Faith vs. Hope Part One

Faith and hope are intertwined. Do they mean the same? There are places where the two do overlap. The Bible differentiates between the two, and we should know the difference. I Corinthians 13:13 puts three words together: faith, hope and charity. There is a problem dividing faith from hope. When we approach the Bible by researching these two words, we will see both the uniqueness and similarity of them.

These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13

Hope defined an assured promise.

Faith defined: Acting out that promise.

Faith is hope in action.

Illustration: A ship anchored in the water.

The Water. It represents a sea of people floating through life.

The Ship. A believer safe on board.

The Anchor. The guaranteed hope that Christ will hold you secure. You will not drift dangerously off course.

The Road. The strong chain where one end is connected to the ship and the other to the anchor. The rode represents an action–acting in faith–Christ will hold you secure.

When the anchor and chain fall into the water reveals the guaranteed hope that the anchor will hold.

Be very sure. Be very sure

Your anchor holds and grips that solid Rock

That Rock is Jesus. The only one.

That Rock is Jesus. The only one.

Be very sure.

Be very very sure. Your anchor holds and grips that solid Rock.

This short song came to my mind as I was discussing the anchor and the chain. It is a great explanation of our lives, which might float on this earth. Ephesians 4:14 says:

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”

Yes, we are children, but we are no longer pushed back and forth by philosophers who say words of their own devices. We are not swayed by their seemingly wise teachings. It is these teachings that they use in order to ensnare us.

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