A brief explanation of hope. (I recently read a sermon outline that covered this topic and thought I’d share my insights.)
The standard dictionary definition of hope is to feel that something desired may happen. Take notice of the words “feel” and “may.” Both of these words are vague and indefinite. While this is the definition by which most of us use the word, it differs greatly to the biblical definition of Hope.
In the Old Testament, we see the use of Hope as to mean trust. Psalm 33:22 says, “Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” Psalm 130:7 says, “Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.” These two verses and many others throughout the Old Testament illustrate our reliance upon the trustworthiness of the Lord.
In the New Testament, we see the use of Hope as to mean an absolute, a guarantee without a doubt. Romans 5:2 says, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” We rejoice in the glory of God not with uncertainty, but with an anticipation that it’s guaranteed. Colossians 1:5 says, “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.” As Christians we know the Hope of Heaven is also not an uncertainty, but a definite guarantee. Hope is an indication of certainty; a strong and confident expectation.
Without getting too deep into a religious discussion… I will say this. When you believe that Jesus died for you, you have salvation. And when you make that decision to believe, your eternity in Heaven is secure in Jesus Christ. It is God’s guarantee, therefore guaranteeing your Hope of Heaven. Trustworthy promises from God give us Hope, and we may boast in this Hope and exhibit great boldness in our faith.