond us, yet the life of Yeshua shows us that He does not expect us to suffer with Him merely detached from our pain on the sidelines of life.

No, He has chosen to suffer alongside us through the birth-pains of history.

There is none like Him.

 

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