11/15/1998 6:00 PM
I Corinthians 15:12-22
The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. He was here showing them the inconsistency of a Christian not believing in the resurrection. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." If all we have is in this life, there is so little. Life is short and goes pretty fast, how little there would be to hope for if this was all. The resurrection gives us hope beyond this life.
Everyone that seeth... and believeth, will be raised up in that last day. It goes beyond leaving someone behind to remember you. You don't have to worry about being forgotten in that last day.
I Peter 1:3, 4
"He hath begotten us to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." We can hope because of what God did there. We've got reservations in heaven.
We wait for the redemption of our body; a body that won't wear out. If you've got EVERYTHING - what else is there to hope for. Heaven is that which we look forward to.
God promised we have a heaven to look forward to - and it is impossible for God to lie. However things might go here - there is a hope of that which is ahead. Hope is the anchor of the soul - it's built on Jesus. Our confidence is centered in him.
Grace of God brings salvation and is there for each one. It teaches us to live godly here and look forward to heaven and being eternally in the presence of God. Live soberly, righteously and godly now in hope of the world to come.
I Peter 3:14, 15
These knew what it was to suffer for righteousness sake, but he tells them not to be afraid. Peter had a hope even while in the prison awaiting the wrath of Herod. He knew that if Herod succeeded he'd have gone to be with Jesus. Be ready to share the hope you have. Our hope is heaven. No matter what comes it can't take the hope of heaven.