As we will see, the ultimate hope is hope in Christ that makes it possible for us to live forever as God’s children. But this hope has often been distorted or disbelieved.
Most religious people believe in a life after death in some form or other. Yet, strange as it may seem, during the time of Christ there was actually a sect of the Jews called the Sadducees who did not believe there would be a resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:8). So, what is your own idea about eternal hope?
There were other false beliefs about “the great beyond” that came into the early New Testament Church. Notice this account of two men who brought false teaching into the Church: “And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some” (2 Timothy 2:17-18).
Satan the devil, who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9), wants humanity to be blind to the only real hope we can have, which is in Christ. The truth that God plans a great resurrection has been distorted and even ridiculed because Satan hates the glorious potential God intends for mankind through that resurrection from the dead. Satan tries his best to take this eternal hope away from us. May God save and sustainably help our soul. Amen