This is very different from the word HOPE as it is used in Scripture when it describes God or flows from Him. In the Bible it carries the confidence of a completed action even though it is speaking of something in the future many times. Every word God speaks will be… it is as simple as that. God is never caught off guard or left saying, “If I had known then what I know now, I would have done it differently.” This gives us a solid foundation to stand on and a hope for tomorrow that we can depend upon.
Paul describes this in our text for this Sunday’s message.
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Paul’s words bless us in two ways; 1) this great hope comes to each of us to live in today and 2) this life-giving hope becomes the purpose and message for our lives today as we connect to others. The mystery Paul is speaking of is the message of Jesus – His life, death and resurrection. Paul wants us to know that the God of the Israelites is also the God of Oak Hill Church. He is the One True God and He has chosen to love you. He wants you to enjoy your place in His family. The price has been paid and the “adoption papers” are signed – just come home!
In this world of unknowns and unkindness, we are called to bring the answers to life’s biggest questions.
In God’s Hope,
Pastor Nick Mundis