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Names of Jesus: Our Hope
Jesus Christ is Our Hope. Hope is a joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation. Through Christ, all who believe in Him receive eternal salvation, are welcomed into a personal relationship with God, and are given the Holy Spirit. Our hope in Jesus should shape our focus, our lives, and all we do and say. This hope is not a passive hope, but a confidence in the future He promised to those who hold to faith.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,1 Timothy 1:1 NKJV
- Hope – G1680 – elpis
- joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of [a]God! Therefore the world does not know [b]us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.1 John 3:1-3 NKJV
Jesus gives us hope through the Word
Hope in Christ leads to many things in the life of a believer. We must first come to know Jesus and believe in Him as Savior. The Truth about Christ is revealed through the Word of God, and we should diligently seek to learn and understand the wisdom and knowledge revealed to us through Scripture, which gives us hope. Those who are believers have the Holy Spirit to guide them into the Truth so that they may learn and understand, and then know what to do with the Truth they have learned. As we allow God to guide us through His Word, revealing to us what He knows needs to be revealed at any given time, our hope in Christ will grow as well.
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the [a]patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.Romans 15:4 NKJV
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV
Jesus is Our Hope for Redemption
As we trust in Jesus, place our hope in Him, and grow in faith through the Word, we learn more about our redemption through Jesus Christ. Jesus is our hope for redemption – it is through Him we can be saved. There is salvation for those who believe that Jesus is the One and Only Son of God who came to earth and lived a sinless human life, fully man and fully God, went to the cross to die a horrendous death that we ourselves deserved, paying the debt for our sins, and then 3 days later rose from the dead, later ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God.
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.John 5:24 NKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.John 3:16-17 NKJV
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.Titus 2:11-14 ESV
Our hope in Christ leads to salvation, which will impact us in this life, but its full benefit will be experienced in eternity. Redemption reconciles us to God so that we can have a personal relationship with Him through our faith in Christ, and then prepares us for the hope ahead in eternity when we can be with Him forever. When we place our hope in Him, it is not only for this life, but for all time. Our focus should be on our eternal fate, and our hope in Christ will help us to live today for the hope we have for tomorrow.
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,[a] you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children[b] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.1 Thessalonians 5:1-10 ESV
22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. 23 Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.Romans 8:22-25 CSB
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
Jesus is Our Hope for Spiritual Life
Our hope is found in eternity, not in earthly, temporal things. When we focus on Christ as our hope, the veil over our hearts is removed and we are given access to God through Christ. With this unveiling, we are given spiritual life through the indwelling of God’s own Spirit. With the help of His Spirit we are able to discern the difference between eternal and temporal things, and also learn to see worldly things with eternity in mind.
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2 Corinthians 3:12-17 NKJV
5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as [a]a guarantee.2 Corinthians 5:5 NKJV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV
Jesus is Our Hope of Freedom
Through our hope in Jesus, we gain freedom from the bondage of sin over us. Through the power of Jesus, the control of sin over our lives is broken and we are able, with the help of the Spirit, to resist sin and temptations. Through our hope in Jesus, we also gain freedom from fear, anxiety, and anger and we have free access to His peace, joy, and strength in all circumstances.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23 ESV
Through this freedom, we are able to choose the path Christ has for us. As we grow in faith and are sanctified by His Spirit, we learn to let Christ rule our lives and lead us in this new freedom we have in Him. When we allow Christ to rule our lives, we live with eternity in mind, strive to make a Kingdom impact, and use our freedom to draw others out of bondage to sin and toward this freedom found through faith and hope in Jesus.
Stand[a] fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.Galatians 5:1 NKJV
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.Galatians 5:13 NKJV
Jesus is Our Hope in Holy Living
Those who have the Spirit living in them have been given the gift of new life because of their hope in Jesus. The Spirit makes you new, and begins the sanctifying work of transforming you according to the righteousness of God. As the Holy Spirit works in you, and you grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Word, you will learn how to live the life God has called you to because of your hope in Christ.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
22 to take off[a] your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed[b] in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on[c] the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.Ephesians 4:22-24 CSB
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.2 Corinthians 5:9-10 NKJV
13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.1 Peter 1:13 CSB
Our hope, or confident expectation, in what is ahead should lead us to focus on what our hope is in, and to prepare for it. If our hope is in Christ, and we confidently expect the eternal promises ahead, then we are called to do what is pleasing to Christ in this life, knowing that one day we will give account for what we do while we wait for Christ to return and eternity to begin. As we learn and grow through the Word and the Spirit, we should live what we learn. We should also lead others in the Truth as the Spirit guides us to do.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces [b]perseverance; 4 and perseverance, [c]character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:1-5 NKJV
12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.Romans 12:12 CSB
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23 ESV
9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and [a]labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become [b]sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.Hebrews 6:9-12 NKJV
We are called to share Our Hope with the world
The hope we have in Christ is not meant to be a private matter. We are called to go out into the world and share our hope, spreading the good news of the gospel throughout the world. Faith is not meant to remain private. Our hope and faith should run so deep we cannot help but want others to share in it with us, growing the Kingdom of God, bringing glory to the Lord, and living out the great commission Jesus gave to His disciples before ascending back to Heaven.
19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen.Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.[a] He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[b] behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.Colossians 1:3-8 ESV
We should grow in our hope by going deeper in scripture, learning to discern and obey the Spirit, and therefore live in the will of God, live in our Christian freedom, and be sanctified through our own spiritual journey. We are also called to proclaim the good news to others, teach others what we have learned through God’s Word and walking with the Spirit, and encourage others to come to Christ themselves. Our hope is not just for us, but should be used to glorify God, and draw others to the Light of the World so they, too, may have hope and be redeemed. God places us where we are so that we may shine His bright light and Truth wherever we are.
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us [a]diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NKJV
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
[a]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
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Have you accepted the grace of God?
If you have not accepted the grace of God and chosen to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to pray to God now and invite Him in, accept Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins, and repent of your sins. Submit it all to God, lay it at His feet, seek the forgiveness of God, welcome Him into your life, and believe that Jesus died and rose again to save you from your sins.
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- Prayer of Salvation
- What is grace and why do we need it?
- What does it mean to be justified by grace?
- Don’t Reject God’s Grace
- Don’t Reject Christ
- Godly Women – what it means to live a godly life
- Redeemed Women – what it means to be redeemed
- What is Biblical Love?
- What are Spiritual Gifts?
- How to live in Spirit and Truth
- How to test what is pleasing to God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of Man
- Names of Jesus as the Truth