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Advent Devotional: Eternal Hope

December 8, 2023

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

Just as God brought hope into the world through the birth of Christ, if we would put our faith in Christ and His resurrection, we will be born again to a living hope. The resurrection of Christ is the grounding of our hope, we believe that death is defeated, and we now are given the inheritance of Christ. Our hope is not only in the past but is in the future fulfillment of the promises of God. The inheritance we have in Christ is the security of our life after this physical death. The security we have in this hope of Christ is intended to give us endurance as we walk the life of faith in a world that opposes the gospel. We dwell upon the resurrection of Christ to strengthen us while we walk through the trials of life and into eternity.

Father, remind me of our living hope in the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Give me endurance to live out your word in expectation of the promise of eternity in your presence. Help me to recognize that my life is for your service, and that my reward is you.


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