“…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” -Ephesians 1:18
The sermon this past Sunday was on the end of Ephesians 1, and something that really stuck out to me was hope. So many times, we use the word hope without absolute certainty…”I hope the Patriots will win the Super Bowl this year” or “I hope that it won’t rain this weekend.”
But the Biblical view of hope is so confident, and I had never thought about it before! In Ephesians 1:18, Paul talks about us knowing the “hope of His calling.” But is His calling “maybe going to happen” or “uncertain?” No! His calling is sure. There’s confidence in it.
Hebrews 6:11 says, “and we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end.” Full assurance of hope! That’s doesn’t sound like something we’re to be uncertain about! The chapter goes on to say, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil (verse 19).”
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So often, people come under the misunderstanding that our faith is blind, but nothing can be farther from the truth! Our faith is sure, it is supported, and it is true…it is not blind! My favorite definition of faith is “well reasoned trust.” In verse 1, hope is compared to our faith. Our faith is confident and sure, and so is our hope…it is part of faith. And if our faith is well reasoned trust and a sure thing, than why shouldn’t our hope be the same?
In Genesis, when God led Abraham over and over again to do things that required great faith, Abraham had faith…he knew that God had a greater purpose in mind and that He was in control. But he also had hope…a confident expectation that God would keep His promises.
So, what is our hope as Christians? Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Our hope is in Who God is…He is faithful and He is good. He will never leave or forsake us. Our hope is a confident expectation of God to stick to His promises.
The sermon on Sunday really got me thinking about how I view hope. While most of this might be something you already know, ponder it carefully. Our hope is in our assurance of Who Christ is…blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!