In our sufferings on this earth, we look with hope towards the resurrection of our bodies and the life eternal. In this hope we are saved! “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Romans 8:24).
Before Christ ascended into heaven, Satan was allowed access to heaven. He constantly accused the brethren there (Rev. 12:10) because as of yet, payment had not been made for their sins. What could their answer be to such an accusation? There answer was that God had promised that payment would be made. God always keeps his word, so when he promised payment for sins it was as if it was already reality. Their salvation was in their hope that the blood of the Lamb would save them and overcome Satan (Rev. 12:11).
So with us today. Our hope is in the resurrection of our bodies and the life everlasting in heaven. This is not a reality for us yet. We cannot see it yet. It is hope. A hope in which lies our salvation. God is always true to his word, therefore his promise to us gives us assurance of our salvation and a confidence to face the devil. Through this work we are given patience and contentment with the fact that we are not in heaven yet. More on this next time.