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                                                                                                                                                                                Dr. June Normil

 


 

 

                                            Unit 2 Study 14

                                            August 31, 2014

 

Study Scriptures for this week's Lesson: 1 Cor. 15:50-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Revelation 19:1-9

 

Key Verse: Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him [Christ]: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready (KJV).

 

Central Truth: Faithful Christians can be confident and rejoice in their glorious future.

 

Our Focus: To explore the Christian's glorious and eternal future, and remain faithful to Christ.

 

 

                                            Our Ultimate Salvation

 

 

                                                                                         

Introducing the study

 

Amid difficult times, it is easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. The world in which we live is guaranteed to provide adversity for believers. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves despairing over the circumstances of life and forget that the Lord has all things under His control. The struggles of life accomplish precisely what God intends when we face them with confidence in God's promises. They serve to refine God's people, increasing their dependence on Him and refocusing their attention toward His promises. Today's study explores the ultimate salvation of Christians. It examines their final, eternal destiny and challenges them to live  faithfully with their eyes fixed on the prize of heaven. As you proceed through this lesson, take the opportunity to refocus your heart on God's eternal plan of salvation. At the end of this study, you will be able to: (1). Appreciate the transformation that will take place at the end of all things. (2). Identify the nature of the living hope they have because of their faith in Jesus Christ. (3). Praise God for the eternal salvation promised to all His children.

 

The Great Transformation

 

A time is  coming when everything we have experienced here on earth will become an insignificant part of the past. Christians will no longer experience the hurts and concerns of this world. Today's temporal life will give way to a new reality , one that will be eternal and perishable. it is easy to forget that we are not permanent residents of this world. We're pilgrims, just passing through. The apostle Paul reminded the Philippian church that their citizenships was in heaven. He then encouraged them to await with anticipation the return of Jesus, their Lord and Savior. He would one day bring all things under His control and transform them into a glorified state (Philippians 3:20-21). We share the same hopeful confidence today. When that day comes, all our pain, fears, and struggles will be forgotten forever. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul provided a more detailed description of what will ultimately take place at Christ's return (verses 50-56). One day a transformation we cannot yet comprehend will occur. Rather than devoting our time and energy to things that will perish in the end, we  must train our hearts to invest in the things that will endure. Satan constantly seeks to sidetrack our priorities and hinder the advancement of God's purposes. In response we must be resolute, seeking His kingdom and His righteousness above all else (Matthew 6:33).

 

[For Personal Reflection] How much time and resources do you devote to advancing God's kingdom?  

 

The Living Hope

 

The Bible describes the eternal future of God's people as "a living hope" (1 Peter1:3). This hope is made possible through the resurrection of Christ. Because Jesus conquered death on our behalf, we can be assured of our eternal future. We're further assured that the inheritance God promises to us will never "perish, spoil or fade" (verse 4). It is kept in heaven for us as we await the things God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). Even though we face different kinds of trials, we can rejoice, knowing that such trials serve to refine us so we can bring glory to God. One day we will receive the goal of our faith: the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:5-9). Meanwhile, we await an event that will eclipse anything we've ever experienced. The moment will come when Jesus returns for His Church. Believers throughout history who have died will be raised to life and join the last living generation as they rise together and meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We will see Jesus face to face and discover what it means to live completely free of the shackles of sin.  In light of this hope, it is important to ask this question: Is your heart focused on the glorious hope of Christ's soon return? Or do you allow the struggles of the moment to rob you of the joy that God intends for all who await eternal glory? if you lack the joy of salvation, take time to seek the Lord intensely. Pray for a new understanding of the hope you've been given. He can restore your faith in the face of life's difficulties.

 

[For Personal Reflection] How can you fully understand and expect the living hope that awaits you in Christ ?

 

The Ultimate Worship Experience

 

Christian throughout the ages will worship Jesus Christ for eternity. The full impact of this experience cannot yet be gasped. Only as we enter eternity will we begin to understand all that is involved in the precious gift of salvation God has provided for us. There will come a time when the eyes of every child of God will be opened to appreciate the glory and majesty of the One who redeemed us. a glimpse into that day is presented in Revelation 19. In this vision, John heard the sound of a great multitude ascribing praise, glory, and honor to the Lord. The expression "alleluia," or "hallelujah," is repeated four times in the passage. This is an expression of praise from God's people of the day, as they exalted the Lord over His judgment of sin. These cries of praise continued throughout the vision, signifying the awe they experience in the presence of the living God. We have all experienced times of glorious worship throughout our days or years of walking with Christ. Yet nothing will compare to that ultimate experience we will one day have before the throne of heaven. Our joy will be without restraint. Our eyes will fully and forever behold Christ's glory. This scene offers incomparable hope to us today. Life  can indeed be hard, and our faith  can truly be tested. Yet a day is coming when trials and struggles of a sinful world will be left behind. We can look forward to eternity in the presence of the Savior of the world.

 

[For Personal reflection] How can you grow in your appreciation for what Christ has done for you?"

 

 Discipleship in Action

 

Like all Christians, you can be confident of your eternal future in Christ. Yet sometimes, life's struggles crow out this hope. By learning to focus on your eternal salvation rather than your problems, you can experience victory no matter the circumstances. God is at work in you. Everything you now experience can turn into faith builder when you redirect your gaze upon Him. True hope is not found in this fleeting life. You have  a living hope, one that can never fade or be altered. It is  as constant as the One who promised your eternal future. Take time to meditate on the promises made possible by Christ's sacrificial death on your behalf. Determine to fix your hope fully upon the Lord. You will find yourself encouraged amid life's uncertainties.
  

                                                          WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM [JESUS CHRIST]!                                                    

                          
 
 

 

 

 Monday               Abraham Gather to His People.    Genesis 25:7-9

 

 

 

Tuesday               We Shall See Our Redeemer.         Job 19:25-27

 

 

 

Wednesday         Death of God's Saints.                   Psalm 116:12-15                                     

 

 

Thursday           Present with the Lord.                       2 Corinthians  5:1-8                             

 

 

 

Friday                The Crown of Righteousness.         2 Timothy 4:6-8                     

 

 

 

Saturday           Universal Worship.                          Revelation 5:11-14                            

 

   

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Copyright Reference:  Radiant Life, Volume 95 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo  65802.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                Dr. June Normil