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July 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Powerful Insights into Genesis:The Heavenly Hope!


Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

These words are some of the most touching words in the Bible because they reveal to us the heart of God.  In the beginning, when God began His creative act it was Heaven that was first in line. Though God would create man on the earth, he first took the time to fashion man’s final abode. This verse reflects the beautiful, unfailing love of God.
 
In the world we quite often face things that pull us down, making our lives miserable and force us to fear for our future. But in the end we must realize that God prepared that perfect place for us even before this place of suffering called ‘Earth’ was created. As children of God we possess one of the most wonderful rights the world can never receive. It’s the fundamental right called ‘Hope’. It’s such a strong weapon that can seriously damage the advances of Satan, yet it’s so underutilized by God’s children. Quite amazingly, God mentioned His plan right in the beginning of the Bible to let us know that there is and there will always be a place that is prepared for us. This great thought helps us to realize important truths:

The Hope of the presence of God: It is one of those things that we cannot discount in our walk on this earth. People of this world grope in the darkness not knowing the next step in their journey. But the Christian guided by this hope knows that the floodgates will soon open and he will be in the presence of God. John rested his hope in the words that Jesus spoke in John 14:3 saying,” I’ll come back and take you with me .For where I am there you should be too.” Paul’s comforting words in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 should inspire our hope that, “we will always be with the Lord”.

The Hope of the Glory of God: Paul longed to speak about this great mystery saying, “to them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). There will come a day when we will no longer be the same. This earth may rend us of a lot of things but in end we will be clothed by the glory of God himself. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, "Now we see through a glass dimly, but then face to face." Paul’s desire to see the face of God is fueled by a great hope that rests peacefully in his heart. While here on earth we are constantly being changed from glory to glory. But on that day in heaven we will gain the complete fullness of that glory.  

The Hope of the Power of God: In I John 3:2 the aged Apostle John was confident that some day we will see Him as He really is. In this world we see and experience the power of God in bits and pieces, but when we get to the place He has prepared for us His magnificence will be revealed unhindered and yet surprisingly we will stand there unharmed. It is a deep yearning for a Christian to know the extent of God’s power. He will know it when he finally gets home. What a privilege!

Coming from India, a land where 300 million gods and goddesses are worshipped by over 900 million people, I continue to be amazed by this hope that has gripped my heart. For an Indian Hindu, the power of his god is something to be feared all his life. But for us we long to experience this power through Jesus Christ our Lord. The glory of God is something that a Hindu can never experience because he is taught all his life that God is so far away that the hindu will never be able to reach him in many births. 1 Peter 1:3 rightly points out that God, “in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” One death of Jesus settled the deal for us for all eternity. What a difference Christ makes in our lives! It’s easy to be discouraged by the pressures of life. But as Christians, may our hope flourish as we continue in our journey toward heaven. Amen

 



Comments

07-10-2014 at 2:22 PM
Kelly Daugherty
I feel sad for people who do not know Jesus Christ. I have hope in my life and I have a promise from the Lord that I will be with Him one day. This makes life much better. I cannot imagine living without Him.
07-10-2014 at 1:56 PM
Cecil holcomb
another enlightening truth
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