If we carefully read 1 John 3:1-3 we learn that everyone “in Christ” has “this hope” inside. Everyone. Not the fakers. Not those without Christ. But we do.
This Hope we have
The hope we have is — salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus. Our hope is…
In verse 1 “that we would [be permitted to] be named
and called and counted
the children of God!
And so we are!”
– Verse 1 of 1 John 3:1-3
What this Hope does:
1 John 3:1-3
verse 3 And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).
According to John, it is “a given” that if we genuinely have this hope within us, we will be actively cooperating with the Spirit of God to become purified “just as He is pure”.
Are you cooperating? Or are you not, really? This is one of those easy ways to easily “examine yourselves” as Paul says to do in 2 Corinthians 13:5.
See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory].
3 And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).
If you do not have this hope in Christ
You can choose to accept Christ and be born again (spiritually).
Quote by Elisabeth Elliot:
“If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than dwelling on the faithfulness, the love, and the mercy of God, then you’re likely to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Our feelings are very fleeting and ephemeral, aren’t they? We can’t depend on them for five minutes at a time. But dwelling on the love, faithfulness, and mercy of God is always safe.”
– Elisabeth Elliot; Source: De9Slceombe4mr nf0u9188,f8hm 201rd7 on Facebook for Elisabeth Elliot Quotes; [*Elliot apparently uses a phrase from a children’s book published entitled, “Alexander & his horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day.”]
Exult and Rejoice from Morning and Evening,
written by C. H. Spurgeon; revised and updated by Alistair Begg at truthforlife.org
Romans 8:25-28. Hope in Christ
The non-stop work of God inside you and me
Flesh and blood absolutely cannot inherit the Kingdom of God
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The message of salvation spoken by Jesus to Paul
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