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As Christians, we are designed to be constantly nourished by the truths of the faith and of the good teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why are the teachings of Christ very important? It is because in the earlier verses prior to our referenced Scripture below, it is a good doctrine that introduces us to the mystery of godliness which is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that is now and of that which is to come. Let's find out more!

Reference: 1 Timothy 4:10 English Standard Version (ESV) "For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe."

Now according to Paul, in order for us to achieve the particular aim of exercising ourselves unto godliness, we must strive for it because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe. As Christians, we fix our hope on the living God, who saves, preserves, sustains and delivers all men, especially those who believe, trust in, rely on, and adhere to Him. The Greek word for this hope is "elpis", which means expectation, trust and confidence.

My main point in today's article is the very truth that where we set our hope is very vital or important. Simply put, the firmness of your hope is determined by who or where you've fixed it on. So apostle Paul is reminding Timothy that their hope is set on the true living God, which also implies that its not on a carved idol or graven image, not on Kings, not on human masters, not on people, and definitely, not on a dead god. Setting your hope on the true living God means that you've placed all your expectation on certainty or what is sure, which in turn ensures that all your present and future reality is guaranteed in Him. In a nutshell, it is the right key to the benefit and value system in the Christian faith.

Why set our hope on the living God? Throughout the Scripture, I didn't find or read about anybody who gave up His only begotten Son for sacrificial sin offering for all mankind. John 3:16 (NIV) reads, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This is why our referenced Scripture specifically noted that we have our hope set on the living God, who is the "Saviour" of all people, especially of those who believe. Now who is that "Saviour" of all people sent by God? Christ Jesus! Did you get it now? Hallelujah!

From a clearer standpoint, according to Isaiah chapter 53 and many other related passages of the Scriptures, when we study about Christ from the prophecies of His coming to the point of His death and resurrection, we can grasp or envisage that God offered Him as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of Calvary as a ransom for the sins of humanity. But before then, mankind was hopeless because of one man's offence. The Bible says, "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous" (Romans 5:19 NKJV). In other words, Christ came to restore the hope lost by mankind because of one man's disobedience.

Now today's Scripture has given us a perfect insight and understanding of where to place our hope, which is on God and our faith - on the finished work of Christ. More so, what made the precious gift of God exceptional, which is Christ Jesus, is what He represents - the Saviour of all. We were once sinners without hope, but by grace, we were reborn into a new and living hope through Christ. The Bible says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3 NIV). Beloved God gave us a living hope through our Lord Jesus Christ, and for every born again Christian, we have this living hope set on the true living God. Stay tuned for part 2. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Romans 15:4; 1 Peter 1:13; Romans 15:13; 1 John 3:3; Hebrews 10:23.

Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for saving me in Christ Jesus, who embodies the confession of my Christian faith. For this reason, I testify that so massive is the pillar of my hope in you in proportion to the truths and benefits it yields in my life. As God the Son, Jesus was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. Based on this infallible truth, I fix my hope on you with conscious effort and awareness, thereby heightening the force of this great mystery at work in me, revealed as Christ, in all His loving manifestations and glorious triumph, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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