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April 1, 2016

Our sure hope: the kingdom of God

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"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1; NIV). We do not now see the Kingdom of God on the earth, but God tells us it will be a reality. We will inherit the Kingdom via the resurrection to eternal life at Christ's return (1 Corinthians 15:50-52). Our belief in this coming Kingdom is, in itself, an act and expression of faith.

A life of faith in the coming kingdom of God may mean that we, at times, will experience uncomfortable situations. We may find ourselves in circumstances in which we can no longer be assured of our customary comforts. Even our personal safety may be threatened. What should we do if that happens? Stay focused on the Kingdom of God!

God promises a better reward (Hebrews 11:40) for those who devote their lives to seeking the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Even though this life has its pleasant moments, Paul kept the proper perspective: "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Philippians 3:8; NIV).

God promises us eternal life at the resurrection. In the meantime, He will comfort us when serving Him brings painful sacrifices (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Maintaining a clear vision of the magnificent future and remembering God's promise of comfort help us when our faith is tested. After all, God promises to reward those who believe Him (Hebrews 11:6).

The calling to a knowledge of and faith in the Kingdom of God is a precious one. Not everyone is called to understand or receive it in this age (Luke 8:10). And our faith in that kingdom is based on the sure Word of God, which stands forever: "All flesh is as grass . . . But the word of the Lord endures forever" (1 Peter 1:24-25). The people of faith whose stories the Bible preserves for us took their stand on the Word of God. They believed God.

Having the sure hope of God's coming kingdom is a gift from Him. We have this hope because God has called us to participate in His great plan. To claim God's gift, let's continue to follow the advice we find in Hebrews 6:12 and "imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

With these thoughts I wish everyone a rewarding Sabbath!

Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.


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