“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).
For Christians, their futures have been guaranteed in Christ, so that they never need fear death and beyond any longer. Their lives are now “hid in Christ” (Colossians 3:3). They look to:
“To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).
While we experience many present blessings, we must also look beyond this life to the rich inheritance that awaits us. We pass, as the verse above describes, from death to life, all in a moment. Similarly, at Christ’s return, we will discard this dying body and assume a new one, all in a moment:
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).
At that time, God will banish all tears from our eyes, and all sorrow (Revelation 21:4). Indeed He will make all things new (Revelation 21:5) and usher us into eternal bliss, never more to suffer.
While these verses speak of future blessings, they serve a present purpose. They cause us to long for that day, but also to labor for eternal values. Peter points us in this direction when he directs us where to place our hope:
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
When we sink our feet too deeply into this world, disappointment soon follows. At best, this world can only offer us temporary hope. But God promises us wonderful blessings in the future as we await His return, blessings that cannot be stolen or taken from us (Matthew 6:19-21). Remember, the God who promised these things cannot lie (Titus 1:2). We can place our faith in Him and trust in His rich and precious promises. In fact, we can bank our life on it.
Posted on Fri, October 28, 2016
by Sam Petitfils