In the New Testament there are three adjectives descriptive of hope: Good, Blessed and Living.
Hebrews 7:19, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.”
Listen: There is hope in victory over sin, self and Satan.
Some believe that the rapture will be the end of all hope, and that we do not need it. Well, I do not believe that statement has any scriptural authority. I believe we will have hope of learning and seeing more in Heaven, and we will not know everything all at once.
Zechariah 9:12, “Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee.”
Jeremiah said “Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope (refuge).
David said in his troubled hour in Psalm 71:4-5, “Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
- Hope is eternal.
Hope is the last thing that dies, when everything else is gone. But never violates the scripture. Never hope against scriptural principles.
In 1 Corinthians 13:13 Hope is not mentioned as the most important, but is in top three: faith, hope & charity.
Hope believes that one day the cancer will be gone.
Hope is for the deaf to believe one day hear again.
Hope is for the blind to see again.
Hope is for the cripple to walk again.
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!