Psalm 119 – Part 22 B
September 29, 2013
God’s Love IN You
October 1, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 22 B
September 29, 2013
God’s Love IN You
October 1, 2013

Saved into a Place of Hope

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth,
why doth he yet hope for? Romans 8:24

At first glance, it might seem there is a conflict between what Paul said in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

However, it doesn’t conflict.Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) “We are saved,” is better translated “we were saved” since the verb is aorist past, meaning the action occurred in the past with enduring results.

Our faith works through hope. Our salvation puts us in a state of hope. This is confirmed by Paul’s idea of we hope for what we can’t see. It is something yet to occur. Hope is an integral part of our faith. This hope is not the same as wishing. This hope is based on the Word of God. We place our hope in Christ, the anchor of our hope.

God has placed us in this hope. We don’t yet see the totality of all that we hope. If we already had what we hoped for, then we wouldn’t need to hope any longer. If we could see it with our physical eyes, we would no longer hope for it. Hope is seeing it with our spiritual eyes and putting our faith in what hope we see.

Our faith becomes the action behind our hope. It is evidence of the things we hope for and yet not seen by our physical eyes. We hope with creation for the total redemption spirit, soul, and body. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)