New Jerusalem, Consummation of Hope (2)

The hope of God’s calling includes New Jerusalem. This hope is not our own wish; we received this hope from God. His word encourages us “to lay hold of the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18).

New JerusalemAs unbelievers we were “apart from Christ…having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). With Christ we have God and we have hope.

By believing into Jesus Christ, we were born again. We were regenerated unto a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). This is the hope of eternal life (Titus 1:2). Our hope is firmly rooted in the eternal life, the unchanging life which is God in Christ Jesus. We can never be let down in hoping for New Jerusalem.

This hope is laid up for us in the heavens (Colossians 1:5), from whence New Jerusalem will descend to be on the new earth (Revelation 21:2). This is also a good hope (2 Thessalonians 2:16) and a blessed hope (Titus 2:13).

Between now and New Jerusalem there are many other things of Christ and His salvation for which we hope. Gradually those steps of salvation and our further experience of Christ will come forth on our path unto God’s consummation, which is New Jerusalem.

May “the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). This hope is not for outward things in daily living but it is for Christ’s return, our rapture and glorification, and ultimately for living with Him in New Jerusalem.

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