What is Bible Hope & What is Bible Faith?

   

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Bible hope is to believe the promises of God. Bible faith is to trust God to the extent that we do what God tells us to do to receive his promise.

 

 

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What is Bible Hope & What is Bible Faith?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.

Our study is about Hope and Faith. Hope is our desire, to receive or to accomplish something, expecting its fulfillment with confidence. 1 John 3:3 says every man that hath this hope. What is this hope? Vs 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. This is our hope that we will see Jesus Christ as he is now. For the last 2000 years he is God in his glory. He is as bright as the Sun, and so we will see him as bright as the sun and we will also be like him. That is, we will also shine as the sun. This is the hope of a true Christian, who is a son of God. But most Christians hope for, God to provide their needs and wants of their health and life. 1 Cor 15:19 says If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. So, Christians are just miserable. Christians take their eternal hope for granted, as if it is already taken care of at the cross of Jesus. The only thing that is left for them to do is to die and go to heaven. It really is sad.

1 Peter 1:21 we by Jesus do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Heb 11:6... without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. That is, our faith must be in God. He is real and he is the rewarder if we seek him diligently. Then Heb 11:1 says Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. So, Faith is the substance and it is the evidence for a hope. We cannot see hope. Substance is a thing that is tangible, that can be seen, it is neither philosophy nor mind power. An evidence must be presented to prove a case. If faith is a substance and an evidence, it must be seen as proof that we have a hope. Our hope is given to us by God. The hope of the sons of God is to see Jesus Christ and to be like him on that day a/c to 1 John 3:2&3. Vs 3 says every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. God says that if we have the hope, we will purify ourselves as Jesus Christ is pure. What is to make ourselves pure? It is to remove all sins from us and to live a perfect obedient life before God. If we do that, this is the substance and evidence that others can see in us as proof for having this hope. This work of purification or rejecting sins by obeying God is imputed as our faith. So our faith is not what we say with our mouth, but it is what we do in obedience to God.

Faith has two sides. Let us look at the other side of faith that is very powerful. Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify (us) unto himself. Here we see something entirely different from what we have just learned. In 1 John we saw that we purify ourselves if we have the hope. But, in Titus Jesus Christ purifies us unto himself. Is it a contradiction? No, it is not. We purify ourselves, it is our faith. Jesus Christ purifies us, it is grace. Eph 2:8 by grace are ye saved through faith; Through our faith and his grace, together we are saved. It is like, a father asks his child to build a toy house. As his child builds the toy house, the father sits by his child helps the child to build it. The child successfully completes the toy house. So also, God tells us to purify ourselves. As we purify ourselves, God also works side by side with us and purifies us. This is bible faith.

Let us study the faith of Abraham. Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, ... 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. That is, God told him that he will be the father of many nations, through his seed Isaac. If you look in the OT, it is through Sara. Abraham and Sara, were too old to have children. Even though there is no possible hope, Abraham hoped for it, because God told him. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. That is, he did not allow the fact that he and Sara are too old and their bodies were dead to produce a baby, he did not allow the facts to hinder the plan of God. In-spite of their deadness in their physical bodies, they went ahead and had the baby, because of the promise God gave them. What they have done is called faith. Don't forget what we see in these scriptures. That is, through Isaac, Abraham will become the father of many nations and it is God's promise. Abraham remembered this. Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham did not hesitate, but obeyed God. He knows Isaac must live. So, he believed that even if he sacrifices Isaac, God will bring him back to life. So, Abraham took his knife to sacrifice Isaac. This act of sacrifice is imputed as faith of Abraham.

One important thing here is that the hope is initiated and given by God. Then his people obeyed God. This is faith. Most Christians call their own belief as faith. They plan to do something hoping that God may bail them out. But, bible faith is the trust on the promise that God has made. If it did not begin with the promise of God, may be through a verse in the Bible, it is not bible faith.

A righteous person is a just person. Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: The just person, who is a righteous person, shall live by faith. Every Tom, Dick and Harry may talk about faith, but they will not live by faith. Gal 3:11 The just shall live by faith. Rom 1:17 therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. In the faith, the righteousness of God is revealed. If a person do not have the righteousness of God, he does not have true faith. The righteousness of disobedient sinners are filthy rags. They can bluff about faith, but they cannot and will not live by faith. Only righteous people will live by faith.

There were occasions that Jesus rebuked his disciples for their little faith. What is little faith? In Matt 6:25-31 Jesus Christ was telling his disciples not to worry about what they will eat, what they will drink; how they will cloth. Then he told them in vs 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? It is actually a word of assurance for their provision as well as a gentle rebuke. Next, in Matt 8:23-26 it was disaster coming to them in the middle of the sea and they were afraid. 26 he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Again, it is an assurance of protection and a rebuke not to fear. Next, Matt 14:26-31 explain that peter walked on water by the power of God, but not by his own power. But when God appeared to let him down, Peter was afraid and doubted the power of God. Vs 31 says immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Jesus rebuked him for his doubt. Faith should not doubt God even in danger. Little faith is the faith that has worry, fear or doubt.

Let me give one more very important aspect of faith. Heb 12:1.. let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Here, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. His hope was to set down at the right hand of the throne of God. What did he do in order to receive that? He endured the cross and despised the shame. It is scripture. Vs 1&2 say let us run with patience the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus. So, we must do exactly what Jesus Christ has done. 1 Peter 2:21 says For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: We must look at the life of Jesus and follow him. His hope was to sit down at the right hand of the throne of God and so he obeyed God until his death on the cross. So, we must also obey until the end. Our hope is to see Jesus on that day. For that God tells us to purify ourselves as he is pure. Let us obey as Jesus Christ obeyed God the Father. If we do, we have faith and God will also work in us to make us pure. Then, we will see him on that day when he comes to receive us in his glory and we will also be like him in our glory.

Thank you for listening. God bless you.

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