Five Qualities Of The Believer’s Hope
1 John 2:28 – 3:3
It needs to be understood at the beginning of this message that none are perfect nor can we be perfect in this life. Our Lord is working in us toward perfection when we shall see Him face to face. However, we must, by the Holy Spirit within us who know personally the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior have Christ as the central being of our lives.
As a Christian we have new hope and desires; the first of which is seeing Him one day; and seeing Him face to face. We also desire to one day be like Him, and as verse three of chapter 3 tells us; “We shall see Him as He is”. What a glorious day that will be.
In this message we will look at FIVE QUALITIES OF THE BELIEVER’S HOPE.
I. A LONGING FOR – A DESIRING FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST (v. 2:28).
A. A longing for the appearing will motivate the believer to “abide in Him”.
- It is like the branch abides in the vine (John 15:1-11).
- It is similar to your home – the place you live.
a. You may leave it to go to work, on vacation, etc., but you know there is no place like home – you return.
b. It is the place where you receive nourishment, and love.
B. This abiding ‘in Him’ keeps us from being ashamed when he returns.
- When we ‘abide in Him’ we keep His commandments;
- When we ‘abide in Him’ we have the anointing –
“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” 1 John 2:20 (KJV)
II. KNOWING JESUS IS RIGHTEOUS – THOSE BORN OF HIM PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS (v. 2:29).
A. Jesus is righteous – He is Deity [God].
- He is righteous as the Christ;
- He is righteous as the sin-bearer;
- He is righteous as the resurrected One.
B. Those who do righteousness are born of Him.
- Doing what is right in one’s life;
- Doing what is right according to God’s law;
- Doing what is right to others.
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
III. ENAMORED, AWED, AND STRENGTHENED BY HIS GLORIOUS SALVATION (v. 3:1).
A. Nothing in this world is comparable to the love of God.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 (KJV)
- Love ‘bestowed upon us’ by our benevolent, loving Father through His precious loving Son.
- John seems to be awe-struck with the thought Himself.
B. Love so great we are called ‘the sons of God’.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 (KJV)
C. The ‘Inhabiters of earth’ are so enamored with the world, they miss God.
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10 (KJV)
“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:10 (KJV)
“And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” Revelation 8:13 (KJV)
“And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” Revelation 11:10 (KJV)
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Revelation 12:12 (KJV)
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
” And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Revelation 13:8, 12, 14 (KJV)
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people…” Revelation 14:6 (KJV)
“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” Revelation 17:8 (KJV)
IV. EXPECTANT OF BEING CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST – NOT CHRIST, BUT LIKE HIM (v. 3:2).
A. In moral character.
- Not Christ, not deity, but of His character and love for the Father and one another.
B. Now the ‘Sons of God’.
- That means living like ‘sons of God’ – Kings and priests.
- Living right in the present time unto the day of His appearing.
C. We will see Jesus as He is.
V. KEEPING THEMSELVES READY FOR HIS APPEARING (v. 3:3).
A. The hope and promise of His appearing is the greatest hope of mankind.
- His appearing otherwise known as Second Coming is a grand promise of change according to the Scriptures;
- It will mean the change in ge0logy (Zechariah 14), environment, government and most of all in the hearts and lives of mankind;
- It will also means change in the animals of the earth as well.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:6-9 (KJV)
B. Those who are prepared for His coming will be keeping themselves ready.
- The presence and gift of His Spirit within directs us to preparation.
- There is a place being prepared for the prepared.
- We must fight the good fight – there is a war going on daily in our lives.
“1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3 (KJV)
“7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)
C. Let’s keep ourselves pure – as much as Christ is in us.
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”
2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV)
- Because of Jesus’s wonderful gift;
- Because of these precious promises;
- Because we are the ‘sons of God’.
-Tim A. Blankenship