Hope

Your hope is only as strong as the object of your hope.

It’s easy to be discouraged with all the problems in the world and all the hurting people around us not to mention our own problems.

It seems as if all hope is lost, who can possibly rescue the situation?

Our hope is not in the presence or absence of problems. Our hope is to be in the One who calls us to an unproblematic world. As long as we are in a fallen world our hope will be tested, our hope is in another world.

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? (Romans 8:24)

Hope saves us and our hope comes later. If you are looking for a cessation of problems in this life as evidence of faith or the presence of God, you are missing the entire point. Our hope is later, in a place that cannot be tainted with rust, moth or thievery.

Hope is a way of life, it’s the true source of joy. It’s what allows us to persevere and stand for things that the world hates. Hope is the vital center of faith, so much so that faith and hope are used interchangeably (we’re saved by faith and hope).

Where is your hope? Make sure it’s in the right thing as it will shape your entire life.

6 thoughts on “Hope”

  1. If we can’t offer hope to others then truly, why are we here? Isn’t that what knowing Jesus is about?

    I really do enjoy your writing.

    Pam

  2. Thanks Pam,
    Paul says it best, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
    1 Corinthians 15:19

  3. Well, I can’t imagine anything more miserable really, than living in this hopeless world and not knowing Jesus.

    Pam

  4. When you point to “For by hope we are saved…” hopefully you understand that Paul is referring to a temporal hope and not a hope that saves in the same way faith does. No interchanging there.

    Hope is an important fruit of faith, and while you can easily move from one to the other while talking about either, you cannot interchange them anywhere. While, on one level, it sounds nice in a warm fuzzy daily devotional, on another level, it’s not accurate.

    While it does say, “For by hope we have been saved”, Paul is concluding his remarks in which he tells us in what way we are saved by hope. Temporally. Hope that has no value without the assurance of faith. No interchanging there.

    Paul describes the “hope that saves” as a fruit, a product of faith that is saving us here and now in our anxious longing and graoning during our subjection to futility and corruption. He is not proposing in any of his writings that they are interchangeable and is always talking specifically about one or the other.

    If he were to interchange the word “hope” with “faith” there he would be wrongly characterizing faith. Faith does not rule out seeing. Jesus did signs and wonders to be seen and produce faith. Hope does rule out seeing. Hope and faith are vastly different in some respects.

    The understanding that you showed last night at bible study when you kept saying “that’s what it says, ‘by hope we are saved'” is not nearly satisfactory. If we were to look at other isolated verses that way, and say ‘because that’s what it says”, such as,”…if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?”, we could conclude that faith requires works because that’s what it says. I think your warm very fuzzy devotional is nice until you try to interchange the two words and suggest that Paul does.

  5. Hope is an aspect of faith. It’s faith in the future. Yes they are different as they are two different words, but they are also closely tied to each other.

    Hope and faith are both based in what is not seen–we walk by faith not by sight, faith comes by hearing, no one got saved by watching a miracle. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Romans 8:24 still maintains that it is this hope that we have as our salvation, whether you translate a difficult Greek participle as “in” or “by.” The fact is that they are very closely linked. That’s my point.

    You can’t have faith without hope as hope is what makes up faith (Hebrews 11:1). I’m more than willing to agree with your point that faith and hope are not interchangeable, that was overstated, a mistake that requires me to rely on the hope I have that some day I won’t make those any more.

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