Uncompromising Hope

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10 February, 2019Simon Dent

Compromise is often a good thing. It helps us find a way to maintain relationship when people think differently. But not all compromise is good. For example its not right for us to compromise our obedience to God. The scriptures regularly challenge churches who seek to find a middle ground between obedience to God’s Word and the dominant view of their culture. The bible is also filled with examples of how costly this way is. What might help us to not compromise our faith without turning into miserable legalists? The New Testament’s answer is the resurrection of Jesus. There is uncompromising Hope for all of us if we don't give up.

25 I am laid low in the dust;

    preserve my life according to your word.

26  I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;

    teach me your decrees.

27  Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,

    that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

28  My soul is weary with sorrow;

    strengthen me according to your word.

29  Keep me from deceitful ways;

    be gracious to me and teach me your law.

30  I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

    I have set my heart on your laws.

31  I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;

    do not let me be put to shame.

32  I run in the path of your commands,

    for you have broadened my understanding.

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

35 But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?’ 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.

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