We have a few days left in this month of October and I want to spend them in remembering what we have been promised. What, exactly, is it that we hope for?
This song is the perfect place to start…because we are created with the hope of a relationship with our Creator. And this hope is fulfilled in our Savior. He came to die in our place so that our sins would be forgiven and no longer hold us back from the presence of God. We can know that it is well with our souls because Jesus Christ “shed His own blood for our souls”. Because of His grace, we are welcome and at home in the arms of God.
“Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
(Both verses from Ephesians 2)
“It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” (from Romans 10, the MSG)