This is a revised re-post of a message posted over two years ago and 56,000 Blog views later. This was before politicians took the word HOPE and perverted it into his campaign slogan. This is one of my most-read posts so I thought it deserved a fresh look at this beginning of the New Year, 2009.
Let us look at Real Hope.
For centuries man has misunderstood or misinterpreted many words in God’s Holy Scripture. “Scholars” debate the meanings of Biblical words and we must determine whether such interpretations are errors or truth. If errors, whether they are accidental or deliberate. Let’s take the wonderful and exhilarating word “Hope” and see if we can understand it. Of course this writing will be an abbreviated explanation of the word but it is a start.
One may say, “I hope it will not rain today.” “I hope my car will start when I have an emergency.” “I hope my children will grow up to be great citizens.” “I hope. I hope. I hope.”
The standard dictionary definition, and one that is generally accepted by most of the world is “to FEEL that something desired MAY happen:” The words “feel” and “may” are two very indefinite words, but such a definition of “hope” exemplifies the thinking of most people today.
The dictionary definition of the word “hope” is NOT the Biblical Hope of which we speak.
Let us investigate the Old and New Testament meanings of the word “Hope.”
Here is ne of many uses of the word Hope in the Old Testament:
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.”
Here we see a Hebrew word “towcheleth“ but with root meaning “expectation.” These and many, many more verses illustrate the Psalmist’s reliance upon the trustworthiness of the Lord God Almighty. The Lord CAN be trusted. He WILL keep His promises.
Now, in the New Testament we see the word “Hope” in many verses. This word “Hope” is an absolute, a guarantee without a doubt. It is the Greek word “elpis” meaning “to expect or anticipate with pleasure.”
“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;“
The Hope of Heaven is not a maybe — but an absolute and definite guarantee by the Word of the Truth of the Gospel.
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
Read that carefully! Eternal life — guaranteed and promised by the God of the Universe. He cannot lie.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
Every believer in Jesus Christ may look with confidence to the glorious appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ. No doubt!
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
We are Justified by God’s grace, guaranteed — Rendered innocent or free by God’s Grace, eternal life guaranteed!
As you read this, I want you to have that Hope or guarantee personally. God offers you this by His Grace.
Just briefly, no one deserves to live in Heaven or have eternal life with the perfectly Righteous God (Revelation 21:27). We are all sinners by nature and deed. Simply put, we have all sinned and come short of the mark of God’s absolute righteousness (Romans 3:23). All sin requires a death penalty payment that must be paid — and that penalty is spiritual death, being apart from God in Hell (Romans 4:23).
By God’s Grace and Love He Himself provided a Sin Bearer in the person of Jesus Christ who was crucified for our sin, was buried and rose again. This Grace is available to the whole world — including you personally (John 3:16). It is not determined by how good you are — or how hard you try — or by your good works, but by Grace alone — which means “undeserved mercy.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
How can we KNOW that God’s promise of Hope is real?
1 John 5:13
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
You can KNOW. God promises Heaven, the Hope (guarantee) of eternal life is when you trust that Jesus paid the death penalty in your place. He promises — and all you need do is to trust Jesus as your Savior. Please believe His Word — He died for you.
If you have never trusted Jesus alone as your Savior, do that right now. Believe His promises of eternal life which are yours the moment you trust Jesus as YOUR Savior.
Read, remember and believe this:
Jesus died — That’s history. Jesus died for ME — that’s salvation.
When you make that simple decision, your eternity in Heaven is secure in Jesus Christ. It is God’s guarantee, thus your HOPE of Heaven is guaranteed eternal. You are immediately declared righteous before a Holy God with no possibility of losing His Gift of salvation. Eternal life is ETERNAL — without end, beginning the moment you trust Christ as your personal Savior.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek [gentile].”
Please, trust Jesus Christ as your Savior NOW! God has no strings attached! Claim that wonderful HOPE — His eternal Gift..
Good thoughts. A detailed study of God’s Word reveals so much as your comments show.
It must be terrible right now for those who have never trusted Christ as Savior… And even worse when they depart this earth.
Every single person on earth has the same chance I had… and I thank the Lord I received Christ as my Savior.
Faith alone in Jesus alone is the ONLY way of salvation.
Thanks for the good thoughts
In Christ eternally,
Great point about our Savior being trustworthy! So often the Bible speaks of believing on the NAME of the Lord Jesus for our eternal salvation, (i.e: 1 Jn.5:13) & I can’t help but think of how important names were in the Scriptures! Today, parents may name their kids for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they may especially like a certain name, or the name is popular, or maybe it is a family name. But in Bible times, often a person’s name represented their character. A good example of that is the foolish Nabal, Abigail’s wicked husband (see 1 Sam. 25). His name means “foolish!” But positively, our Lord Jesus’ name means “God is salvation!” So, to bel;ieve in, or rely on the Name of Jesus is basically to trust in His holy character to do what He has promised! How wonderful He is!! No wonder we have REAL Hope in Him ALONE! May the Lord bless you!
Good contrast… Thanks
The question would be — who do you trust? Christ or the BO man? No contest!
Our Savior IS trustworthy.
In Christ eternally,
Let’s see “…Obama’s HOPE or our Lord and Savior’s HOPE?” NO contest…………….not even remotely close.
Thanks, jack……..beautiful post!! xxxx
Herm and Tom, Thanks,
True, we have no better guide than God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
In Christ eternally,
Indeed, Jack, we should never put our hope in any person, for people will, or can, always let you down. My pastor says “I hope you’re not just coming to church to hear me” and much as I like to listen to him every Sunday he’s right.
Jack, such a wonderful Post. The hope you speak of doesn’t reside in wealth, or power, or potentates. It given to us freely as a guarantee and gift toward spending eternity with the greatest of gifts, Jesus Christ. Such hope, and the world at large rejects it. How I love the Lord Jesus for giving me, the greatest of sinners, such hope in his mercy, grace and love. God Bless, Herm
Thanks for stopping by.
Your Hope in Jesus Christ will never fail…
Those who have their hope in Obama will be sorely disappointed.. if they aren’t dismissed, ignored and trampled upon first.
The world is looking for a false savior — Believers in Christ are looking for the Real Savior, Jesus Christ whom we trust for our eternity.
Even so Come Lord Jesus.
That would make the best New Year ever — the best to you and yours for 2009.
Indeed what you write about is real hope.
Many years ago I stopped living the way I did and put my trust – and hope – in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. While I stay engaged in the world I am not of the world (Rom 12:12).
The cult worship surrounding Obama is indeed disturbing. It’s all fine to admire a politician or person, but other people will always let you down. Only He provides the living water that quenches thirst eternally.
Hope you and yours had a nice Christmas. Here’s to 2009!