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March 27, 2013

Text: “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see,  we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:24-25

In this world hope is abundant. We all have hopes: some come true, others do not. Some are valid, others are illegitimate. Nevertheless, we all work hard to make our hopes come true. If something we hope for fails to come about, we turn our energies elsewhere.

Hope is a great Christian  concept. Eternal life is a hope that can be obtained by faith. (I Peter 1:9) Christians have hope preserved for them in heaven. (Colossians 1:5) Christ is the very heart of hope for the Christian. (Colossians 1:27) We retain a position in Christ’s family by hope. (Hebrews 3:6) Further, hope is listed with two of the other great virtues, faith and love. (I Corinthians 13:13)

Here  are some spiritual concepts which further and fortify our  attachment to heaven. The writer of Hebrews  says that God, wanting to assure us of our salvation, certified it by an oath and also by his divine person, both of which are unchangeable. (Hebrews 6:1-30) The Lord did this so that we might have “strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us”. (Hebrews 6:19b) He asserts that hope is a “…sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…” (Hebrews 6:20

There are several practical benefits of having hope.

Hope is more than a word or a wish: it is a dynamic. It provides impetus to carry out the labor to obtain what that hope is. We toil and strive to make our earthly hopes come true. It is also certain that we need a spiritual propellant to strengthen and energize us to do all that we can to reach heaven. In other words, faith and works must cooperate. In Abraham we see how faith empowers one to obtain the blessings of God.. (James 2:2:22)

Hope helps saints to fixate on their destination.  Many people wander aimlessly through this world, either not knowing or not caring about their eternal destiny. The singularity of Christ as hope gives us the certainty of the need to have an itinerary that leads to heaven. I Timothy 1:1 tells us that Christ is our hope.

Hope also provides the perseverance to endure the rigors of the Christian fight. Arm us as He does, Christ supplies the training and the armor to wage warfare against Satan as he tries to defeat us. But remember that you must do combat for yourself. Do not become a deserter or a goldbrick.  As Paul charged Timothy, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life…” (I Timothy 6:12ab)

Hope is a promise of the joy of obtaining a thing. Consider Jesus’ parable of the woman who lost one of ten coins she possessed. She cleaned her entire house until she found it. Then she invited all her friends to come to her home for a celebration, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” (Luke 15:9b) How sad to lose your heavenly home. But how joyful to be allowed to enter heavens rewards.

“Hold fast the hope set before us.”

  1. Larry permalink

    Another great article and a sermon I may use. Thanks.

  2. Where would we be without hope. It is essential.
    Great message!

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