The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

12/11/2007

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"Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).

Paul wrote of our hope as believers which he called, "the blessed hope." he said, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

At Jesus' ascension to heaven, two men in white apparel appeared to the disciples, saying, "This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11). Today we live in the expectation of the promised return of Jesus Christ. We do not know when He will return but we look up in anticipation of it.

Not only is His return a living hope in a believer's life, but it has an effect on the way he lives. When we are expecting company, we make preparation for their arrival. We clean our hoimes, setting everything in order. As we await His return, we need some inner preparation. Our lives must be kept clean. There may be some things in them to be put in order. "Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure" (1 John 3:3). The return of Jesus Christ is our hope for the future, but what about hope for today? Many are without hope because they are without God. One definition of hope is that in which we place our confidence. The Lord Jesus is the object of our hope, the One in whom we have placed our confidence. "Christ in you, the hope of glory."

With His presence within, we know that He is our hope for a consistent life of victory. Sometimes we try to live the Christian life; we struggle to achieve victory; and over and over again we go down to defeat.

When a puppet is being manipulated, it moves in perfect harmony with the hand within. When the Lord Jesus lives within, and has complete control of our lives, we will move in complete harmony with Him.

Our hope for the future...Christ will return. Our hope for today...the presence of Jesus in us giving victory in our lives.

Have a great Tuesday.. Let your lights shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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