Confusion Concerning Christian Hope

The reason our hope fails is based in the fact that our concept of hope is wrong. We need to know what Christian hope is and is not.

 

Christian Hope Is…

Not dependent on another person/group of people–It is dependent upon the Lord alone

Not wishful thinking, vague longing, trying to fulfill a dream–it is assured, unchangeable, and absolute

Not determined by circumstances, events, or abilities–determined by what is already secured and promised

Not merely a desire–delayed fulfillment of reality

Not dependent on the stars, luck, chance, or timing-predestined and settled in the heart and mind of God

 

Notice Ephesians 1:11: “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”

Why is it so hard to have hope?

Do we live by the saying: “Seeing is believing?” If hope is so good, we want to see it. Yet we call ourselves “faith people.” Doubting Thomas was like this. He refused to have hope that Jesus had been resurrected and seen by the apostles. Notice his statement:

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

When Jesus appeared a week later, doubting Thomas became believing Thomas for he saw with his own eyes. This is evident by his response: “My Lord and my God!” Note Jesus’ response: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.” John 20:25-29. Jesus loved Thomas so much that He revealed Himself to Thomas.

Are we walking in faith when it comes to our hope? On the other hand, are we really walking by sight? Note with me Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Not seen–yet hoped for. The NASB says the following: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Notice the word “assurance.” It is not a dead promise. It is alive and powerful. Let us look at the original Greek language of this verse. I desire that you grasp this verse so that your faith may grow.

Christ is not simply the ground upon which it is based, but the sphere and element in which the hope is placed. Assurance. Even so, faith (pistis noun) (belief, fidelity.) Assurance is used once in the NASB. It means persuasion, credence, moral conviction of religious truth. The truthfulness of God. It is reliance upon Christ for salvation. It is also abstract constancy in such profession.

When it comes to confidence, that which stands, foundation beginning, leads one. Substance has to do with the very image. As can be seen in these meanings of the original language, this is a loaded verse.

 

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