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Doctrine of Hope

By rev_carolyn Dec 04, 2013 387 Words
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” The Doctrine of Christian Hope is the belief of God will protect and provide for those that accept His gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. While most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in "I hope something will happen." This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is "confident expectation." Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1, 7). Hope is a fundamental component of the life of the righteous (Proverbs 23:18). Without hope, life loses its meaning (Lamentations 3:18; Job 7:6) and in death there is no hope (Isaiah 38:18; Job 17:15). The righteous who trust or put their hope in God will be helped (Psalm 28:7), and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed (Isaiah 49:23). The righteous, who have this trustful hope in God, have a general confidence in God's protection and help (Jeremiah 29:11) and are free from fear and anxiety (Psalm 46:2-3).

Along with faith and love, hope is an enduring virtue of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 13:13), and love springs from hope (Colossians 1:4-5). Hope produces joy and peace in believers through the power of the Spirit (Romans 12:12; 15:13). Paul attributes his apostolic calling to the hope of eternal glory (Titus 1:1-2). Hope in the return of Christ is the basis for believers to purify themselves in this life (Titus 2:11-14, 1 John 3:3).

Shirley C. Guthrie, author of the class textbook, closes the book with a discussion on Christian beliefs about life and death and hope for the future. Christian hope for the present is that God will overcome the injustice in the world. Guthrie’s explanation of the Christian hope for the future is seen as being the body and soul together in eternal life.[1] He goes on to state that immortality of the soul is not Biblical while asserting that the soul is not divine but simply the mortal breath of life. Therefore, he concludes that the body and the soul are inseparable. Guthrie discusses numerous different views on the end of time and reasons that God will be present at the end of history and that God is present at the end of life for every person.  

References
1.Christian Doctrine; Shirley C. Guthrie; pages 373 - 401
2.http://www.biblesuite.com/
3.Parallel Bible

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