“For we continue to look forward to the joyful fulfillment of our hope in the dawning splendor of the glory of our great GOD and Savior, Jesus, the Anointed One. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of GOD’s glorious sons and daughters!” Titus 2:13; Romans 8:19. (TPT)

NOTE: Against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin. But now, with eager expectation,all creation longs for freedom from its slavery to decay and to experience with us the wonderful freedom coming to GOD’s children. To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth. And it’s not just creation. We who have already experienced the firstfruits of the Spirit also inwardly groan as we passionately long to experience our full status as GOD’s sons and daughters—including our physical bodies being transformed.

CHRIST-Like hope focuses upon the return of CHRIST, “the appearing of the glory of our great GOD and Savior, CHRIST Jesus.” The coming of the LORD is what Paul identifies as “the blessed hope”. It is the hope that brings happiness and joy to the believer. It is therefore a major characteristic in the life of every persons who has “turned to GOD.” We are those who not only “serve the living and true GOD” but also “wait for HIS SON from heaven, whom HE raised from the dead, that is Jesus CHRIST”.

We wait with eagerness for the day of triumph, the day in which the “LORD himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of GOD” as it is written in 1 Thessalonians 4:16+. Peace be unto You!

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