Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
1Pet 3:15(NKJV unless indicated) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
Peter says that if we have set aside the Lord God, in our heart, we should always be ready to give a clear defense of our hope, to those that ask. Are we able to do this with humility, in a convincing effective manner? In an expressive, even eloquent manner?
Paul did - at his defense
The Apostle Paul is judged for ‘The Hope’ before King Agrippa:
Acts 26:6"And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. 7 "To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. 8 Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?"
Paul’s former way and calling
Acts 26:9"Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. 12 While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 "at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
Acts 26:15"So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
Nothing but the Hebrew Scripture
Acts 26:19" Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. 21 For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come -- 23 that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."
Words of truth and reason
Acts 26:24Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!" 25 But he said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. 26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.
Acts 26:27"King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe." 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." 29 And Paul said, "I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains."
What is this ‘Promise" (v-7), the Hope (v-6)?
Genesis 3:15 (NAS) YHVH (The LORD) to the Serpent
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
Genesis 22:18 (NAS) YHVH to Abraham
"And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
Genesis 49:10 (NAS) Jacob to Judah
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Deuteronomy 18:15 (NAS) Moses to Israel
"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.
2 Samuel 7:12 (NAS) YHVH to King David
"When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.
Psalms 132:11 (NAS) A Ruling descendant of David
The LORD has sworn to David, A truth from which He will not turn back; "Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.
Isaiah 9:6 (NAS) Promised Government
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 40:10 (NAS) A Just Ruler
Behold, the Lord God will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, And His recompense before Him.
Jeremiah 23:5 (NAS) Coming Justice and Righteousness
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.
Daniel 9:24 (NAS) To make and end of sin
"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place.
Jeremiah 33:14 (NAS) All Israel Together
'Behold, days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Ezekiel 34:23-24 (NAS) The Shepherd
"Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. And My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances, and keep My statutes, and observe them.
Micah 7:20 (NAS) The Promised Hope
Thou wilt give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which Thou didst swear to our forefathers From the days of old.
So what is the promise? The Seed? The Shepherd? The Prince of Peace? Righteous Branch?
1Pet 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Titus 1:2in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
Titus 2:13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Acts 24:15"I have hope in God… that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
1Thess 2:19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
Rom 5:5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Rom 15:4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
1John 3:3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
This we know
Rom 14:10… For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Luke 21:36"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
1Pet 3:15…sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…
Not to worry if we have set our minds on our Lord
Luke 12:11"Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." Just as Paul was able to do in Acts 26 - Praise God.
Proverbs 10:28The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Proverbs 13:12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Proverbs 23:18For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.
"It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearance’s men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men."
DID YOU KNOW?
A Nation Founded on Hope
As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ... it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!
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Hope - What is to Come
You are called to live a life of faith. This is based on the truth revealed to you, and your belief about what is to come. Incorporating this belief into your being affects your behavior now. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. These are not vague and abstract terms. They refer to a visible present reality. For your conduct according to your faith is a bright and shining light, a testimony to the glory of God’s kingdom not yet visible. Those around you cannot see afar off in the spirit to see that kingdom, but they can see you. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify our soon coming King.
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Psalm 43:5Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 31:24Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 33:22Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.
Psalm 38:15For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.
Psalm 119:114You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
Psalm 119:166LORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments.
Psalm 131:3O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.
Psalm 39:7"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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