Shortly after Lucifer, along with one-third of the angelic hosts were kicked out of heaven because of rebellion, something quite unusual took place at that very moment. Their expulsion from heaven simply means a harsh rejection from God due to their arrogance and pride. Since they were rejected by God, their holiness, perfection, as well as their goodness, could not be sustained and maintained any longer.
The hope that we have in God is based completely on the wonderful promises that He has made us through His written Word which is truth (John 17:17). These promises are exactly what encourage us, sustain us, renew our faith, help us, carry us, and motivate us to persevere in every situation irrespective of what the circumstances are. God warns us sternly to persevere up to the end; by the way, only those who persevere to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13, Revelation 3:21).
The key message that is so prevalent in the New Testament all throughout the four Gospel books is about the Kingdom of God. It’s a kingdom that Jesus had a lot to say about; therefore, He gave quite a number of parables in order to illustrate further how the kingdom operates and how people can enter it. In fact, each member of the Godhead plays a critical role in that kingdom.
One of the greatest blessings that comes from being a Christian is that God saves us simply because He is good and offers us salvation as a gift that does not require any conditions to receive except our willingness to take it. Isn’t that wonderful? Doesn’t that prove God is a loving God? God does not only provide us salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, He gives us the awesome privilege to become His children. In fact, by becoming His children, we have the right to inherit His promises.
Hebrews chapter 11 is widely known as the great faith chapter because it gives us marvelous examples of how Old Testament people exercised their faith in God and were blessed tremendously for it. However, before it goes on to give us the “faith list,” God gives us an admonition by telling us that faith is such an important part of the Christian life that we cannot please Him without it.
While we would all agree that faith is important if we want to have a proper relationship with God; nevertheless, there is something very important about faith that many Christian miss and fail to think about, and that is what a precious gift God has given to us by allowing us to exercise faith in Him. Faith is something that’s very deep even deeper than ourselves, and it’s very demanding because our obedience to God has to always ensue it. On top of that, our obedience is the very act that will demonstrate that we truly have faith in God.