Definition of Hope Part One

The Dictionary of Theological Interpretation of the Bible

 

The definition of hope from this perspective seems basic. This dictionary says that “hope is waiting in confident expectation for God’s promises in Christ.” Are we waiting in “confident” expectation? This brings to mind the faith that we have in Jesus Christ. Faith simply put is confidence in the actions and words of God. It is expecting God’s promises in Christ to come to pass. This is summed up in the gospels. This dictionary states that it is fundamental because it concerns God’s culmination of his redemptive work. It is the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when He is revealed 1 Peter 1:13 NRSV. This is the “hope of glory.” Col. 1:27 Jesus fulfilled the promises of God through His birth, life, death and resurrection. What the ancestors of faith believed came to pass. Now we have a hope that goes beyond the grave. It is founded in the Words of Jesus Christ. Note Romans 8:24 which speaks of this future hope. The present blessings are the “first fruits.” God still controls the fulfillment of these blessings. This helps us to understand that hope is waiting for God to act, graciously and powerfully on our behalf. What He said in the past was fulfilled, and what He has promised will be fulfilled. Remember what Isaiah 55:10-11 says.

Just as I stated earlier, believers hope “by faith” See Galatians 5:5. We wait for the hope of righteousness. Faith is trust in the promises of God. He is not like man that He should lie. He speaks truth in all things. Hope expects what shall be. We know that God will fulfill His word because He is a reliable God. Nothing will hinder His word from coming to pass. The steadfastness and stability of Almighty God will cause us to grow in assurance, despite what may seem as delays and doubts. God’s Word will come to pass. It may not come in the time we expect it, but it will come to pass.

The psalms and the prophets often speak of waiting on the Lord. Note the following passages:

Psalms 25:3, 5, 21; 33:20; 130:5. . It is hoping for and in him Psalms 33:18, 22; 131:3; 147:11. We call Him our hope Psalm 71:5. He is the hope of Israel Jeremiah 14:8; 17:13. He is the hope of all the earth Psalm 65:5. The singleness of biblical hope as found in Psalm 62:5-6. The confidence in this heavenly hope should persevere in the midst of perilous circumstances. It should bring assurance of deliverance and restoration. Psalm 42:5, 11. Those who trust in human rulers are hopeless Psalm 146. This means that the “hope of God” is authentic (a living hope). I Peter 1:3.

Christ Jesus, “our great God and Savior,” is the hope of all believers. Note Titus 2:13. The “last days” are upon us. The promise of the Messiah has come I Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 1:2-3. As joint heirs with Christ Romans 8:17, Christians wait expectedly of His return I Thessalonians 1:10. The glorious manifestation that is the blessed hope Titus 2:13. It also includes resurrection into the eternal kingdom of God I Corinthians 15:19. The evidence that demands a verdict is that God will not speak and not fulfill. What He does and has spoken will come to pass.

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