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AMBASSADORS OF HOPE

Updated on December 29, 2009

The Blessed Hope

“For in [this] hope we were saved. But hope [the object of hope] which is seen

Is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees?

But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.”

Romans 8:24, 25 AMP

HOPE: to expect, with confidence

Hope is an essential characteristic of the Christian life.

Hope is one of the three (3) main elements of Christian character (I Cor. 13:13).

· Faith says: I believe … “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15 The word translated “believe” in this verse is the verb form of “faith”.

· Hope says: I’m sure I believe … “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrew 11:7 KJV

· Love says: I’m so sure I believe that I am willing to commit myself to move toward it, continuously … “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs….” John 21:15-17 KJV (Compare the good Samaritan)

Believers are to be watchful.

Not being certain of His return, it is important that we be on the alert as to the possibility that He may come at anytime (Matthew 24:42).

In His parable of the foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) Jesus told of them sleeping and not being ready when the Bridegroom came (Compare James 5:7,8).

Peter warned against unbelief that could blunt the expectant spirit and cause people to say, “where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

2 Peter 3:3, 4

The believers are to use the “Hope” of Christ’s Second Coming as a motivation to work.

In His parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus reserved His condemnation for the man who did nothing, simply taking his talent and hiding it.

Let the “Blessed Hope” reign and rule in your expectation.

In 1 John 3:3 it says, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers Greece ever produced, once said this:

“Hope is a waking dream”.

Genuine “Hope” is not wishful thinking, but a firm assurance about things that are unseen and still in the future (Romans 8:24, 25; Hebrew 11:1, 7).

While holding to that “Blessed Hope” that we all share, we must remember not to lend ourselves to those things that are degrading to our souls.

Like the Hebrew midwives who defied the edict of Pharoah in Egypt.

Like Noah who labored for 100 years to build the Ark.

Like Joseph who, when confronted with the intoxicating lure of sex, ran off, leaving his clothes.

When the three (3) Hebrew boys declared, “my God is able to deliver us, but even if He don’t, we still won’t serve your god.”

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    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you coffeesnob and Abrushing1968, for your wonderful comments. They are most encouraging. I appreciate them very much.

      God Bless you

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      Aaron Rushing 

      8 years ago from USA- Florida

      Wehzo, like always very good and from the heart. There is saying that goes something like this. "The man who knows God can rejoice even in suffering. For this man is never with out hope.".

      Good Word Bro. Do More!

      In Christ

      ABR

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      Wehzo

      Love how you emphasized that hope is one of three main elements of Christian character. I know many see hope as a gift more so than an essential characteristic. I do beleive it is both. A gift in that we have been given something to grasp hold of as we journey this life and definitely as an element of Christian character. thanks for bringing this to light. wonderful hub!

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you einron for your gracious comment. Happy New Year.

      God Bless you.

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      einron 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Hope is a powerful tool in preaching the gospel and we must never lose hope. Peace.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you godpreacher, and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year.

      God Bless You.

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      godpreacher 

      8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Great and strengthening hub Wehzo,

      As AM stated hope is indeed powerful. Abraham hoped against hope, until the blessing was made manifest in his life. Keep teaching my Bro. God Bless

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year A M Werner. Thank you for your gracious comment and contribution to this hub.

      God Bless you and your family.

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      Allen Werner 

      8 years ago from West Allis

      Hope is indeed powerful - it is the anticipationg of things we believe will happen. Our Christian faith is comprised of that which we believe will happen. (Hebrews 11:1). Nice hub. Peace.

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