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That Blessed Hope


If you are a Christian—if you are following Christ, trusting only in him and his life, death, and resurrection—you have a blessed hope. Your best life is yet to come.

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The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is that blessed hope which should ever comfort the children of God under the present dispensation. It is the pole-star by which we must journey. It is the one point on which all our expectations should be concentrated. ‘Yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry’ (Heb. 10:37). Our David shall no longer dwell in Adullam, followed by a despised few, and rejected by the many. He shall take to Himself His great power, and reign, and cause every knee to bow before him.

Till then our redemption is not perfectly enjoyed; as Paul tells the Ephesians, ‘We are sealed unto the day of redemption’ (Eph. 4:30). Till then our salvation is not completed; as Peter says, ‘We are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time’ (1 Peter 1:5). Till then our knowledge is still defective; as Paul tells the Corinthians: ‘Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; then shall I know even also as I am known’ (1 Cor. 13:12). In short, our best things are yet to come.

But in the day of our Lord’s return every desire shall receive its full accomplishment. We shall no more be pressed down and worn out with the sense of constant failure, feebleness, and disappointment. In His presence we shall find there is a fulness of joy, if nowhere else; and when we awake up after His likeness we shall be satisfied, if we never were before (Psalm 16:11; 17:15).

—J. C. Ryle, Knots Untied (Banner of Truth, 2016), 465.



Posted 2017·07·20 by David Kjos
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