Posted tagged ‘Hope’

Hope Loves Best to Live There Most

December 3, 2010

Thomas Brooks, in his amazingly encouraging book, Heaven on Earth, writes about the nature of the Christian hope.  He explains that the first property of our hope is that it “elevates and raises the heart to live above, where its treasure is.”  He adds:

This hope is from above, and it makes the heart to live above: it is a spark of glory, and it leads the heart to live in glory.  Divine hope carries a man to heaven,
for life to quicken him,
for wisdom to direct him,
for power to uphold him,
for righteousness to justify him,
for holiness to sanctify him,
for mercy to forgive him,
for assurance to rejoice him,
and for happiness to crown him.
Divine hope takes in the pleasures of heaven beforehand; it lives in the joyful expectation of them.  It fancies to itself, as I may say, the pleasures and joys of eternity, and lives in a sweet anticipation of what it possesses by faith. Hope’s richest treasures, choicest friends, chiefest delights, and sweetest contents are in the country above; and therefore hope loves best to live there most.

Meditate on that today and see this divine hope elevate your heart heavenward!

Two Ways to Hope

April 3, 2010

The Apostle Paul makes a staggering conclusion about his life when he said, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19).

I don’t think we can begin to discover all that means.  At the very least, for Paul, the resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything.  Unlike all other realities that are singed with death and come with expiration dates, Paul came to experience a “living hope”.  Peter puts it this way:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3).

The purpose for which we have been born again is that we might have a living hope.  This hope is accessed “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” and given to us by him who “caused us to be born again.”  Inasmuch Christ is alive from the dead, so are we to know the lively nature of our confidence and settled assurance in the God who saves us.  When we experience the power of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10-11), we are having our hearts thrilled in all that Christ is for us beyond the grave.  Because Jesus is more than what this life can offer and better than what death can take later, we should treasure Him as the source of true, abiding, and everlasting hope.