Posted by: missionventureministries | July 27, 2016

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF HOPE IN THE BIBLE? – Romans 15:13

What is the meaning of hope in the Bible

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) 

When the Bible talks about ‘hope’, it is not talking about wishful thinking; it is talking about trusting God.   

Many people may say “I hope” when they really mean “I wish”. Therefore, let us take a look what hope means to the Christian. Biblical hope is a certainty, not a probability. Because, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. (Psalm 62:5) 

Hope is real because it is founded on faith in the factual content of the Holy Scriptures. 

Biblical hope becomes possible when there is belief in the living God who acts and intervenes in human life and who can be trusted to keep His promises. 

Hope is the certain expectation of the future reality of God’s blessings, based upon the manifestation of the activities of God’s faithful actions, as revealed in the Bible. 

The word “hope” in the Bible expresses confidence and assurance concerning the future because it’s based on God’s promises, character and faithfulness. Hope is to look forward to something with a feeling of expectation and confidence. A Christian always knows they have hope because they have God in their heart and hope is always at the forefront of their thoughts. 

What does hope encompass for the believer? Hope in Christ is not limited to this world, but for eternity because He is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1).  

Being Christ’s disciple bears with it the hope of sharing in His glory (Ephesians 1:18), which is already stored up for the believer in heaven (Colossians 1:5) and will take place when the Lord is revealed at His coming (1 Peter 1:13). 

Christians can be sure of this hope because God’s promises are sure and our faith and hope are in God (1 Peter 1:21) 

Also because “hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5) 

Remember faith and hope are inseparable. When you have faith, you have hope and vice versa. In fact, they are bound together with love, which covers all (1 Corinthians 13:13). 

Hope is God’s gift to us, which is: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) 

In other words, a biblical hope is never an escape from reality or from problems and it doesn’t leave us idle.  

Hope gives us joy and peace as our verse states: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) 

Hope protects us: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 33:18) 

It gives us strength and courage: “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24)  

God is called “the God of Hope.” This means He is the source of all real hope. If we are going to have hope as a confident expectation, it must come from Him for He alone has the power to give it. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)  

If you have not accepted Christ, you are without God and without hope. And “at that time you were without Christ … and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:12)  

For us to have hope we need to know the Word of God. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) 

Hope depends on knowing and resting in God’s Grace. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)  

And again Romans 15:13 stresses that hope depends on the Spirit-filled life, so “that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19) 

Do you have that hope that God promises you? Does your life prove it? Has this hope changed who you are, what you value, and what you are doing with your life? 

As believers we are to be “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13) and “and everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure” (1 John 3:3)

 

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