Living In Hope

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“According to his great mercy,
he has caused us to be born again
to a living hope…”
–1 Peter 1:3

Hope is more than feeling.
Hope is more than experience.
Hope is more than foresight.
Hope is a command.
Obeying it means life,
survival, endurance,
standing up to life until death
is swallowed up in victory.

–Jürgen Moltmann

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The Beginning of the End

He is Risen

Christ’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s rebellion. That rebellion is still going on in the Spirit of hope and will be completed when, together with death, ‘every rule and every authority and power’ is at last abolished (1 Cor. 15:24).

–Jürgen Moltmann

When God’s Beauty Shone

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God is beauty, and nowhere is he lovelier
than in the winning tenderness
and the prevenient grace
which comes to meet us
in Christ.

–Jürgen Moltmann

A Living Hope

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In his great mercy he has given us
new birth into a living hope (1 Pet. 1:3).

Hope is more than feeling.
Hope is more than experience.
Hope is more than foresight.
Hope is a command.
Obeying it means life,
survival, endurance,
standing up to life until death
is swallowed up in victory.

–Jürgen Moltmann

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Not alone

424926_Tree-Lined-AvenueI know:
there is someone
waiting for me,
who will not
give up on me,
who goes ahead of me,
who lifts me up,
someone to whom
I am important.

–Jürgen Moltmann

Gospel-shaped lifestyle

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Since believers have been forgiven,
they will forgive.
Since they have received good for evil,
they will repay evil with good.
Since, when they were enemies of God,
God loved them,
they will love their enemies.

–Jürgen Moltmann

The cruciform God

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When the crucified
Jesus is called
“the image of the invisible God,”
the meaning is that
THIS is God, and
God is like THIS.

–Jürgen Moltmann

The basis for hope

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The ultimate reason
for our hope is not
to be found at all in what
we want, wish for and wait for;
the ultimate reason is that we . . .
are wanted and wished for
and waited for.

–Jürgen Moltmann

Image: Adam Firth

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The wisdom of wonder

The Greek philosophers . . . called the deepest ground of knowing wonder. In wonder the senses are opened for the immediate impression of the world. In wonder the things perceived penetrate the sense fresh and unfiltered. They impose themselves on us. They make an impression on us . . .

People who can no longer be astonished, people who have got used to everything, people who perceive only as a matter of routine and react accordingly: people who live like this let reality pass them by . . .

Wonder is the inexhaustible foundation of our community with each other, with nature, with God.

–Jürgen Moltmann

A passion for life

[T]here is nothing inherently wrong with the physical world and bodily life. Nothing in the world God created caused our alienation and provoked the groan of all creation. None of the groan we feel is from our essential existence in the world, but rather from our broken existence in the world.

The world is good. The world has been broken,
but full freedom is coming.

This should free us to rejoice in the present. The Spirit’s nearness does not causes us to despise the world but join in God’s profound love of it (cf. John 3.16).

… Jurgen Moltmann has said, “God’s blessing enhances vitality and does not quench the joy of living. The nearness of God makes this mortal life worth loving, not something to be despised.”

In the Spirit of the Resurrection we participate now in the renewal of life and rejoice in the vitality and passion for life He gives.

–Richard Liantonio

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