Eternal Hope

Have you ever thought about what happens next? Ever wonder what comes after death in this life? Are you unsure? Do you want to have confidence in what is next? Are you looking for comforting words?

Whether we think about it or not, death comes for us all. It isn’t something we like to think about. Our thoughts go to our loved ones. We think about all we will miss. Some of us worry about what comes after death, if anything comes after.

Many people in this world fear death. They imagine horrific pain and suffering as death draws near. They fear being in a dark place. The idea of nothing occurring after death, of it being the ultimate end, is petrifying. Death is unthinkable for many. They desire to live forever.

Here’s the good news—we do live forever. The question is not if we live forever, but where we live forever. We were created with an eternal spirit. God planned for us to live forever. However, we will not live forever in our present state.

As John states, we do not know how we will be transformed to live eternally. Yet we do know that we will live eternally. For those of us in Christ, we know we will live eternally with Him. We know He promised to prepare a place for us to live (John 14:2-3). We know the place where we will live is beyond human words to describe. This is our hope.

John goes on to tell us, our hope in Christ, in His promises, purifies us just as He is pure. Can you imagine that? Being as pure as Christ may be unthinkable. It may be beyond our imagination. We may think there is no way we can be pure after all the things we have done. Yet, we will be.

I pray we all maintain our hope. I pray we realize we will live for eternity. I pray each of us believe we will be as pure as Christ. Hope in Christ. Believe in His promises. Believe you will be pure. Know you are a child of God. 

1 John 3:2-3 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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