"Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His
abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an
inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not
fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the
power of God through faith for salvation ready to be
revealed in the last time.
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while,
if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the
genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold
that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to
praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ..."
1 Peter 1:3-7
"Therefore you are no
longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the
saints and members of the household of God..."
all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who
loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor
angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor
things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created
thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to
having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have
access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and
rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only
that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing
that tribulation produces perseverance; and
perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now
hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been
poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to
us." Romans 5:1-5
"...according to my earnest expectation and hope
that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as
always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether
by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is
"For whatever things were written before were written for our
learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the
Scriptures might have hope."
"This hope we
have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and
which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner
has entered for us, even Jesus...."
"Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and
salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings
which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your
consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast,
because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so
also you will partake of the consolation."
"... we have no power
against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do
we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."
"Likewise the Spirit
also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should
pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
“My soul, wait
silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength and my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart
God is a refuge for us."
"... we were
burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired
even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves,
that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who
raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and
does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver
us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks
may be given by many persons....”
"For we through the
Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith."
"And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His
flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and
above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the
faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the
hope of the gospel...."
“In Him was life, and
the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the
world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did
not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor
of the will of man, but of God.”
"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say,
'Repent, for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
"...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the
saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward
us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and
seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above
all principality and power and might and dominion, and every
name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which
is to come."
in Eternity with Jesus
"For our citizenship
is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it
may be conformed to His glorious body...." Philippians 3:20-21
manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should
be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us,
because it did not know Him.
"Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been
revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed,
we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And
everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He
1 John 3:1-3
"Therefore we do
not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet
the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light
affliction, which is but for a moment [as seen from God's
eternity], is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal
weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are
seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which
are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are
"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for
the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was
subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who
subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will
be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of
For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with
birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly
waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we
were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for
why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for
what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."
separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
sword? ...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him
who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor
life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things
present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any
other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love
of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"For the Lord
Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in
Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall
be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord
in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore
comfort one another with these words."
"For the grace of God that brings
salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the
blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and
Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might
redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own
"... as it is
written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit." 1 Corinthians 2:9
“For now we see in a
mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but
then I shall know just as I also am known."
"We give thanks to
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for
you, since we heard of your faith in
Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of
the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you
heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel...."
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of
the Holy Spirit."
Looking forward to the
glory and joy ahead
"As for me, I will
see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness."
then you were raised with Christ
share in His redemptive death and resurrection],
seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at
the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on
things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with
Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you
also will appear with Him in glory."
"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope....
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
"For we know that if
our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building
from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our
habitation which is from heaven.”
2 Corinthians 5:1
see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in
part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."
1 Corinthians 13:12
"By faith Abraham
obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would
receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where
he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as
in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for
the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker
"By faith Sarah herself
also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a
child when she was past the age, because she judged Him
faithful who had promised....
"These all died in faith, not having received
the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of
them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things
declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they
had called to mind that country from which they had come out,
they would have had opportunity to return. But now they
desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God
is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a
city for them."
"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no
more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven
saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He
will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself
will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death,
nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the
former things have passed away.”
"Then He who sat on the throne said, ''Behold,
I make all things new."
Then one of the
seven angels... showed me the great city, the holy
Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory
of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper
stone, clear as crystal....
"The city had no need of
the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of
God illuminated it." Revelation
"And there shall
be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall
be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see
His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There
shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the
sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign
forever and ever."
"I testify to
everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If
anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues
that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from
the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from
the things which are written in this book.
"He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely
I am coming quickly.'
"Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
"The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you all. Amen."