THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 6-2-13
LESSON TITLE: “HOPE SAVES.”
Peter once proclaimed, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and holy nation, a peculiar people.” Are you one of God’s special children?
Good morning! Thank you for joining us today for God’s Living Word. I hope everyone had a great week, and I hope your weekend was a profitable one also. Now, here we are on another glorious Lord’s Day morning. What a wonderful opportunity we have again today to join together in the worship of our Redeemer. I hope you are ready to begin this new week with a day of service and offering to your God.
As always, it is our commitment through this program to proclaim the simple truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - which is confirmed for us in the Bible. I hope you all have your Bible’s handy and I hope you are ready to worship God together as we sing praises to His name and study from His wondrous word. Now let’s begin by talking to our Father in prayer!
At this time, we want to sing our first song of the morning. Won’t you all join in with the congregation at this time as we praise God together with the hymn, “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.”
(SONG # 1)
I think we sometimes forget just how unique and special we are as Creations of God. The Psalmist David certainly understood this as he wrote, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well,” Psalm 139:14. You see God has made us His wonderful creation through His marvelous works. No doubt this is why we all want to know God, show love to Him and follow His precepts.
This leads us to our text of the morning. We read earlier from the inspired words of Peter as he said, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and holy nation, a peculiar people.” Wow, how descriptive this verse is of just how glorious we are as the faithful in the sight of the Lord. Here we learn that as Christ church we are chosen by Him. What greater blessing could we have than being chosen by God personally to be a part of His family.
Next we see that we are referred to as a royal priesthood. How encouraging this is to us for it qualifies the faithful as the “priesthood.” Therefore we each have the privilege of approaching God’s throne ourselves, with no physical man who stands between us. Only Jesus Himself is the only mediator.
We also learn that as God is a holy God we must be a holy people. What else would we want if we truly love God, than to be like Him – holy.
Then the verse ends with the fact that we are a peculiar or special people of God. The fact is everything about God, His people and the Christian walk screams out with its uniqueness and peculiarity. So no doubt it is important that we understand these things fully, so we might be found pleasing in the sight of God.
Today we will continue our series of study from the statement of Jesus, “I Say These Things That You May Be Saved.” Our specific lesson today is entitled, “Hope Saves.” So please continue with us this day and after our next song we will be lead in this study from God’s Word.
To lead us in this study we are thankful to have Brother Brent Green with us today. Brother Brent is a full time instructor at the Bible Institute of Missouri. He also preaches for the HWY 13 Church of Christ in Bolivar. So please continue with us this morning and after our next song together, brother Brent will return with this lesson from God’s Word. It’s now time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “To Canaan’s Land I’m On My Way.”
(SONG # 2)
By Brent Green
What a privilege it is as it always is to open God’s word, to study from it, to find the things in this valuable book that remind us of things like salvation. As we begin this morning we want to go right to the text and as we turn to 1Thessalonians 5 we are reminded of what Paul tells the brethren here at Thessalonica. 1Thessalonians 5:8 says, “Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.” Much like Paul as he wrote to the Ephesians in Ephesians 6 reminding them to put on the whole armor of God. Why do we put on the armor of God? Why do we prepare ourselves with things like faith and love and here why would we prepare ourselves with hope? Well, as he says here in 1Thessalonians 5:8 it’s because the hope here is connected with salvation, the hope of salvation or a hope that saves. Biblical hope does just that. Unlike the hope of the Bible so often people of the world speak of hope but they use it in a different way. They don’t use it in the way that the Bible speaks of hope. Sometimes people might say well I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, but that type of statement expresses some type of doubt. Well, I don’t know if it’s going to rain tomorrow, I don’t know what tomorrow holds, maybe I could take a good guess at that but there is still some doubt there, there is still some uncertainty. Many times if you will think back to the days when you took tests in school you might say, ‘I hope I pass that test tomorrow!’ but maybe there is an element of doubt there, maybe you don’t know for sure if you will pass that test. So again there is some doubt there, but the Bible doesn’t use the word hope in that way. When the Bible speaks of hope it is talking about an assurance, a hope that is based upon fact, a certainty. So there is no doubt in Biblical faith and Biblical hope as we talked about it here. We are talking about a hope that brings salvation. There is no doubt in that salvation, there is no uncertainty, we are not wondering whether we have that salvation. But the hope of salvation that we are to put on is something that is certain. So as Christians we have got to be reminded of that hope of the scripture, a hope that saves.
If you will consider also what we have in other places. Books like Hebrews 6 remind us again of this Biblical hope that we are talking about. Hebrews 6:11 says, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” What does a Hebrews writer there say? The full assurance of hope! There is no doubt there is no uncertainty, when the Bible talks about hope and the hope of salvation it is spoken of in a certain way based upon fact and truth of principles that God has given.
Again as we look to the scripture we find a hope that saves us, a hope that is certainly to fulfill the promises that God has given to us. Even the book of Romans, Romans 5, is another place that we see in the scripture. This is a place that reminds us of just how great this hope is that we have, of how this hope again is connected to salvation, a hope that is not going to disappoint us in some way. Romans 5:1 it says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” There are a lot of things that we are faced wit in this life but if we persevere, we stick with the principles God has given, we overcome whatever comes our way, we have assurance and hope based on confidence in God’s word. We have hope that will not disappoint, a hope that is rooted and grounded in faith in God’s word, a hope that will lead us to that heavenly home. That is the type of hope that we are talking about a hope that saves, not a hope that doubts or a hope that is unsure, but a hope that saves. This is because we know we have full assurance in what God has said to us and what God has promised us in this life and in the life to come if we will live faithfully to Him.
So as we think about hope and salvation turn over a few chapters there to Romans 8. We again have a reminder of the great hope that the Bible speaks of. Romans 8:23 it says, “Not only that, but we ourselves also who have the first fruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for ht adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saves in this hope but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope fore what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Well, again Paul talks about hope just like he did back in Romans 5 again conveying to the brethren here in Rome at this time what it means to hope, and what it means to have a Biblical hope, what it means to think about a hope that saves. Specifically there in verse 24 he talks about the fact that we are saved in this hope; well what is this hope? Well, you back up there in verse 23 he talks about the fact that we are eagerly waiting for the adoption and there again he says the redemption of our body. You see the hope that saves is connected to the fact that we are redeemed. Here a hope of the Bible, a hope that saves is because of the redemption that we have in Jesus Christ. Throughout the New Testament we find different verses that remind us of what Christ is to us because of what He did in shedding His blood on the cross. He is our redemption, He saved us from our sins, and He redeemed us by paying that price with His own blood. So we have verses like 1Timothy 1:1 where there Jesus Christ is referred to as our hope. Also, there Colossians 1:27 there where Jesus is called the hope of glory. He is our hope, the hope of our glory. Without Him we could not have salvation, we could not have the hope of being redeemed from our sins and entering into that heavenly home one day; Jesus is our hope. Why is He our hope? Because He redeemed us. We have a hope that saves based on the scripture because of this redemptive blood of Jesus Christ.
Consider also what the Hebrew writer says in Hebrews 7, there as we find a lot of things dealing with better things here in the book of Hebrews. We find one of those better things actually is the better hope that we now have. Hebrews 7:19 says, “for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” The hope based upon Jesus Christ and His blood not that which was found in the Old Law but here the New Law put into effect with Christ’s blood draws us near to God. Meaning we were far off, we were lost, and now because of Jesus blood we have been brought near. What do we have because of that? A better hope. Almost identical to the same sentiments expressed again by Paul this time as he writes to the brethren there at Ephesus he again reminds them of the hope that they now have. The brethren there at Ephesus would fit that category of being Gentiles, they were not part of God’s chosen people of the Old Testament, they were not part of the common wealth of Israel, they were without God. He reminds them of what they were before Christ came. Ephesians 2:12 Paul says, “That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers fro the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Thanks be to God and praise be to God that we have the blood of Christ still today that we even as Gentiles and Jews also. You see no longer is there a separation between Jew and Gentile it is open to all men. But praise be to God for that very fact because what does the blood of Christ do as we just read it there in that scripture. Well, we like these in Ephesus once were afar off, we were lost in sin, we were without hope because we were without God. Yet Jesus Christ came to this earth shed His blood on the Cross offering to us salvation and what do we have? We have hope, a hope that saves, a hope that is built upon confidence and trust and God’s promises, a hope that will not disappoint, a hope that brings us near to God once again. What a great hope it is, a great hope that we find here in the scripture a hope that should reside in every single one of us as Christians every single day. Again, not the hope of the world, not a hope that has doubts or uncertainty, not a campaign slogan of hope, but a hope that brings us salvation. That hope should reside within us every single day of our lives as Christians. As we follow the way Jesus Christ, John 14:6. As we walk that narrow pathway, Matthew 7:14. What do we know? That we have a hope that brings us salvation.
You can consider also with me what Peter said in 1Peter 1:3. Early on in that short epistle Peter reminds the brethren again of the hope that we have as Christians. These brethren here at this time likely 1Peter written somewhere around A.D. 65 and the persecution of that time was very strong for both the Christians and others. What we see here is Peter giving to them a letter of hope. Well, look with me there at what he says in 1Peter 1:3 he says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ form the dead.” As we already talked about we were lost in sin, we were afar off, but because Jesus Christ shed His blood and even more than that as He was put into the grave but the grave didn’t keep Him or contain Him. Because of that very fact, because He shed His blood, because He resurrected from the dead what do we have today? We have a hope that we can do the very same thing. That not even death is the end for us but as we die to this world of sin, as we are buried with our savior in baptism, and as we rise out of that grave to walk in newness of life. Because we have the hope of the resurrection, even at resurrection to come in the last day, when the world comes to an end and we have that resurrection day those who die in faith have what, a hope that saves. Think about also what he says here in this verse, we have been begotten or born again as we just talked about unto what, a living hope. Not a dead hope, not a hope that is without promise, or a hope that is without any type of fulfillment, we have a hope that saves a living hope that should reside in us every single day of our lives.
If you will think about that great Biblical hope and consider the fact that we have a hope here that saves what should we then consider? Because we have this hope that saves therefore we as Christians should consider what type of things? Well, think about it for a moment that because we have a hope that saves we as Christians should hope for what the future holds. What are we looking forward too? Even as you go back to Romans 8:24, our hope is not in those things that we see otherwise it wouldn’t be hope. But we have a Biblical hope a hope based on promises and God’s word. We have that hope, what is it that we have a hope in? What is it that is unseen but we still have a hope in? Well, think about some of those things. We have a hope again in the resurrection, 1Corinthians 15 deals with that hope that we have to overcome the sting of death itself we have that hope. Think about also the fact that we have that hope for eternal life. That is another Biblical principle found in verses like 1John 2:25 that promise there of eternal life. We can’t see that but we have a great hope in that promise of God. Also we have that great promise of that heavenly habitation and we hope to receive that mansion prepared for us someday. How is it that we can hope in those things that are unseen? Because we have a hope that saves, a hope built upon the resurrection of Christ a hope built upon the redemptive blood of Christ. We have that type of hope in those things because of that very principle. Consider also if you will the fact that we are eagerly waiting as Christians for those things. Consider again what it says there in Romans 8:23 that we have already read, there is says, “Eagerly awaiting for the adoption.” Down there in verse 25 again it says, “we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Because we have a hope that saves. What are we longing for? What are we eagerly waiting for as God’s people, as Christians? Those very promises the resurrection, that Day of Judgment, that heavenly home, those mansions prepared for us. We are eagerly waiting those things. So often in this life children eagerly wait for certain times of the year for their birthday, for the holidays, they can’t wait to receive those gifts. What is the greatest gift we will ever receive as Christians? Salvation in this life, and the fulfillment of the great promise of that heavenly home, because we die in faith having lived a faithful life to God. All of that goes back to this principle of hope, we have a hope that saves, a hope that is rooted and grounded in the truth of God’s word and therefore we have to make sure we maintain that hope every single day of our lives. Maintain that hope that saves.
Many scriptures throughout the New Testament remind us that we should live in hope every single day, eagerly waiting those promises that God has given to us, making sure that we don’t doubt, that we don’t have some uncertainty in our hearts but we eagerly wait with this type of biblical hope for those promises to come. Every day of our lives should be characterized by that type of hope. There throughout the scriptures 1Corinthians 9:10 there is says that we should plow at hope, as we work in this life we should have what? We should have hope. Also there in Romans 12:12, we should rejoice in hope. There also Romans 15:13, that we should be those who abound in hope. We should live with this type of hope every single day of our lives. It should come forth from us, we should abound in it, we should have so much hope that others can see that hope in us. When the bad days come, when the trying days come, we can overcome them because we have what? We have hope. And again there in Romans 8:25 he speaks of that, we wait for it with perseverance. We endure, and that enables us to endure whatever comes our way and to daily maintain this hope in our lives. Because God’s hope has a great promise, it has a promise of salvation. Biblical hope saves and that is why we endure and overcome anything that will come our way. Remember the great hope of the Bible. Remember that, that type of hope saves and look to that hope.
(SONG # 3 - “To The Work”)
What a wondrous time we have had together in participating in the things of God. I hope we all have been encouraged through our time spent together. Please remember, you are invited to join us every Sunday morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this service of God.
Now let me ask if you have any questions or comments about today’s lesson? Maybe, you would like a free transcript or a free cassette tape of this program? Possibly, we could assist you with free Bible materials or free Bible correspondence courses? No matter what your need is, please contact us at the following address:
The Living Word
2540 N. Kansas Expressway
Springfield, Mo. 65803
Many of these materials are also available on our web site:
That address is: www.thelivingwordprogram.com
Or if you prefer, you may call us at:
Thanks be to God that we have the hope of salvation through His Perfect Son Jesus Christ. Have you responded to this hope from God with full obedience? If not, why not do so today!