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. 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.
1.Christian Doctrine; Shirley C. Guthrie; pages 373 - 401