Lesson 3 - "The Blessed Hope"


Introduction

It has been said that we can live a “few days without water, a few minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.” This statement reveals how important hope is to our existence—it is hope that keeps us alive. The word ‘Hope’ means “to desire or anticipate with expectation of fulfillment”1. Hope allows us to endure present difficult circumstances with the expectation that these circumstances will change for the better some time in the future.

Therefore ‘Hope’ can be referred to as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ or ‘the silver lining in the dark cloud’. However, experience in this life teaches us that it is not everything we hope for will be ful-filled. In order for us to live fulfilled lives, our hope must be based on things that are true and enduring.

In this lesson, we will take a look at what the Bible teaches about the “blessed hope”—the hope that keeps Christians alive in the midst of a world full of disappointments.

1. What does Paul say about the futility of putting our hope in the things of this world? 1 Corinthians 15:19

1 Corinthians 15:19

“If in this ______________ only we have ________________ in Christ, we are of all men most _________________.”

2. What hope does Paul call us to put confidence in? Titus 2:12, 13

Titus 2:12, 13

“Teaching us that, denying ________________ and worldly ________, we should live ___________, righteously, and godly, in this _____________ world; Looking for that ___________ hope, and the glorious ___________ of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

3. What assurance does Jesus give concerning His Second Coming? John 14:1-3

John 14:1-3

“. . . . if I go and prepare a place for you, I will ____________ ________________, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

4. Who are some of the people of the Bible who placed their hope in the Second Coming of Jesus?

A. Jude 1:14, 15—ENOCH

“And _______________ also, the seventh from ___________, proph-esied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord ____________ with ten thou-sands of his saints. . .“

B. Hebrews 11:8-10—ABRAHAM

“For he looked for a ______________ which hath foundations, whose _______________ and maker is _____________.”

C. Psalm 50:3—DAVID

“Our God shall _____________, and shall not keep __________: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.”

D. Job 19:25, 26—JOB

“For I know that my ________________ liveth, and that he shall stand at the ____________ day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms ___________ this ___________ , yet in my flesh shall I _____________ God:”

5. In what manner will Jesus appear at His Second Coming? Acts 1:10-11

Acts 1:10-11

“. . . . Which also said, Ye men of ___________, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same _______________, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like ______________ as ye have seen him go into ________________.”

6. How many persons will be able to see Jesus at His appearing? Revelation 1:7

Revelation 1:7

“Behold, he _____________ with clouds; and every __________ shall _____________ him, and they also which _____________ him: and all __________________ of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

7. What will happen to the ‘dead in Christ’ at the Second Coming of Jesus? 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord himself shall _____________ from ______________ with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the _______________ in Christ shall ___________ first:”

8. What wonderful change will take place in the lives of the right-eous at the Second Coming of Jesus? 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

1 Corinthians 15:51-53

“Behold, I shew you a ____________; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be _____________, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last ______________: for the ___________ shall sound, and the ____________ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be ______________. For this corruptible must put on ______________, and this mortal must put on ________________.” (see also Philippians 3:20, 21)

9. How will the wicked respond to the Second Coming of Jesus? Revelation 6:14-17

 Revelation 6:14-17

“. . . . And said to the mountains and rocks, _____________ on us, and _________ us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his _____________ is come; and who shall be able to _____________?”

10. How will the righteous respond? Isaiah 25:9

Isaiah 25:9

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our ____________; we have __________ for him, and he will ___________ us: this is the LORD; we have ________________ for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

What should we do in order to make sure that we are prepared for the Second Coming of Jesus? Luke 21:36

Luke 21:36

“______________ ye therefore, and ____________ always, that ye may be accounted ________________ to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to ____________ before the Son of man.”