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Living In Real Hope (11 of 22)
Series: What's Real And What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 3:1-3
INTRO: Series: What's Real and What's Not!
(A) John ... writing the final books of the New Testament ... I, II, and III John.
1- John ... has seen the events of Jesus' earthly ministry ... the cross ... the tomb ... the birth of the church ... and the events of the future -- from the Tribulation to the Second Coming of Jesus!
2- John -- in the waning years of his life ... with this wealth of experience and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit to write God's Word -- writes to us to show us -- What's Real and What's Not!
3- Given that John has actually seen future events -- he is certainly well qualified to tell us how to transfer the reality of those future events into hope for today!
-- John tells us about LIVING IN REAL HOPE!
-- A salesperson ... saw a little boy standing at the foot of an escalator in a large department store -- intently watching the handrail.
-- Never took his eyes off the handrail as the escalator kept going around and around.
-- The salesperson who saw him finally asked him if he was lost!
-- The little fellow replied: "Nope, I'm just waiting for my chewing gum to come back."
(B) That's hope! ... the kind of hope that looks beyond difficulties ...impossible odds ... broken hearts... and trusts!
1- Trusts that God is in control ... the kind of hope that is real -- not phony ... nothing artificial about it!
2- John shows us what LIVING IN REAL HOPE is all about.
-- He shows us the 5 characteristics of real hope:
I. REAL HOPE IS PROVIDED Vs. 1a
(A) "what manner" [potapen] ... refers to a country, race, or tribe ... It speaks of something foreign!
1- John is saying, "Behold, what foreign kind of love the Father has bestowed (the word [dedoken] = to give something permanently to someone!) on us!"
2- The love of God is foreign to the human race ... ...
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