What “blessings” do we hope for?
Do you remember from our Matthew 5 study how the Amplified Bible describes “blessed” in the Beatitudes? It describes blessed as, “spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired; forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace; inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect; joyful, nourished by God’s goodness; content, sheltered by God’s promises; anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature; spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor; comforted by inner peace and God’s love; morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness; favored by God.”
Surely, when we are His, this is our hope in Him! We can have hope to be blessed! The whole Word of God is full of our HOPE in Yeshua Jesus from beginning to end! You can spend your whole life searching out the hope and blessings we have in Yeshua Jesus and never know all of them. Here are a few more hopes and blessings to consider.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15: 56-57 (Hope for victory to overcome sin and death.)
“He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Galatians 3:14 (Hope for the Holy Spirit in us.)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ….. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1: 3, 7 (Hope for forgiveness and righteousness in the blood of Jesus.)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19 (Hope to have God’s love and power working in us.)
“But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:25 (Hope to live in and do the work of God.)
“God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” Colossians 1: 27-28 (Hope to mature in Christ and show forth His glory.)
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.” Colossians 2:2-4 (Hope to know Jesus personally and our salvation in Him.)
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” Psalms 128:1 (Hope to be enabled to walk in obedience to God.)
“Blessings crown the head of the righteous” Proverbs 10:6a (Hope for blessings and not falling in the cursed way.)
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3: 15-22 (Hope to receive heavenly riches in Jesus by close relationship with Him.)
What do you hear the Holy Spirit teaching you through these words? I hear that He has such great hopes, treasures, riches to offer us…but we have a part in receiving them from Him! How awesome are these hopes! Also, notice how these precious promises are received! Do not be deceived in thinking there is nothing I need to do on my part to receive these blessings. It takes faith and trust to open the gift and then utilize it for His glory and live in fellowship with Him.
Let’s pursue Him and pursue righteousness….with great hope and faith and love. Know the hope of His calling and the glorious riches of inheritance He has for His people! (Ephesians 1:18) He is our sure hope of heavenly blessings!