No Hope, No Faith

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope…”Rom. 8:24a.

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*Hope, the confident expectation of good; “…there is none good but one, that is , God.” Mark 10:18. I interpret that to mean hope is the confident expectation in the goodness of God for he alone is good.  The more I know Him, the more certain is my hope. Hope that’s born out of faith has its anchor set in believing, “…God…is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1.

“Now faith is the substance of things…God’s approval-by it the elders obtained a good report…Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…11:3; By faith Abel…obtained witness that he was righteous…11:4;By faith Enoch…pleased God…11:5; By faith we, ”…believe that he is…”11:6.

“…of things hoped for…that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…11:6; By faith, Noah…became heir of the righteousness which is by faith…11:7; By faith Abraham…should… receive…an inheritance…a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” 11:8,10.

“…the evidence …Faith does not fear, them which kill the body…but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell…Matt. 10:28; By faith Moses…was hid three months of his parents…they were not afraid of the king’s commandment…Heb. 11:23; Faith chooses, rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season…11:25; By faith…he endured…11:28.

“…evidence of things not seen…These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…11:13.By faith…he endured, as seeing him who is invisible…11:28

Hebrews 11:32-40 lists the valiant victories of faith over the world.  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off…For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeith that Jesus is the Son of God…1John 5:4,5.

One is our hope, the “…Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.” 1Tim. 1:1. If you have no hope, you have no faith. “…without faith it is impossible to please him…” Heb. 11:6. But for those who, “…believe he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…11:6; Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begtotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time…Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:3-5,8-9.

Praying,  if you are without hope, you seek God diligently, that you might know him. He is your reward. If you do know Jesus Christ as you hope, remember the promises of God are not that far off, embrace them and be fully persuaded of them. He is your reward.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “No Hope, No Faith

  1. I completely agree. We can’t have faith without hope. Hope is a stepping stone to faith. I’ve always enjoyed the quote, “Hope is wishing for something to happen, and faith is believing it will.”

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