Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Supreme Attraction of the Christian Hope

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Commenting on Philippians 3:20-21, Alec Motyer captures the supreme attraction of the Christian hope-

"It is he (Jesus Christ) himself who is the supreme attraction of the Christian hope. We may well look forward to many things: deliverance at last from even the presence of sin and temptation; meeting the great ones of old- Abraham, Isaiah, Paul himself; reunion with loved ones we knew on earth; the glory of the heavenly places. Yes, indeed, all these things, but beyond them all that one feature which gives coherence and meaning and focus to heaven, that one Person through whom alone this great company is gathered and for whom alone is the glory, 'the Lamb standing, as though it had been slain', 'the Lamb in the midst of the throne', the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 'So shall we always be with the Lord', wrote Paul in another place. 'His servants shall worship him; they shall see his face', promised John"

- J.A. Motyer, Commentary on Philippians


Adam said...

It's pretty amazing to me how Christ works for not only our justification to make us right before God, but how through His word and working of the Holy Spirit we, along with the apostles and the prophets and other believers are transformed to be people of upstanding character and obedience (Eph. 2:10), which God has desired us to be.

Anonymous said...

When I read your blog, this scripture comes to mind in Revelation 1:12-18 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
The description if Jesus here is no longer the description of Him on earth(especially the pictures we see today), but that of a supernatural soveriegn Lord, who is merciful, a righteous judge,and also the great Shepherd who loves and cares for His flocks. How comforting it is in verse 17 that Jesus lays His right hand on John and tells him to fear not. Just sharing my thoughts.

Woody Woodward said...

When we are at the end of our hand-held ropes, and there seems to be no hope, and no way out, laying this temporary light affliction at our Lord’s Feet, this is when we give Him the freedom to do His best work. This is Hope that prevails.