9/6/2020 0 Comments
Welcome my friends.
During our post for August 2, 2020, I told you that I would post on the topic of 'Biblical Hope'.
Today, Sunday, September 6, 2020, let me fulfill that promise.
A Topic for Encouragement - 'Biblical Hope'.
What exactly is this thing know as a 'Christian’s hope, even in these perilous times?? [Esther 4:14; 2 Timothy 3:1]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Most people understand the word, 'hope', as 'wishful thinking', as in "I hope something will happen." This is not what the Bible means by 'hope'. Get ready to be - encouraged!
The biblical definition of hope is having a 'confident expectation.' 'Hope' is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown, based on our faith in the Word of God and in God. (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1, 7). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
'Hope' is a fundamental component of the life of the righteous (Proverbs 23:18). Without 'hope', life loses its meaning (Lamentations 3:18; Job 7:6) and in death there is 'no hope' (Isaiah 38:18; Job 17:15). The righteous who trust or put their hope in God will be helped (Psalm 28:7), and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed (Isaiah 49:23). The righteous, who have this trustful hope in God, have a general confidence in God’s protection and help (Jeremiah 29:11) and are free from fear and anxiety (Psalm 46:2-3).
The New Testament idea of hope is the recognition that in Christ is found the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises (Matthew 12:21, 1 Peter 1:3). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Christian hope is rooted in faith in the divine salvation in Christ (Galatians 5:5).
Hope of Christians is brought into being through the presence of the promised Holy Spirit (Romans 8:24-25). It is the future hope of the resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6), the promises given to Israel (Acts 26:6-7), the redemption of the body and of the whole creation (Romans 8:23-25), eternal glory (Colossians 1:27), eternal life and the inheritance of the saints (Titus 3:5-7), the return of Christ (Titus 2:11-14), transformation into the likeness of Christ (1 John 3:2-3), the salvation of God (1 Timothy 4:10) or simply Christ Himself (1 Timothy 1:1).
The certainty of this blessed future is guaranteed through the indwelling of the Spirit (Romans 8:23-25), Christ in us (Colossians 1:27), and the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:26). Hope is produced by endurance through suffering (Romans 5:2-5) and is the inspiration behind endurance (1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:11). Those who hope in Christ will see Christ exalted in life and in death (Philippians 1:20). Trustworthy promises from God give us hope (Hebrews 6:18-19), and we may boast in this hope (Hebrews 3:6) and exhibit great boldness in our faith (2 Corinthians 3:12). By contrast, those who do not place their trust in God are said to be without hope (Ephesians 2:12, 1 Thessalonians 4:13).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Along with faith and love, hope is an enduring virtue of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 13:13), and love springs from hope (Colossians 1:4-5). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Hope produces joy and peace in believers through the power of the Spirit (Romans 12:12; 15:13). Paul attributes his apostolic calling to the hope of eternal glory (Titus 1:1-2).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Hope in the return of Christ is the basis for believers to purify themselves in this life (Titus 2:11-14, 1 John 3:3).
Life is so much greater with 'Christian hope'. I pray you have it, and that it is well with your soul!. Amen. Amen.
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