2.25 - Hope

Hello and welcome to season 2 episode 25 of The Berean Manifesto, brought to you by The Ekklesian House.  This is Pastor Bill and over the next 10 minutes or so, probably under that, we are going to talk about hope.

On The Berean Manifesto podcast, we spend a lot of time talking about love and covering topics that fall under the category of faith, but we don’t really spend a lot of time talking specifically about hope.  Romans 5 tells us that hope is produced or created. Verses 3-4 read, “[3]...we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, [4]endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”  In the original language that, “proven character,” is the word:

G1382 δοκιμή dokimē dok-ee-may' From the same as G1384; test (abstractly or concretely); by implication trustiness: - experience (-riment), proof, trial.

So proof, or proven character, or experience creates hope.

There are two words for hope in the New Testament, they are the words elpizō and elpis.  Elpizō is:

G1679 ἐλπίζω elpizō el-pid'-zo From G1680; to expect or confide: - (have, thing) hope (-d) (for), trust.

For our purposes, we’ll call this Hope-B, and then there is the word that this first one comes from:

G1680 ἐλπίς elpis el-pece' Fromἔλπω elpō which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: - faith, hope.

We’ll call this Hope-A.  These designations will help us in this episode as we look at some scriptures that tell us about hope so that we can keep straight exactly what is being said, whether it’s Hope-A, confident expectation, or Hope-B, trust.

In Romans 5:3-4 that we read earlier, that’s Hope-A, confident expectation.  Let’s read that again, but start at verse 1, “[1] Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope(-A, confident expectation) of the glory of God. [3] And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, [4] endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope(-A, confident expectation).

Just for a moment we’re going to follow that comment in verse 2 about our confident expectation of the glory of God and look at Romans 8:18-25, “[18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. [19] For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God's sons to be revealed. [20] For the creation was subjected to futility-not willingly, but because of him who subjected it-in the hope(-A, confident expectation) [21] that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God's children. [22] For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. [23] Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits-we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. [24] Now in this hope(-A, confident expectation) we were saved, but hope(-A, confident expectation) that is seen is not hope(-A confident expectation), because who hopes(-B, trusts) for what he sees? [25] Now if we hope(-B, trust) for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”

“In this (confident expectation)(of the glory to come) we were saved, but (confident expectation) that is seen is not (confident expectation), because who (trusts) for what he sees?”  In the same vein Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped(-B, trusted) for, the proof of what is not seen.” Faith, this thing of being fully persuaded, this thing of belief that when placed in Christ we know as the basis of our salvation is realized through a confident expectation of what’s to come and trust.  Faith is like stopping at railroad tracks when the lights blink and the arms come down, there’s no sign of a train, but you stop anyway. You have hope, a confident expectation, that the train is going to come based off of your experience. You trust what you’re seeing to mean that the train is coming so you faith, you stop. Without hope, there is no faith.

A couple of final thoughts here.  1 Peter 3:15 says, “...in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope(-A, confident expectation) that is in you.”  When we share the gospel, love should be our motivation, hope should be the bedrock of our message; that confident expectation, that trust should be the bedrock of our message, then faith being the ultimate result of our efforts.  If we lead with faith to someone who has no concept of faith, we run the risk of inspiring confusion. Instead, we should let the Holy Spirit lead us in love so that we can bring hope and explain what this hope is so that others can grasp faith and be fully persuaded.

And lastly Romans 5:5.  We’re going to end up here in the end where we started, but with the last verse of that paragraph.  We read Romans 5:1-4, here’s number 5, “This hope(-A, confident expectation) will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  We recently talked again, specifically about love.  Through hope we find and sustain faith. In faith we receive the Holy Spirit who pours out God’s love into our hearts.  Faith, hope, and love are inexorably linked and dependent upon each-other.

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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