The Christian’s entire life rests upon Jesus’ real bodily resurrection from the dead. Our security does not depend upon us, but on Him who promised to keep us. His resurrection guarantees that He is able.
If God’s perfect Son had remained distant and not drawn near to us, there would be no means of forgiveness for our sins. The story of the thieves gives us hope by demonstrating their experience of God’s love and mercy.
No one squandered spiritual opportunity as terribly as Judas. His life demonstrates that having a credible testimony of faith does not connect us to Jesus. Instead, we must have a broken and contrite heart that calls out to Him in faith and dependence.
Jesus urges us to understand the difference between a person who is superficially moral and a person who is spiritually alive, between a person who ACTS righteous before men and a person who IS righteous on the inside.
The very same hardships that God designs to grow our faith can also destroy our faith when we grow frustrated. Frustration places us in great spiritual danger because it destroys our faith in God. Frustration tempts us into unbelief, but our unbelief dishonors God and disconnects us from His divine blessing.