Monday, September 19, 2016

HOPE ABANDONED - By Marvin Duncan

Marvin Duncan

Scripture Reading: Acts 27:20

Hope is a word the meaning of which must be determined  by the context in which it is used. In our Acts 27:20 passage,  Luke records the events of the storm that caught the ship on  which Paul was being transported to Rome. Because of the  fury of the storm, Luke says, "all hope that we should be saved  was then taken away." Some individuals have used this verse  to imply there can come a time in one's life when he has  passed all chance of receiving God's forgiveness. This passage  isn't talking about spiritual salvation. Rather, Luke is saying  the passengers had lost all hope of the ship withstanding the  fury of the storm. They thought they would never walk upon  dry land again.

What a contrast is seen between those whose hope was in  their own strength and Paul whose hope was in his God. The  majority of those on board this ship were pagan idolaters.  When they came to the end of their own abilities, they had  nothing upon which to trust. The contrast is seen in Paul's  attitude. Paul knew he was a member of God's redeemed  company of believers. Paul knew his God was able to deliver  him, and the ship's company, from the storm.

Because of his steadfast faith in God's ability and  truthfulness, Paul, although a prisoner of Rome, was able to  restore the passengers' hope and encourage them that no one  would lose his life. Paul was able to do this by assuring these  passengers that his God had sent an angel to assure him that  everyone on the ship would be delivered from death in the sea  (Acts 27:23). When the truth of this revelation had come to  pass, these people knew Paul served the true God of creation.

Let us be encouraged In the hope we have in Christ Jesus,  for He is the One who has saved us and nothing can separate  us from His love (Romans 8:38-39).

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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