HOPE

Pat

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POINTS TO PONDER 17. HOPE​
The secular definition of hope is: The possibility of obtaining an unfulfilled desire or wish. Worldly hope is based on a remote possibility, however small, that something good will come.

The Biblical definition of hope is: Confident expectation and anticipation of the certainty of a future event. A Christian's hope is based on the faithfulness of the living God to fulfill His promises.

Worldly hope is uncertain and only has a slight possibility of something coming to pass. Biblical hope is the absolute certainty that what God has promised will come to pass.

The New Testament identifies many different aspects of hope such as; "the hope of Righteousness" (Galatians 5:5), "the hope of His calling" (Ephesians 1:8), "the hope of the Gospel" (Colossians 1:23), "the hope of salvation" (1Thessalonians 5:8), "the hope of eternal life" (Titus 1:2), "the hope of the resurrection" (Acts 24:15). These are all things that we possess now positionally but do not yet "see" in full experience. The apostle John explains this clearly when he says "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2). Paul also said "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? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." (Romans 8:24,25). Until all our hopes are realized we wait and rest by faith. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1).

Finally, our greatest hope is the Lord Jesus Himself. As the angel announced glad tidings to the shepherds 2,000 years ago, let us also proclaim to the world that Jesus came to die on a cross to pay for their sins, but then rose from the dead and is now the hope of glory who lives in us, "Emmanuel". Then tell them of our expectation, the “hope” of His soon return, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" (Titus 2:13). We don’t have much longer to wait! “…"Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
 

Andy C

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Excellent post Pat - Below are just a few of the many verses on Hope.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Romans 15:4
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Romans 5:2-5
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 8:24-25
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Psalm 39:7
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
 
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