hope: “the pie in the sky”, but actually much better than that

No matter which way you turn even in a first world nation like the United States, but add to that other nations as well, you can find grave cause for concern. Catastrophically to be sure, but especially so incrementally which can be every bit as deadly or debilitating. Most of the problem I’m referring to is of our own making, and much of that I think can be linked to genuine old fashioned sin. Greed is one thing that comes to mind, along with plenty of others, I’m sure.

We want to do better and hold people and companies and what not accountable in this life and world, to be sure. At the same time, we hope for something better. Humankind seems adept at making a mess of things, even in the name of progress. As Christians, we believe that the hope for the world is nothing less and nothing more than the return of King Jesus and the full implementation of God’s kingdom on earth in him. Yes, we believe in the Second Coming. When heaven comes down to earth and heaven and earth becomes one in and through Jesus in the new creation.

Somehow all that we have done by God’s grace through the Spirit will continue on in that new world. So that what we do now has impact not only in the present, but in the future as well. I think we can surmise this to be so, given 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection chapter with its conclusion (see N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope).

Faith, hope and love, these three remain, as we’re told in 1 Corinthians 13. The hope elsewhere described as “the blessed hope of the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus). When all is said and done, that will go on.

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