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8 – What is “The Blessed Hope?”

Is God’s Word Taking a Back Seat to Scofield’s?

By Kathy Beardsley edited by John Beardsley – April 30, 2016 /Revised August 2018 (All Bible verse references are from the King James Version)


Strong’s definition for hope: in the Christian sense: joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation.

 

This definition does not give the indication that a rapture has anything to do with hope, blessed or otherwise. I have heard, and been taught for years, that the blessed hope is the coming rapture. Since I have studied and come to the conclusion that the rapture is an invented occurrence I wanted for my own clarification to study further the subject of the blessed hope.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

 

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration [new birth], and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

 

Verse eleven gives the answer based on the definition of hope and it is followed by how we should be living in this present world until then. Titus 3:5-7 affirms the hope of eternal life is through new birth i.e. salvation. 1 Cor. 1:7, 8; Phil. 3:20, 21; 2 Peter 3:10-14; and 1 John 3:1-3 are some of the direct cross references to these verses. All of these verses are connecting our waiting for our Lord’s return with the manner in which we should hope to be found.

As you see above in verse 13, there is a comma between Looking for that blessed hope and and the glorious appearing. The comma is separating two things being looked for; hope and appearing. If the blessed hope is the rapture, then there should be no comma and the sentence should read something similar to: Looking for that blessed hope in the glorious appearing, or, of the glorious appearing.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men (Jesus’ birth) is the first appearing which brought us blessed hope in eternal salvation. And the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ is His second and final appearing. Until that time, we must honor our heavenly Father to the best of our ability and live in a manner that will glorify Him.

 

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

 

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

 

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

 

Many people, particularly unbelievers, see hope as being defined as a questionable thing; for example, the typical response “I hope so,” with the underlying meaning being “I don’t know.” A Christian’s joyous assurance of salvation and anticipation of the Lord’s return does not include the uncertainty of “I hope so” or “I don’t know.” So ask yourself, where do you want your hope to lie, in eternity or in question?

 

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