Hope

Hope:

Read the following scriptures, how in the resurrection God says “all” will be shown their shame and they will be ashamed and glorify God. Even Satan. He created everything to be his own and for his glory and it is not about us. We can not save ourselves or anyone else, but God has a plan to save us all, for he created us and the universe, to bring about his final purpose… to be all in all.

Romans 8: 18-25….

I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us. In fact, all creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who his children are.  Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children.  We know that all of creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give birth.  The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are his children. This means that our bodies will also be set free.  And this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

Ezekiel 16: 51-63…

“Samaria did not commit half of your sins; but you have multiplied your abominations more than they, and have justified your sisters by all the abominations which you have done.  You who judged your sisters, bear your own shame also, because the sins which you committed were more abominable than theirs; they are more righteous than you. Yes, be disgraced also, and bear your own shame, because you justified your sisters.
“When I bring back their captives, the captives of Sodom and her daughters, and the captives of Samaria and her daughters, then I will also bring back the captives of your captivity among them,  that you may bear your own shame and be disgraced by all that you did when you comforted them.  When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, return to their former state, and Samaria and her daughters return to their former state, then you and your daughters will return to your former state.  For your sister Sodom was not a byword in your mouth in the days of your pride, before your wickedness was uncovered. It was like the time of the reproach of the daughters of Syria and all those around her, and of the daughters of the Philistines, who despise you everywhere.  You have paid for your lewdness and your abominations,” says the LORD.  For thus says the Lord GOD: “I will deal with you as you have done, who despised the oath by breaking the covenant.
“Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.  Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your older and your younger sisters; for I will give them to you for daughters, but not because of My covenant with you.  And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the LORD,  that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done,” says the Lord GOD.’”

and from
Romans 9: 16-26…

Everything then depends on God’s mercy and not on what people want or do. In the Scriptures the Lord says to Pharaoh of Egypt, “I let you become Pharaoh, so that I could show you my power and be praised by all people on earth.” Everything depends on what God decides to do, and he can either have pity on people or make them stubborn.

Someone may ask, “How can God blame us, if he makes us behave in the way he wants us to?” But, my friend, I ask, “Who do you think you are to question God? Does the clay have the right to ask the potter why he shaped it the way he did? Doesn’t a potter have the right to make a fancy bowl and a plain bowl out of the same lump of clay?”

God wanted to show his anger and reveal his power against everyone who deserved to be destroyed. But instead, he patiently put up with them. He did this by showing how glorious he is when he has pity on the people he has chosen to share in his glory. Whether Jews or Gentiles, we are those chosen ones, just as the Lord says in the book of Hosea,

“Although they are not
my people,
I will make them my people.
I will treat with love
those nations
that have never been loved.
“Once they were told,
‘You are not my people.’
But in that very place
they will be called
children of the living God.”

…………………The Lord, the God of Mercy, is a just God, and is angry with sin in our lives… but he will heal and will bind up the wounded, and break us free from our chains, and provide an atonement for sins…Is there anything too hard for God? With man things are impossible, but with God all things are possible…. God is truly the greatest “Good Samaritan”.

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