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Hope in God 12/8/2013
Dear friend,

Grace, mercy and peace unto you from God our Father and from His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Isaiah wrote 700 years before the first advent of the Messiah, that there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots shall bear fruit. He was referring to the Promise for the forgiveness of sins that was proclaimed in the book of Genesis (3:15) which was then fulfilled in the fulness of time which the angels proclaimed by bringing forth one of the greatest news flashes ever: " Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11

Prophets such as Isaiah were appointed to proclaim to the people to that Light that would one day pierce the dark skies of the night in the future. In Isaiah´s time, God´s chosen Jewish nation often went away from their Creator, Redeemer, Provider and Sustainer and consequently their Lord would call them back to Himself through many means. During those times of darkness, Isaiah would speak the word of hope and call the people to place their trust and hope in the God of Israel and not in men.

God has worked in the past, is working today and will work tomorrow. There is much learning that can be ours through learning and applying of how God worked in the lives of those have gone before us to the end that we may live in hope. The testimony of the scriptures declare to us of Jesus Christ and of the forgiveness of sins through which He brought hope into the world.

KJV Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

KJV Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Text: Romans 15:1-13 Hope in God

The context: As Apostle Paul winds down his writing of the book of Romans, he is encouraging the Jew and Gentile believers to know that they are now one in Jesus Christ and there is no longer any division between them as there was before. They have been brought into one body through the cross of Christ and he calls upon them to lilve in that reality. Let us see how he applies this to them...He begins by concluding the discussion of chapter 14 which concerns the non essentials of faith, pointing to the fact that to those who are weak, the strong should bear patiently their infirmities. He is referring to those who are weak as those who have not yet come to a mature understanding of what is biblical faith and therefore are still hanging on to the old ways that they were steeped in. They essentially believed that salvation was by Christ alone, but there were strings attached also. He begins...

KJV Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. Psalm 69:9
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. Psalm 18:49
10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. Deut 32:43
11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. Psalm 117:1
12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Isaiah 11:1

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

He is exhorting the believers by pointing out that this inclusion of both Jews and Gentiles had been prophesied by the Holy Spirit through the written Word already in the Old Testament. Paul used scripture to ground his argument of the oneness that now existed as the result of the Promise to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. He points out of the patience and consolation of God and calls upon them to learn from the examples that they were aware of in the Old Testament. He is writing that God's promises were fulfilled in Christ, and the fact that they rejected Him did not affect God's promise to them but the effect of the promise was contingent upon their repentance. To the Gentiles the prophecy of being shown mercy by God was now in effect as Paul reached back to the Old Testament scriptures to establish his argument on fact. On this basis, Paul prays that "the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, and not only, but that they may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Let us think about faith and hope as we consider this important word hope.

KJV Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Faith means to trust God, believing God for our future. We are trusting our life/our soul in the hands of God, for the future that He has in store for us.

Earlier in this letter, Paul had written about that which God has done for us in Christ, which then is the root cause for our joy and peace.

Romans 4:18 Who (Abraham) against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

KJV Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Hope we think of as our desire, something we would like to see happen, but in biblical language hope refers to the future promises of God, which have not yet taken place, but will happen. Our hope is like the anchor of the soul, for we believe God for our future.

Hope is the certainty of the future promises of God. Hope is faith looking forward. Do we believe that Abraham Lincoln was our President during the Civil War? Yes, we do, for we believe in those things that have already taken place, and we trust that those events happened. In this sense, we tend to think about faith in the sense of looking backward and hope as trusting in the future.

Even though faith and hope may be distinguished from each other, yet they are very closely related. Faith is what gives substance to our hope.

How do we know that the future promises of God will come to pass? Because we trust God, for people of faith are those who trust God. It is because of the faithfulness of God that we have assurance for the future. Because we have faith, there is hope. Without faith, there is no hope. People have hope today, but not all are putting their hope in God, which means they have a hope that is not biblical and it is a hope that will leave them disappointed.

Here are some examples from the Old Testament. May they encourage us today....

Jehoshaphat's hope in God
KJV 2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

David's lack of hope in God
KJV 1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

And Apostle Paul's hope in God
KJV 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Habbakuk's hope in God was with joy.
Habbakuk 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Is tomorrow seen by us? No, we are finite humans and cannot see tomorrow. We don't know about tomorrow, but we know who holds the future. Many things about tomorrow, we don't understand, but we know who holds our hand.

Here is one more illustration, one from our current day....

It is apparent that without Hope we would tend to become despondent and uncaring about ours and others lives. Our nation is in a crisis of Hope unlike anything I have ever seen in my lifetime. But I also know that God has a purpose in daily events and we are lacking in understanding and do not really need to know everything. The greatest Hope my wife and I have is in our Creator and His Son"s providing us a sure salvation and Hope of eternal life through the Love in Action that was displayed on the cross of Calvary. As the 23rd Psalm tell us, we walk through the "Valley of the shadow of Death". Laurel was able to attend services 2 weeks past which was a good experience for all of us. Bottom line is Eternal Death and separation need not be feared ever again and we both recognize that a temporal separation is only brief. We do have our "Earthly Moments" but God is faithful and provides relief even then. I go through various battles in my mind but they do not last and Joy comes again in time.... To summarize you may use this if it is worth using how you see fit and remember the main point is that for Gods children there is no eternal death as it has been conquered by our Lord and Saviour. Grace , Love and Peace from God our Father ," .......

Some years ago I asked a brother as to how I could pray for him, this is what he said: "Pray that I would trust in God who is unseen and that I would not fear the seen circumstances!"

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Shall we pray:
Dear Father, pray for these your people, and desire that they might be filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That they might walk worthy of You, Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of You, that they would be strengthened with all might, according to Your glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; We give thanks unto You, Father, which hath made us caused us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of your dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: May we all continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which we have heard..and may our joy in this hope of glory be increased day by day.

The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make his face to shine up you and be gracious to you,
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
In the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bound together by faith and hope for the future,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 08 Dec 2013 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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