OUR BLESSED HOPE

Bible Reading: Philippians 3:1-21

It has been a great joy for me to share this series on purity and holiness with you and today we come to a conclusion. What a journey God has brought us on so far. Firstly, when we turned from our sin and received Jesus we were born again of the Holy Spirit and the Holy One made His home in us. He gave us righteousness as a gift and He declared us to be holy in His sight. We became saints, who sometimes sin. We began a journey of holiness, to be filled with God’s love and to live a life of beauty. It has been a battle as we have struggled with the world, the flesh and devil. We have gone through discipline and refining fire and pruning, often painful, but the work of a loving God who has been changing us little by little so that we become like His Son, Jesus. This is the journey of a lifetime.

One day we shall Him face to face, and tell the story saved by grace. When we see Him we shall be like Him. No more sorrow, no more sin, no more tears, no more pain. It will be worth it all when we see Him.

Writing whilst under house arrest in Rome the apostle Paul reveals the passion in his heart that continued to burn like a fire. He says, that he has not yet attained to the goal or reached perfection but that he is pressing toward the day when he will finally be all that Jesus Christ saved him for and wants him to be. He leaves the past behind and strains forward towards the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, was calling him up to heaven. We join him and the saints who have gone before us on this journey of purity and holiness.

In the next weeks we will consider our eternal hope and the glory that awaits us as we begin a new series entitled, “From here to eternity.”

A Question:

There have been many issues raised as we have looked at the meaning of holiness. What has the Lord over these past weeks been specifically saying to you?

Something to Do:

Why not begin to journal? Begin to write each day what God says to you and what He teaches you. It may seem insignificant in the beginning, but one day you will read back in amazement and see how God has been leading you. All it needs is a notebook, a pencil and a few minutes each day.