HOPE Hope Differs from Faith • 1 Cor. 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Definition – Pastor Jack Hayford • Strong #1680 “Hope, not in the sense of an optimistic outlook or wishful thinking with out any foundation, but in the sense of confident expectation based on solid certainty. Biblical hope rests on God’s promises, particularly those pertaining to Christ’s return. So certain is the future of the redeemed that the NT sometimes speaks of future events in the past tense, as though they were already accomplished. Hope is never inferior to faith, but is an extension of faith. Faith is the present possession of grace: hope is confidence in grace’s future accomplishment.” Hope is NOT a wish I hope I win the lottery. I hope Dad will give me a new convertible sports car for my 16th birthday. I hope Kay and I can take a three month world tour this year. How Hope Differs from Faith • Primarily in the future where faith is in the present. • Hebrews 11:1, 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.(NLT) • Hope is a prophetically true statement. Old Hymn • My Hope is Built on Nothing Less My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus ‘blood and righteousness; • I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus name. • On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand. Contrast – Those who have NO Hope • Eph. 2:11-12 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)—remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. John Gill quote from Philo • hence it is manifest that one without hope is not reckoned a man, but a beast in an human form; since he is destitute of hope, which is the property of the human soul;'' • Contrast – Our Hope IN Christ • Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. • Eph 1: 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. • 1. Personal Return of Jesus • John 14: 1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Seven (7) parts of the Hope that we have in Jesus. 2. Resurrection of our Bodies • 1 Peter 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. • Revelation 20: 6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. • Acts 23: 6hen Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead." 3. Restoration of Loved Ones in Christ. 1 Thess 4:13-18 • 13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. • 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. Restoration of Loved Ones in Christ (continuted) • 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words. 4. Fellowship with the Saved. • . 1 Thess 2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 5. We are Presented to God. • A) Spotless – Eph. 5: 27and to present her(church) to himself (Jesus) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. • B) In Glory-Col. 1: 27 To them (the Saints) God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 6. Our Hope is Eternal LifeTo Know Him • A) Know God – John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. • B) 1 Cor. 13: 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see (HIM) face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 7. Our Inheritance in Heaven • 1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. The Holy City – The New Jerusalem • Revelation 21: 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21:4 • 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." • NO MORE – No Tears, No Crying, No Pain, No Sickness, No Stress, No Problems, No Worries, No Weakness, No Sin, No Temptation, No Death. THAT IS MY HOPE!!!!!!!!!! AND IT IS ALL IN JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Two Scriptures in Conclusion • Jer. 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. • Ps 31: 24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.