What does the Bible say about hope

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“For we are saved by hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25). Colossians 1:27 “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The Bible speaks of the “hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2; 3:7). We can look “for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Our hope is “an anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19). And 1 Peter 1:3-4 reads, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Hope is the moving force behind our activities. Sophocles stated, “It is hope which maintains, most of mankind.” Our world is one of hope! Martin Luther said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” The Bible says, “he that ploweth should plow in hope; and he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope” (1 Corinthians 9:10).

Hope of a crop encourages the farmer to drive the plow; hope of victory urges the soldier to fight; hope of winning makes the athlete run; and hope of the incorruptible crown inspires the child of God to run in the race of life (1 Corinthians 9:10).

Our hope is in God, and it is powerful! Our hope is obtained from the scriptures (Romans 15:4), and as long as there is life, there is hope. Our greatest hope is for eternal life in heaven. No matter how many times we lose in this life, we can look forward to an eternal life where we win and never lose.

 

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Heaven isn’t Made for Quitters

Did Peter quit believing after denying Jesus?

Did Moses go back to Egypt after striking the rock?

Did Noah do away with his faith after he drank too much?

Did John Mark give up on spreading the gospel after bailing out the first time?

Did Paul allow his past to keep him from serving God after he realized what he had done?

Did Thomas quit walking in the way after doubting it?

Did Abraham forget about God’s promise after his own plan failed?

Did David quit standing for what was right after doing so much wrong?

Did John the baptizer write off Jesus after a moment of insecurity?

What about us?

There are plenty of people in the Bible who threw it all away never to return to God, but there are plenty of people who fell, and fell hard, but they got back up by God’s grace. They got back up and got back in the game. We need, I need, to know about these people. God’s grace isn’t for perfect people. It’s for perfected people! And reading about these perfected people can give us hope and faith. Hope and faith that the love of God manifested through His Son is genuine. Humanity is made up of humans, and humans err, but may we never err so much that we refuse to confess it. Quit? Heaven isn’t made for the quitters – it’s made for you and me!

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)

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