Notes from a sermon by Rev. M. McGeown:
Read I Peter 1:3, ” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..”
Faith, hope and love are the three great Christian graces.
The Christian pilgrim needs hope which is a “certain, future, promised good.” We wait for grace and full redemption and glory.
We are exhorted to hope (an activity of the mind) by girding up the loins of our minds (discipline of gathering up loose thoughts like anxiety and lust, that trip us up), by being sober. The belt that hold up our flowing robes is truth. Sobriety is right, clear sensible, realistic (Biblical) thinking. Our mind is same as heart, our spiritual centre, aspect of our soul, not just brain composed of neurones and chemical transmitters. We are to love God with it, that is, our renewed mind. Prior to being born again we are without hope and God. The mind (consciousness) survives death of brain.
“Where there is a belief in the living God, who acts and intervenes in human life, and who can be trusted to implement his promises, hope in the specifically biblical sense becomes possible.*”
Christ in us is the hope of glory…Colossians 1:27.
*New Bible Dictionary IVP 1962
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