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Looking for that Blessed Hope

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Looking for that Blessed Hope

From the writings of Sumner Wemp
Mar 9, 2010

Looking for that blessed hope


"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus" Titus 2:11-13.
Saved by grace, not works

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God" Eph. 2:8. In fact, "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness" Rom. 4:5. You see, we are "created (born again) in Christ Jesus FOR good works" (not because of them). Eph 2:10. We are saved by the work of Christ when He died for our sins, paid our debt in full and rose again" 1 Cor. 15:1-4. This gospel, good news, "is the power of God for salvation, to everyone that believes" Rom. 1:16. Salvation is free but it is not cheap, it cost the Lord Jesus His life on the cross for our sins.
Cheap believism?

NO, it is WHAT you believe in that makes the difference. THIS, I AM A FANATIC ABOUT. The gospel, "Christ died for ours, and rose again" is not preached clearly and carefully in MOST churches and I don't say that to be ugly. Be discerning. Listen carefully and it will shock you how it is not preached. Then you hear people say, "Give your life to Jesus" or "Turn from your sins and follow Jesus." NO, God says "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." It is what we believe in or trust in to get us to heaven that makes the difference.
The grace of God teaches us

"That denying ungodliness and wordily lusts we who have been saved, born again, should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world." Make sense? "In the world you shall have tribulation" John 16:33. "Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you" 1 John 3:13.
How can I do it?

"Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13. You see, "when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is" 1 John 3:2. Looking for Jesus to come any minute will keep the fear of God and focus on eternity in your heart that will help you to keep pure.
Study the Word and prophecy

Studying the Word of God and prophecy is so vital to the Christian life. Make sense? "Your word I have treasured in my heart,That I may not sin against You" Ps. 119:11. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you" John 15:3.
Prayer:  Father, thank You that Jesus paid it all when He died for our sins and now we are saved by grace through faith in that fact. Help us to live godly for Your glory, in Jesus name

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