The Hope Of The World

Our Text:  1 John 3:1-3

 

1Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3And

 

Ours is day is filled with discouragement on every hand, all of us at one time or another, will face major disappointments, setbacks and tragedies. Perhaps no discouragement equals that of failed marriages,  and parenting responsibilities

 

To cope with these losses many turn to alcohol and drugs or immoral practices thus losing self-respect. It affects body, mind and soul, and everyone loses,  especially our children.   Career reversals, or losses... are likewise hard to handle.  Friends can let you down, and confidences broken.

 

So numerous are the problems we face that some have concluded there is no real and permanent solutions for them.  This has created a state of doubt and distrust in the minds of many who wonder “Is there really any hope in the world today?”

 

Basically, the problems facing today’s world are moral and spiritual. We have learned how to harness nuclear energies,  unleashing tremendous physical power, but we have not learned how to govern ourselves.

 

here are differing ideas today regarding solutions for the problems we face.  In the political realm, many today believe the government  is  today’s hope, yet experience tells us that government creates more problems than solutions. ......  

 

Military power is thought by some to be the hope of today’s world. This is certainly needed in today’s society to keep us safe, yet history teaches us that such have never prevented war nor solved the basic problems of human society. There is a tremendous arms race going on today as nation bend all their efforts  and energies to outdo each other to gain and keep the upper hand.

 

Scientific achievement is thought by some to be the hope of today’s world.  We live in an age of great scientific advance, as is demonstrated by the many devices and gadgets that make physical living easier. And yet the problems we face are greater.

 

The hope of today’s world lies not in more scientific achievement, stronger military might, nor greater balances of political power. The world’s hope lies in moral and spiritual transformation.

 

May I Suggest   The Hope Of The World Is God.  

The greatest fact of human history is that GOD IS. Nature, reason, conscience, intellect, and the Bible prove His existence.  We must accept Him as a real, and loving Father, and submit entirely to His will if we are to solve our problems.  As long as man and nations ignore God and His will, so long shall their schemes and devices come to nought.

 

Not only does God exist but He is the Governor of this world.  Because He created the world and all therein and owns it. He upholds all things by the word of His power. It spite of our boasted independence of God, this world is still under His control. He runs it, and He rules it. 

 

 If we want a lesson in God’s Sovereignty read the book of Job, it will serve us well to learn ...... God will decide the destiny of the world and have the final word.

 

God has revealed Himself to man as Creator, Savior, Father, Benefactor And Friend.  He is revealed in nature. “The heavens declare the glory of God;  and the firmament showeth His handiwork.”  (Psa 19:1)  He has revealed himself in the Bible, and every revelation screams “seek me and find”,  obey my will, and be blessed”.

 

 But the supreme revelation man has of God, however, Is Christ.  The Bible is the written word, but Christ is the Living Word,

 

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made......... 14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.......... 18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  John 1:1-3; 14 ; 18

 

In the Bible we read of God, In Christ we see God  John 14:9

9....he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;    It pleased God that in Jesus  “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”  should dwell. Col 2:9 

 

Since CHRIST is the Supreme Revelation of God, through whom the Father works in the world  We know: First  that Christ is,  the hope of the world.

 

Christ is our hope” declared Paul in 1 Timothy 1:1...  To reject Christ is to reject God 1 John 2:23, and to receive Christ is to receive God  Luke 9:48

 

 Christ is our only Hope of Salvation.   This world is lost and sinful. Our problems will never be solved until we make peace with God.  We can never be right with one another until we get right with our Father. 

 

God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).  He came into the world to save sinners, (1 Tim 1:15) and give us life more abundantly. (John 10:10).   To effect this, He went to the cross and there died, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us unto God. He became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). In dying He atoned completely for the sins of all mankind. He tasted death for all men. (Heb 2:9).

 

 Because of His sacrifice, the saving gospel is now offered to all if we but believe in Christ. Trust the merit of His shed blood, repent of and renounce all our sins, confess Him to be the Son of God, and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) washing away our sins (Acts 22:16), we will be saved.

 

Above all else, the world needs salvation from sin......  and Christ is the only hope for this!  If the world would but accept Christ as Savior, all of our national and international problems would vanish When Christ lives in the heart  nations will then live in peace 

 

- Christ is our only Hope for a Perfect Example. The world needed a sinless life —  a perfect example to inspire it to high and noble living.   Again ... Christ is the only hope for this. Since He did not sin, He has left us an example that we should walk in His steps. (1 Peter 2:21-22).  We should imitate and do as He has done since He has left us such an example. (John 13:15.)   Our hope for today lies in being changed into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18) and reproducing  His life and example in our own lives.

 

 We must have the spirit of Christ without which we are not of His. (Romans 8:9)  We must possess the mind of Christ in all things (Phil. 2:5) if we would solve our moral and spiritual problems. Self must be crucified with Christ, the hope of glory, must live within our hearts. (Gal. 2:20; Col 1:27).   Christ is the answer to all of life’s questions, the solution to all of its problems.  The Bible says......

 

7For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  Romans 14:7-8

 

Only by walking in the Master’s footsteps can we have peace and good will among men and nations.

 

Christ  is our only Hope for Guidance. It is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps  (Jeremiah 10:23). History proves, over and over again that we are not able to direct our won lives successfully. We need not only a perfect example to inspire us, but a perfect guide to direct our lives.  In John 10:14 we read:

 

14“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 

 

He leads, protects and defends us. Since He is our great Shepherd, we shall not want.    If our lives are committed unto him, He will make us to lie down in green pastures. He will lead us by the still waters, often restoring our souls, and leading us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Psalm 23:1-4

     

Christ has promised to be with us always even unto the end of the ages.  With our hand in His hand, we need not fear for we shall be led aright.  We will never, never leave us nor forsake us  Hebrews 13:5-6....  when others forsake us, He will be near by. 2 Tim. 4:16-18. When we are weak, He will strengthen us Phil 4:13. When we have needs, He shall supply Hebrews 4:16.

 

Yes Christ is the hope of the world and of every individual. Only He can guide this world unto God and make of it what it ought be.  Only when we follow Him will we find the solution to our world-wide personal problems.

 

Christ is the only Hope for Intercession.  Christ is more than a Savior, Example, and Shepherd.   He is our great High Priest who ever lives to intercede for us before the Father’s throne in heaven (Hebrews 7:25). Since He lived on earth, He is a merciful and faithful High Priest. He is indeed touched with the feelings of our infirmities, Heb 2:17-18 ;  4:14-16.

 

He is our only Mediator (1 Tim 2:5) and no man, be he priest, preacher, elder, or bishop, stands between us and God, save Jesus Christ. When we sin, as we often do, we have in Christ an Advocate who intercedes for us.

 

This is what we need, and what the world needs. In Christ the world can be saved, and through Him it can have constant access to the “throne of grace” where it can obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

This today would do the world more good than all military power, financial strength, and political influences. Would that all men of the world could but realize this and come to Jesus Christ. He is the only Hope of the world.

 

Christ is  our only Hope in DEATH — Heb 9:27 states, it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment

This is a solemn fact of history. Man has never been able to face death alone, not solve the problem of what lies beyond this vale of tears. The world with all its boasted intellect, power, and wealth can never find an answer to the awful mystery of death. 

 

 But God, through  Christ has given us an answer.  God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and demonstrated that it is possible for us to die and live again.

 

He is the first fruits of the dead and His resurrection is a guarantee of our own.  Though we die, we shall indeed live again!  Because He lived, we shall live also and this, friends is the Hope of the world.  (John 14:19).  We read in 1 Cor 15:22 “22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”

 

We need to get into CHRIST, live in CHRIST, and then finally “die in the Lord”   For He is the Hope of the world as it faces the tragic reality of death.

 

13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”     (Rev. 14:13), 

 

And finally, — Christ  is our only Hope of Immortality.  In His resurrection, Christ  brought life and immortality to light  2 Timothy 1:10

 

10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 

He has conquered death and guaranteed our own victory over the grave. Though we die, we shall be raised to live forever more!  This is the real hope of the world today.

 

When we die, our bodies shall be sown in corruption, but they shall be raised in incorruption. Though they be sown in dishonor, they shall be raised in glory. Though sown as natural bodies, they shall be raised as spiritual bodies.  (1 Cor. 15:42-44).

 

 There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. Though we now live in our earthly bodies, we shall one day live in our heavenly bodies. “49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”  (1 Cor. 15:49).

 

What a glorious climax to our earthly existence! What a grand consummation of the world’s hope! Yes, Christ is the hope of the world in life and in death, in time and eternity.  Let us preach the gospel and bring the world to Christ , for therein lies its only hope.

 

                                                                              “My hope is built on nothing less,

                                                                              Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,

                                                                              I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

                                                                              But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

                                                                              On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand;

                                                                              All other ground is sinking sand.”

 

We need to get into Christ, live in Christ, and then finally “die in the Lord”     For He is the Hope of the world as it faces the tragic reality of death.

 

13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”     (Rev. 14:13)   Are you in the Lord?

 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Christian,

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Ron Cope Minister churches of Christ

email:  RonCope@chestnutmtchurchofchrist.com

phone:  (678)617-9658