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“The Hope That Is In You”

by Al Parr
January 4, 2015
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"Why do you go to church?” Are you happy to answer - or does the question make you nervous? Peter wrote, “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you" (1st Peter 3:15). Are you ready to answer?

What hope is in you? Paul wrote to the church “that you might know what is the hope of his calling’' (Ephesians 1:18). He made it clear that all "are called in one hope" (Ephesians 4:4). Children "hope" for every shiny trinket, and all the latest gadgets, but the true hope which Jesus gives (Colossians 1:23) is eternal life in Heaven with God and all the righteous (Acts 23:6; Titus 1:2; 3:7).

Many do not have this hope (lst Thessalonians 4:13). Others "hope" for it like children wishing for their toys, with no confidence of actually receiving. The hope which the gospel offers is not a dream, a wish or a want; it is certain knowledge that the promise made will be kept. It is secured only in Christ (Ephesians 2:12; Colossians 1:5, 27). We might ask how to get "into Christ." God has answered twice: Romans 6:3 (“so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death"), and Galatians 3:27 ("as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ"). People baptized for other reasons have other results.

Do you have hope of God? Are you in Christ? You first need to know that God is (Hebrews 11:6), that Jesus is His Son, the Christ (John 20:30-31), that all spiritual blessings from Heaven are in Jesus (Ephesians 1:3), and that to receive these blessings you must believe that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 16:31), repent from your sins (Acts 2:38), confess Christ (Acts 8:37) and be baptized into Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:27).