Hope: considered as a verb and a noun

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 25th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Hope as a verb addresses that which is only tentative, without any real certainty. When used in the New Testament by the apostle Paul, it speaks of the expected and certain reward of eternal life for the faithful Christian.

According to the dictionary...

Webster’s 7th New Collegiate Dictionary defines the word ‘hope’ as both a verb and a noun. When defined as a verb, it is described as “to desire with expectation of fulfillment”. When described as a noun, it is described as “trust; reliance; someone or something on which one’s hopes are centered”. It goes without saying that whether the word is used as a verb or a noun, it relates to that which is a future event.

"Hope" used as a verb.

We often use the word ‘hope’ as a verb in our everyday speech.
We may say, “I hope it rains”, or “I hope everything goes well", or any number of things. Whatever the context, there is little or no assurance that what we are hoping for will come to pass. Time, people, circumstances, or other things may interfere – things over which we have no control whatsoever.

"Hope" used as a noun in the New Testament by the apostle Paul

On the other hand, in the Christian sense, hope has a very positive meaning. Only three contexts will be considered, but that should be sufficient for our discussion today.
Colossians 1:3-5a "We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven." While Paul doesn't define the word 'hope' in this particular passage, the next two passages clearly explain or define what he means by the term.
Titus 1:1-2 "Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago."
Titus 3:5-7 "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
These passages in the New Testament reveal to us that our hope is that of eternal life, based on Him who is our hope, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, making this ‘hope’ a possibility. While we might hope for things that concern this life and its everyday situations, there is no guarantee that the things hoped for will be a reality. But the ‘hope’ spoken of by the apostle Paul is a concrete thing, a certainty that will not be changed by the daily circumstances that come our way, or any tragedy or unforeseen disaster. Two things factor into this sure hope that is ours: the faithfulness of God, which cannot change, and our continued faithfulness and obedience as we pursue the Christian life and the will of God.
Pursue that which is sure, attainable, and cannot be taken away or undone by time or by the events, people, and circumstances that come our way as we live our daily lives.

All scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible.

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I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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