Upon This Rests Our Whole Hope of Future Blessedness

Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness.  Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honoured.  Only as we have complete assurance that He is faithful may we live in peace and loo forward with assurance to the life to come.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 65

Whispers of Everlasting Hope

The ancient image of God whispers within every man of everlasting hope; somewhere he will continue to exist.  Still he cannot rejoice, for the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world troubles his conscience, frightening him with proofs of guilt and evidences of coming death.  So is he ground between the upper millstone of hope and the nether stone of fear.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 34

O the Comfort

O the comfort!  We are not under law but under grace.  The gospel is the dispensation for sinners, and we have an Advocate with the Father.  There is the unshaken ground of hope.  A reconciled Father, a prevailing Advocate, a powerful Shepherd, a compassionate Friend, a Savior who is able and willing to save to the uttermost.  He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust; and has opened for us a new and blood-besprinkled way of access to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in every time of need.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 227

This Life Is Not All We Have to Live For…

Listen to me, dear friend.  Our hope does not lie in this temporal life; it lies in the life to come.  And sometimes that is all the consolation there is.  Suffering takes us to the edge of eternity and confronts us with the horror of a life filled with arbitrary pain.  But if the end of this life brings us to the threshold of eternity, then the most fortunate people in the universe are those who discover, through suffering, that this life is not all we have to live for.  Those who find themselves and their eternal God through suffering have not suffered meaninglessly.  Their poverty, grief, despair, and hunger have driven them to the Lord of eternity.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 173-174

Our Best Moments Have Been Mostly Grotesque Parodies

There is little that we can point to in our lives as deserving anything but God’s wrath.  Our best moments have been mostly grotesque parodies.  Our best loves have been almost always blurred with selfishness and deceit.  But there is something to which we can point.  Not anything that we ever did or were, but something that was done for us by another. Not our own lives, but the life of one who died in our behalf and yes is still alive.  This is our only glory and our only hope.  And the sound that it makes is the sound of excitement and gladness and laughter that floats through the night air from a great banquet.

– Fredrick Buechner

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 243

They Should But Want Nothing More than to Share Their Story

Those who are deeply rooted in the mysteries of the gospel will not only be more confident but more zealous to share their hope in the ordinary course of daily life.  And they will also more eagerly encourage others to attend the public means of grace, where strangers are reconciled.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 213

The Law Itself Could Not Create Faith, Hope or Love…

While upholding the continuity of faith in Christ from Abraham (indeed, from Adam and Eve after the fall) to the present, the New Testament also announces that something new has dawned.  The law itself could not create faith, hope, or love but because of sin could only place the world in prison awaiting the redeemer (Galatians 3:22-23) or under a guardian awaiting its maturity in order to receive the inheritance (Galatians 3:24).  In the Old Testament, as in the New, it was only the promise of the Messiah that kept faith alive.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 121-122

We Are Called to Die Daily to Our Old Self…

The righteousness of God brings us to our knees in guilt while the gift of righteousness from God raises our eyes to Christ as our only hope.  Dead to sin and alive to Christ once and for all in regeneration (Romans 6:1-11), we are called to die daily to our old self and live daily by “the free gift of God,” which “is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:12-23).

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 121

We Would Have No Hope

In Romans 3:9-20 Paul summarized his argument thus far: The law condemns everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, shutting every mouth before God’s tribunal.  The righteousness of God leaves no one standing.  Everyone is guilt.  One may not be guilty before a human court, or before the court of public opinion, or in the eyes of neighbors, souses or friends.  One may not be convicted in one’s own sight.  Nevertheless, the only verdict that really matters is God’s, and it is unambiguous.  If the only revelation that we had were that which is gleaned from our natural knowledge of God’s existence, power and righteousness, we would have no hope.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 62