The Certainty of Our Hope

24 Jul

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – Romans 5:5

In addition, beloved, we are not ashamed of the absolute certainty that our hope will be realized. We believe that if, indeed, we are justified by faith and have peace with God, we have a hope of glory that will not fail us in the end or on the way to the end. We do not expect to be deserted and to be left to fall from grace. “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5). We do not expect to be left to ourselves, which would mean our sure and certain ruin, but we do expect that He who has begun a good work in us will perfect it until the Day of Christ (Phil. 1:6).

We are certain that He who has created this hope in us will justify that hope by fulfilling it in due time. He will preserve us through long life if we are to live a long time; He will maintain a living hope in us when the time comes for us to die; and He will remember even our dust and ashes when they are hidden in the grave. “Who shall separate us…from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?” (Rom. 8:35-39)

It is written, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). And this is the way it will be. The believer will not “perish from the way” (Ps. 2:12) or during the way. Has God not said, “I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me” (Jer. 32:40)?  He will not allow His children to stumble and fall. He says, “I give unto [my sheep] eternal life: and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28). We will never be deceived in our trust in Jesus. No one will be able to say, “I trusted the Lord Christ to keep me, and He has not kept me. I rested in Jesus to preserve my spiritual life, and He has not preserved me.” Never.  We will not be ashamed of our hope.

Charles H. Spurgeon

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