Do you Hope in Christ?

Hope and faith are two different things.  Hope is the eager desire for something to happen, whereas faith is the confidence that it will.  Do you hope that Jesus will claim you as His own on that Day?  Or do you have the confidence that He already has claimed you as His own?   A person can hope many things, but the Bible teaches us that salvation comes through faith in Christ alone.  This question should make one take a long pause reflect upon our salvation. 

For by Grace are you saved, through faith…. (Ephesians 2:8)

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3 Comments on “Do you Hope in Christ?”

  1. Tommy Tee Says:

    Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in “I hope something will happen.” This is not what the Bible means by hope. The Biblical definition of hope is “confident expectation.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1,7). 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)

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hi Tommy,
      Thanks for stopping by. The point I was trying to make is summed up nicely in your first sentence, “Most people understand hope as wishful thinking”. That is precisely what I was trying to challenge folks to meditate on. Do I just have a “gee, I sure hope Jesus helps me out” attitude about salvation? Or do I have a “I cling to Christ and His work on the Cross, confident because He who promised is faithful” attitude about salvation? Just hoping for help is far different than the faith described in Romans 4 as saving faith. In that chapter, the faith of the believer is compared to that of Abraham. When we read of Abraham, we see he completely believed God. He took God at His word and had confident expectation in fulfillment, he did not have a hope or indulge in wishful thinking. How the Bible uses the word “hope” doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the challenge I was trying to present, so I think maybe I failed to make the thought clear (which is why I am trying to clarify now).

      Having said that, I think you bring up an interesting point regarding the Biblical use of the word “hope”. Westminster Theological Dictionary describes “hope” as an eager anticipation of the fulfillment of God’s purposes. In the original language, I find two different words being translated as “hope” in the New Testament. The one used the most often falls in line with your definition and the other more in line with how we modern folks would define hope. The more common definition seems to be very similar in meaning to the word faith, except that faith has an element of reliance added to confident expectation. It would be interesting to study all words used for these concepts and how they compare/contrast with each other.

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  2. revivalandreformation Says:

    I hope you’re telling the truth, but have faith that you are…ha! Anyway, yes you are right. Those who light candles in churches, bless themselves, throw “holy” water around and what not, are hoping that their ritual will work and somehow at the end of it all, they will be saved. Those of us, who have been chosen by God for His purposes, know for a fact that through Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, we are saved and going to heaven one day. This is our assurance, our guarantee and our faith. Bless you bro!

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