Biblical Hope

J. D. Conley
July 31, 2016

Biblical hope must not be equated with the way hope is used in the modem vernacular. The world views hope as being synonymous with wishful thinking, chance, luck, happenstance, serendipity, etc. Endless are the hopes of mankind, e.g., long life, good health, peace of mind, happiness, wealth, friends, family and so forth.

But Biblical hope has nothing to do with wishful thinking, nor is it divided into multiple channels. When Paul wrote to the Ephesus church he told them, " are called in one hope of your calling" (Ephesians 4:4). Thus Biblical hope is singular in nature, but what is it?

Unlike worldly hope, Biblical hope is not holding your breath and crossing your fingers wanting something to come true. Instead, it is the genuine expectation that something will come true and cannot not come true. What is that something? What is the "one hope of [our] calling?" Its our eternal salvation made possible by Christ. Consider the different ways in which Paul worded this one hope:

It Is The Hope Of The Resurrection From The Dead. Christians are on their way, not to death, but to life! (cf. Acts 23:6; 1Thessalonians 4:13; 1Peter 1:3; 1John 3:3; 1Corinthians 15:19).

It Is The Hope Of Righteousness. Obedience to the Gospel of Christ, makes justification with God a reality. Obedience puts one into a right relationship with God, (Galatians 5:5).

It Is The Hope Of Eternal Life. Not only will life never end, but the quality of life will be far better than mortal life here. When one speaks of eternal life, its not only the life God offers, but it is also the life He lives! The one hope of Christians is to share the life of God (Titus 1:2; 3:7)!

It Is The Hope Of Christ's Second Coming. The faithful child of God anxiously awaits the glorious appearing of Christ in the clouds, for that is when history will end and eternal life begins (Titus 2:13; 1Peter 1:13; 1John 3:3).

May Our Biblical Hope Remain Steadfast!