THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE…THE REALITY
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. TITUS2; 12-13.
We all have heard about the people in this present world who have brilliant ideas of making companies and business in order to be successful and the said people have always heard dreams of becoming the most richest people on this present world and with that in mind they have hiked their hopes in becoming the richest even when they have not done the necessity in life.
Imagine many people have always boasted in front of their husbands, wives and friends of how much they would acquire riches through their ideas, but as time goes on the hopes are shuttered because the same people did not have the requirements to realize their hope for becoming the richest. What a disappointment in life, others have had the hope of becoming the presidents in their lives before they die but eventually they die without becoming one and their hope is taken into the drainage system and they die even in a distorted view simply they did not attain the required papers to enable them realize that hope.
Hope is normally the most important thing people would ride on in order to do the necessity in the process to bring that hope into reality and normally people have failed that part of necessity to bring hope nearer into reality.
Looking at the present world, almost every Christian you would meet will have a hope of eternal life which is not bad at all and every ones believes that he will reach heaven faster than anyone in question, if you looked at Born Again Christians , Seventh day Adventists , Catholics, Moslems, Protestants, the Mormons, orthodox and many more, all of them if you found them and had a discussion they will definitely tell they are working for heaven and they have hope that they will inherit eternal life.
In the above subject of Hope I will tackle what hope means and what makes hope come true especially in regards to eternal life because as per now everyone thinks is qualified to enter heaven including the Moslems and the Catholics plus all the religions that have been established by different philosophers of this generation. What the devil has done is to make sure that people are really hopeful of eternal life but in ignorance and many Christians are under a trap of false hope of eternal life even when they do not have the required to inherit eternal life. This has been done through false teachers, false pastors, false prophets who promise their pews or congregation assuring them to reach eternal life but the Christians in question may lack the fundamental requirements for Heaven and this makes it a false hope of eternal life.
There is something Paul wrote in regards to blessed hope while waiting for it, there are some things that must be done in order to wait for the glorious day of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. TITUS2; 12-13.
The grace of God has appeared to the world from God to all people in order to save people. However this grace must teach us how do deny worldly passions, ungodliness and live a self-controlled life in the present age while we wait for the blessed Hope. The blessed Hope Paul was talking about is the eternal life which will come after we have heard victory over the world. But this hope is brought nearer as we continue to deny the world and its passions, which means that if you are still taken by the worldly passions in this present world you can’t hope for the blessed eternal life because you are still under captivity of the world so the hope will not be realized when its day has fully come in order to become a reality. The hope will be very far away from you as long as you are still living ungodly life without self-control because you lack the requirements for the blessed hope. Imagine yourself in a state where you have no money and the only hope is your brother a broad and he wants to send you money. The hope would be that you are expecting money but as long as you do not have the requirements to receive that money it will be a false hope and this hope will not be realized because even if your brother sent you the money, you would not pick it since you have no passport, and other requirements needed to complete that transfer in question. That’s the same way how people will be disappointed in this present world in hope for eternal life. They will keep jumping from church to church thinking they will enter heaven yet in reality it’s not, many Christians are not doing the necessary requirements for heaven and yet they hope for eternal life and they have much hope over the issue its too absurd isn’t it?
But imagine you had all the requirements needed in completion of money transfer you are able to receive your money and this realizes the hope you had. Requirements always bring the hope near and come true when you possess them. The more you fulfill the requirements the nearer the hope of getting what you expected.
So eternal life is a hope for all Christians who have believed in Jesus Christ and that all have been regenerated, but if someone is not born again he has no hope for eternal life.
We all hope for eternal life but there is a huge mystery behind this hope of eternal life, they are many requirements that need to be acquired in our lives in order to realize this hope of eternal life.
And one of the first requirement is Faith in Christ Jesus;
But Faith has also parts that we may need to know about.
Faith is certainty;
“For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from this body and to live with the Lord. 2corrinthians5; 7-8…”
The bible tells us to have faith in Jesus Christ and believe in Jesus as the savior and Lord but recently I discovered that most Christians have misguided faith in Jesus and they are only filled with desire and expectation which is very wrong and in most cases it leads to disappointment after people had expected may be God would answer them through Christ Jesus and after they fall into judging God for disappointing them yet the underlying idea behind their disappointment is mis-guided Faith
Therefore Faith is not a desire or an expectation according to the Holy Scriptures
Faith is the substance of the things that we hope for that cannot be seen with our physical eyes. In other words Faith is the evidence or proof of things that we cannot see. Hebrews11; 1-3. Most Christians normally mistake the desire inside them and mistake it to be faith after a long period of time of waiting the desire gets out and these Christians give up hoping from God because of the desire that was in them and they will be disappointed. In most cases the most Christians who are seeking for miracles that are fast have desire not Faith in Christ, a person who has faith has evidence in his or her heart that God will work for her or him any period or appointed time knowing that God is Faithful.
The bible tells us like in this the scriptures;
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2corrinthians4; 16-18.
Now we are advised to fix the eyes on things that are not seen because they are permanent, why do you think we should fix our eyes on things that are unseen its because we see them by Faith, this is being connected to the spiritual dimension of the Holy Spirit, if we live by Faith then we shall not mind about what happens to our mortal bodies knowing that we are renewed day by day and that is the evidence we have in the heart so call that Faith because things that are not seen with physical can be viewed only having Faith, we believe in our hearts that there is another heavenly place that we shall live after our earthly life and this can be taken by having Faith so. In this we do not care what happens to us to our daily lives whether we sleep hungry or not because we have Faith that we shall reach a safe place where we will have peace for eternity. What then? Shall we say we shall only sit and wait because we have faith? Of course not, Faith is seen in two parts.
Faith has two part folds, that is
It begins with a belief in the heart and then
An action will follow and that is what we call Faith, in this case Faith is certainty deep in our being that God will fulfill what he has promised. So we don’t mind about the troubles and obstacles we face before our faces and our lives in existence.
Therefore Faith is certainty in the heart but it will require some actions to make it real, in other words it will need a work to make to reveal its certainty. For example Having Faith is believing in the heart and confession or a good work or an action will be justify the Faith you have in Jesus Christ.
Taking example of our patriarchs in the bible we shall learn Faith more so that we live with that True Faith that God wants not our mis-guided Faith.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews11; 3. Now the confidence we have in the heart is Faith that God made this visible world out of invisible world that is the Spiritual world and that means to access the invisible world you must believe in God and then action you will make is accept his son Jesus Christ as Lord and savior so that you will be connected to the invisible world. In most cases many Christians want to deceive they have Faith in God but their actions deny them that they do not have Faith.Titus1:16
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews11;4, By Faith we see Abel being approved by God, this was justified by his action or the deed that he did before God, Abel understood that if I offer a better sacrifice I would appreciate the blessing of God that was upon me, and in that he believed that even if he offered the best sacrifice God would increase him the more and therefore Abel was sure God was a rewarder of all things and he would not offer in vain before God, that action or the sacrifice he offered before justified his Faith in the heart, in other words what he did justified that he had in the heart towards God. By the sacrifice of Abel we learn that to have Faith is giving your whole heart towards God that he will protect the heart without disappointment and this will be accompanied by our godly action that will prove we have trusted in God’s instructions and his teachings and commandments. Sacrifice was a godly action made by Abel towards God and this justified his Faith towards God.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews11; 7. When you look at Noah he was also approved by God for his Faith towards God, Noah when warned about things not yet seen and that was the destroying the first world, Noah believed God and made an ark, now that was total obedience from Noah towards God, because it showed he believed God’s promise and it demonstrated that God is Not a liar when says something he is able to do it and that pleased God, what was the Faith of Noah?
The Faith of Noah was the obedience he took to build an ark that he would survive the first world demolition and so Noah did not doubt God. The action of making an ark and the sacrifice of time Noah took to make an ark justified his Faith towards God even though he did not wait to first demolition to believe God. The other people who saw Noah building an ark were Faithless and they did not believe and eventually they were wiped out with great rain. So what does this mean, that Faith is obedience towards doing what God has commanded us to do and if we do it with Love then our actions of obedience towards God will justify our Faith in Jesus Christ.
Hope is perceived by Faith, in other words Hope is brought near by having Faith and without Faith you cannot realize the Hope of eternal life.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans8; 18-25.
Paul speaks of hope that when it’s seen then it no longer qualifies to be hope. This means that we have to perceive this eternal hope with Faith and when go through sufferings of this present world we should not lose hope instead we are bringing the hope nearer. But if anyone has not gone to the steps of the sufferings for the gospel how can he hope for eternal life?
The hope eternal life has its necessity and requirements in order to realize it, and another requirement for the Eternal life Hope is Regeneration, when Christians realize regeneration in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, they bring the blessed hope of eternal life nearer.
Many Christians have received the mercy of God and his grace to receive salvation through Christ and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. However the behavior of these Christians living in this modern era only reveal that Jesus Christ died in vain, they do not show regeneration of the Holy Spirit in their lives and this has kept many outside wondering whether Born Agains today are really saved. Surprisingly the Christians who profess to say they are saved are not regenerated by the Holy Spirit because their human nature and sinful nature reveals so. They have undermined the mercy of God continue in the lives of their former behavior which deserves all the consequences of sin punishment. And this kind of life experience and behavior shutters the blessed hope for such Christians
According to the word regeneration and its meaning, it’s a Spiritual transformation from human nature to godly nature that you may conform to the image of the son. After the fall of man we all became corrupted in human nature and by human nature we are sinners and were alienated from the Kingdom of God and of Christ hence we were strangers in the house of God. By that Gods mercy and by his Grace we have been brought to the great mystery of Christ’s Salvation that we may obtain forgiveness and be regenerated in the Spirit, in the heart, in the mind, in the behavior, in the soul, character and personality and the attitude by the power of the Holy Spirit to conform into the image of the first born.
This subjective change worked in one’s soul by the grace of God is variously designated in Scripture as a new birth, a resurrection, a new life, a new creature, a renewing of the mind, a dying to sin and living to righteousness, a translation from darkness to light.
Regeneration is the “birth” by which this work of new creation is begun, as sanctification is the “growth” whereby it continues (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18). Regeneration in Christ changes the disposition from lawless, Godless self-seeking (Rom. 3:9-18; 8:7) which dominates man in Adam into one of trust and love, of repentance for past rebelliousness and unbelief, and loving compliance with God’s law henceforth. It enlightens the blinded mind to discern spiritual realities (1 Cor. 2:14-15; 2 Cor. 4:6; Col. 3:10), and liberates and energizes the enslaved will for free obedience to God (Rom. 6:14, 17-22; Phil. 2:13).
The Must of Regeneration It was not to a social outcast, criminal or drunkard, but to a religious, law-abiding man that Christ addressed the command, “Ye must be born again.” Some persons who possess a certain moral goodness and are therefore self-righteous, do not realize any need of regeneration. They feel that only drunkard, thieves, murderers, harlots, dope addicts, and the like need to be born again. A woman, whose parents were missionaries to India, told me that she did not need to be born again because she was born right the first time and simply needed to continue being good. This is far from the truth. The necessity of regeneration for all men grew out of the depravity of man’s nature. The natural man is “dead in trespasses and sins . . . alienated from the life of God” (Ephesians 2:1; 4:18) because his iniquities have separated him from God (Isaiah 59:2). The need for being regenerated is universal. “There is none righteous, no, not one . . . For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23). “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:2, 3). “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The best thing God can do for man is to bring him to knowledge of his sin so that he will realize his need of being regenerated. Our Lord left no doubt as to the indispensable necessity of the new birth as a pre-requisite to entrance into the Kingdom of God.
Heaven may be reached without education, wealth or worldly acclaim, but it will not be inhabited by those who have not been regenerated. It has been said that George Whitfield preached more than three hundred times using John 3:3-7 as his text. When asked why he preached so frequently from these verses, he replied solemnly, “Because ye must be born again.” This is a Divine imperative. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh” (John 3:6), and “they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8), because in the flesh “dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). Man’s sinfulness and God’s holiness are opposed to each other so that regeneration is an absolute necessity. Inasmuch as our Lord said, “Ye must be born again,” you better believe it!
The Means of Regeneration is the implantation of a new life. The theory known as Spontaneous Generation, that is that life can spring into being of itself is no longer believed by modern day scientists. The evolutionary theory holds that life must come from pre-existing life, but it is at a loss to know where life begins. The basic error of false systems of theology, philosophy and science is the failure to accept the most sublime and comprehensive statement in human language which introduces us to the greatest revelation of truth ever given to mankind. The opening statement in the Bible says, “In the beginning God created. . .” (Genesis 1:1). Here we learn that God is the Source and Cause of all things. Life begins with God. Neither the universe nor anything in it is self-originated. God stands at the commencement of all life. God is life. Man in his original state was the perfect work of God. But man has fallen. His willful sin brought death, both physical and spiritual, so that in his fallen, sinful state he is “alienated from the life of God” (Ephesians 4:18). God is the Source of the new life which is communicated to the believing sinner. Man is unable to impart Divine life, therefore he has no part in the New Birth. All Christian parents would bestow eternal life on their offspring if they could, but they cannot. A man is born again. “not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Since only God possesses creative power, He alone can impart life where there is no life. But by what means does God produce the miracle of the New Birth? Our Lord said to Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). We have already stated that it is erroneous to assume that one is born again at the time of his being baptized with water. The “water” in this verse does not refer to baptism. But what did our Lord mean by being “born of water”? Whenever we come to a verse in the Bible, such as this one, about which there is disagreement and difference of interpretation, we must be patient and prayerful in our pursuit of other Bible passages which shed light on the subject under discussion. There are occasions in the Scripture where the word “water” is used symbolically, and then the symbolism is not always the same. The following passage teaches that water is sometimes a symbol of the Holy Spirit–“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit . . . ” (John 7:37-39). It would appear that when water is used symbolically of the Holy Spirit, it is in connection with drinking purposes.
Water is also used in the Bible as an emblem of the Word of God, and the anointing of God and in such uses it is associated with cleansing or washing, not drinking. Baptism does not avail to cleanse the heart from defilement, but our Lord did say, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3). Is Christ speaking of the water of the word in John 3:5? Let us turn to the Scriptures for the answer. In the second most important passage on the means of Regeneration, we find our answer. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, but the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (I Peter 1:23). Here Peter speaks of the use made of the Word of God in Regeneration. The Word of God is the means by which the Holy Spirit accomplishes the New Birth. Here Peter is saying the same as Jesus said in John 3:5.
This is understood more clearly when we realize that the Word of God is both living and life-producing. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The living word came from the living God, and it has power to impart life to all who believe it. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). And if you are wondering how the Word of God quickens faith, the answer is, By imparting knowledge. Knowledge precedes faith, because faith always has an object. The Word of God presents to us the fact of our sin and condemnation, that without Christ we are without a Saviour and with no hope. The Word of God shows us that the Son of God came into the world to bear the sinner’s judgment through His substitutionary death for the sinner (Matthew 20:28; Luke 19:10; I Corinthians 15:3, 4). The Word of God assures us that all one needs in order to pass from death to life is to believe the facts and receive the Saviour. Our Lord Himself said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). So you see that without the Word of God a man cannot be regenerated, or born again. This is why people are not being born again in churches where the Word of God is not preached and taught.
The Holy Scriptures are both living and life-producing. The Apostle James attributes the sovereign work of God in regeneration to the living Word of God. He writes, “Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth” (James 1:18). Our Lord said, “The words that I speak unto you . . . they are life” (John 6:63). “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3). He prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The Psalmist wrote, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according the Thy Word” (Psalm 119:9). These passages of Scripture all lend support to the fact that God’s Word is the Divine means used in the regeneration of sinners, and that the “water” in John 3:5 is used as a symbol of the Word of God. In further support of the water-Word interpretation of John 3:5, the Apostle Paul wrote how Christ sanctifies and cleanses His church “with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). God the Father is the Author of regeneration and His Word the means. However, our Lord said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). The Holy Spirit is the active Agent in regeneration. Just as there must be the human agent in a human birth, so there must be the Divine Agent in the new birth from above. When we came into the world by means of our physical birth, we were born of corruptible (or perishable, dying) seed, because two human parents can beget a child only in their own likeness. Through natural birth they pass on to their offspring their own nature and likeness. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh” (John 3:6).
But on the other hand, “that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begets new life, Divine life, so that we are said to become “partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4). The New Birth is brought to pass through “incorruptible seed, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (I Peter 1:23), but the Holy Spirit is the Agent who accomplishes the miracle of regeneration.
The Holy Spirit was active in the generation of the physical universe. We read, “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). The Holy Spirit was the active Agent in the creation of man. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4).
The Holy Spirit was the active Agent in the conception and birth of Jesus Christ. “. . . Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:20). “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favor with God . . . The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:30, 35).
From the above passages it is clear that the act of imparting life has been the Holy Spirit’s work from the beginning. Regeneration is in a sense a repetition of that which took place in the first man, Adam; however, the processes are different. Adam, in his original state, was created with the gift of life; this was the implantation of life through the creative process. Today God is implanting spiritual life to believing sinners through the redemptive process. In both instances the Holy Spirit is the Agent.
To be “born of water and of the Spirit” is to be regenerated by means of the Word of God and by the active Agency of the Spirit of God. It is not by the Word of God alone that a man is regenerated, but by the Word and the Holy Spirit, “by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
The Mystery of Regeneration That there is something incomprehensible about Regeneration no one can deny. While God did tell us some things about the New Birth, the Scriptures are clear also that as far as man is concerned, there are certain limitations in understanding fully this inexplicable phenomenon. The scholarly Nicodemus, to whom our Lord expounded the New Birth, could not fully understand it. “Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be?” (John 3:9).
Our Lord admitted that to the natural mind there is mystery attached to this mighty subject. He said, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). The best trained meteorologists with the latest scientific radar equipment will admit a certain enigma in the movement of the winds. With their finest instruments and technological knowledge they cannot always perceive the current of the air masses. And even when man does know the directions of the wind, he is unable to regulate or control its power. The wind is an invisible and mysterious force; yet its effects are plainly evident. Its unseen power lies beyond the reach of our vision and understanding the wind is sovereign in its movements and silent as to its mystery. It blows where it pleases, and it is invisible, inscrutable, irresistible and inexplicable. The analogy of the movements of the wind to the Spirit’s operation in Regeneration is clear.
In connection with the mystery of the New Birth, there is a verse of Scripture which speaks of the mystery of another Birth. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh . . .” (I Timothy 3:16). This verse is speaking of the Incarnation of God the eternal Son, His miraculous conception in the virgin’s womb. What a theme! He existed in spirit form eternally before the world was, and still He was born an infant babe, of a woman, having no human father. “God was manifest in the flesh.” What man has understood or explained it? Paul says it is a “mystery,” inscrutable and inexplicable. Christ’s coming into the world was a supernatural event, both the fact and the manner of His coming being a mystery to man. That He came to earth none can deny, but any biological explanation remains a mystery. It is “without controversy,” that is, beyond all question and doubt.
Any Christian hoping for eternal life must be regenerated and this would have given him or a new hope;
The doctrine of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit is a glorious doctrine. It sweeps away false hopes. It comes to the one who is trusting in education and culture and says, “Education and culture are not enough. You must be born again.”
It comes to the one who is trusting in mere external morality, and says, “External morality is not enough, you must be born again.” It comes to the one who is trusting in the externalities of religion, in going to church, reading the Bible, saying prayers, being confirmed, being baptized, partaking of the Lord’s supper, and says, “The mere externalities of religion are not enough, you must be born again.”
It comes to the one who is trusting in turning over a new leaf, in outward reform, in quitting his meanness; it says, “Outward reform, quitting your meanness is not enough. You must be born again.” But in place of the vague and shallow hopes that it sweeps away, it brings in a new hope, a good hope, a blessed hope, a glorious hope. It says, “You may be born again.” It comes to the one who has no desire higher than the desire for things animal or selfish or worldly and says, “You may become a partaker of the Divine nature, and love the things that God loves and hate the things that God hates. You may become like Jesus Christ. You may be born again.”
Therefore anyone without being regenerated cannot enter the eternal life and many of the Christians have availed themselves the favor of being eternal life inheritors but in reality they have not been regenerated which will disappoint them at the second coming of Jesus Christ or even they die before his coming. The hope of eternal life is taken by Faith, and this means one to have Faith Jesus Christ must bear his Image and this is Holiness and righteousness.
Another requirement for the Blessed Hope that brings nearer the eternal life. Is
Holiness is living a life that is blameless before God and that life should be standing in the Glory of God and bringing God glory and honor that’s in Spirit, soul and Body. Holiness is perpetual righteousness, holiness is continuous righteousness, doing righteousness and righteousness is Holiness, so this means it proceeds from God through Christ Jesus, being righteous is doing the mind of God, that is keeping the standard life of God, we can’t bring our righteousness because we failed through Adam but through Jesus Christ we obtain this righteousness that is perpetual to bring holiness, this means holiness doesn’t stop. We cannot say that now we have reached its perfection.
Due to the fact that we are born in sin so many things were affected in us so our ways became crooked and it corrupted our minds, our spirit, our behavior, our attitude, our body, our soul and this needs to be regenerated to have a mind of God and of Christ and this can be done by the Holy Spirit of God who transforms us for better renewal of our mind, soul, attitude, behavior, our spirit, body and soul towards God. There are some things God wants us to do as his holiness that comes out of the righteousness he has established because by the righteousness of God we are sustained in salvation and be perfected and we are to pray and he hears our prayers and answers them.
Payment of tithes is an act of righteousness of God, reading the word of God is an act of righteousness of God, Perpetual repentance is an act of righteousness, dressing properly and modesty according to the word of God is an act of righteousness, loving one another is another act of righteousness, forgiveness to others is also another aspect of righteousness, doing the will of God is the righteousness, now there are many things in us that make us unrighteous even the act of behavior that is corrupted is unrighteous before God, so anything that comes against the will of God is unrighteous acts, so unrighteousness lead to unholiness, and doing righteousness of God perpetually is holiness because we would be doing the will of God. So being disobedient to God’s instructions is sin that makes unholy before God, not practicing the word is unholiness and we are not purified.
So we need the Holy Spirit to regenerate us from all impurities, unholiness unrighteousness that we may in the same mind with God. There are many things that we do that may bring unholiness what we may not know, that’s why need to focus on Jesus Christ to release his spirit to work in us and remove every kind of hidden impurities in that we match his standard of living
Thought the scriptures we have seen the scriptures pointing out How God is Holy and we should be Holy as he is Holy, we shall also be looking at the scriptures that call us for Holiness and righteousness.
The way that we as Disciples of Christ take is called the Highway of Holiness, and the unclean will not travel on it. “A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it.” (Isaiah35:8). Jesus said that He Himself is the Way.
We are to serve the Lord Jesus in holiness. “To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.” (Luke 1:74-75)
We are to conduct ourselves in the world in holiness. “For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.” (2Corrinthians 1:12)
By serving God in holiness and righteousness we make bridge the gap that is between us for eternal life. In other words we bring this glorious hope of eternal life nearer to our end at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ since it’s one of the required to wait in eagerly hope with patience. There is no Christian who will hope for eternal life without the requirements needed for the eternal life.
Some say by grace we shall be there and that is very much true and reality if you have done the requirements needed for eternal life. Grace teaches us how to deny the ungodly, the worldly desires and makes us possess the self-controlled life, godliness, do repentance.
If we mis use the grace granted to us through mercy of God we cannot inherit the blessed hope of eternal life.
All Christians should know that Grace has appeared to teach us how to listen to God, how to obey God, and how to do what we think is not possible. Grace breaks power of sin and gives a new age of hope in establishing what we had failed to do initially.
It is not merely a matter of talking the talk, but of walking the walk.
Grace is not a whitewashing of sin by His blood. Grace is an utter eradication of sin. A holy God cannot countenance sin in any measure or degree. Sin is sin. God is a holy God:
“Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord; looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of bitterness springing up disturb you, and by it many are defiled, (lest there be any fornicator, or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright)” (Hebrews 12:14-16 MKJV).
“Therefore be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48 MKJV).
“Therefore, beloved, looking for these things, be diligent, spotless, and without blemish, to be found by Him in peace” (2 Peter 3:14 MKJV).
There are those who think to avail themselves of God’s favor by simply knowing and saying the right things. They do not consider that the righteous life that they find impossible to live is required of them. It is not merely a matter of talking the talk, but of walking the walk:
“For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV).
“Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. But become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man studying his natural face in a mirror. For he studied himself and went his way, and immediately he forgot what he was like. But whoever looks into the perfect Law of liberty and continues in it, he is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work. This one shall be blessed in his doing” (James 1:21-25 MKJV).
Do these Scriptures not make it clear that there must not be mere church membership and attendance, Bible study, prayer, fasting, witnessing, tithing and other religious activities, but a change of heart, an inner transformation, a deliverance from the power of sin?
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that outwardly in flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart; in spirit and not in letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God” (Romans 2:28-29 MKJV).
Many do all the religious works I have mentioned, but have never experienced the grace of God. They are as those hanging apples on a poplar tree to show that they are fruitful for God. They work to prove they have grace, not realizing they trample on the blood of Christ shed for them.
Men do as they please without grace. Those in grace please God.
That is why the bible says:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians4:4-6.
As you can see in the scripture there is one hope and that is the hope of salvation for eternal life that Paul is talking about. That hope only to those who have overcome the world and they must have attained the requirements of eternal life. That is Faith in Christ Jesus, Regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Holiness and righteousness, genuine repentance.
In conclusion, the hope for salvation is not taken in words, rather it’s walking the talk by doing what God requires of us to do in order to realize this blessed hope of eternal life.
Therefore eternal life will be far from un repentant born again Christians, the Moslems, the Catholics, the Protestants, orthodox, and all religions because they do not possess the requirements as they have been listed above.
Therefore I charge you in the sight of God that God may give you much abundant grace to escape his coming wrath by doing the will of God to realize this glorious hope of eternal life.
I remain Asher Namanya the Lord’s servant Christ Jesus and Our God Almighty through working of the Holy Spirit. May he be blessed forever and ever. Amen. Peace be with you all.