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We Have A Future HOPE!

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Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

A lot of people nowadays like to find the details of their family tree. I find it interesting that we can actually through DNA and other tools and because of the access we now have to the internet, can trace our family tress almost to their very origins. We can discover things about our ancestors that we never thought possible only a few years back.

While I think it’s interesting to search our family trees, there is another tree that we can also see as we look toward our past. That family tree is the one connected to Adam and Eve all the way back to the Garden of Eden. When we look at that tree, it paints a scary heritage. That tree is the one that brought us sin. It is the one that connects us to “original sin.” That tree could have and would have condemned us to eternal punishment if not for the love and blood of Jesus. Looking back at that tree makes me all the more grateful for Jesus Christ and what He did for me on the cross.

Ephesians says to us that we are no longer strangers and foreigners in the kingdom of Almighty God. It says that we are now citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Wow! Think about that! We, who deserved eternal punishment, are now fellow citizens of the household of God. When Jesus died in our place, He didn’t just forgive our sins but He restored our citizenship.

He restored our damaged family “spiritual” tree. We are now children of the King. We who once had nothing but dread and judgment in our future now have a living and eternal hope. Because Jesus was willing to give His life as a sacrifice for my sin, I am now a citizen of Heaven. Because of Jesus, my future is bright and my hope is secure.

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God of Mercy

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Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. 17 “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Malachi 3:16-18 (NKJV)

The mercies of God are truly astounding. They really do flow to the highest mountains and into the lowest valleys. They really do give us strength and hope from day to day, and He will never lose His power or the ability to pour out grace on us in ways we never even imagined possible.

As we look at the above scripture, we are once again reminded of the broadness of His grace and mercy. He has spent much of the past three chapters rebuking Israel for her rebellion. Though chosen by God and redeemed, they ran from Him almost at every opportunity. Despite their response to Him, His response to them seems unimaginable. The Word says that “those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened.”

When they responded back to Him with repentance, He immediately opened the promises of Heaven over their lives once again. First and foremost, He reminded them again that they were His. That, my friends, is the most important revelation that mankind can have. The very thought that we belong to Him and that He loves us unconditionally is the best news of our lifetime. He really is a “God of Mercy.”

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