Hope

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I love Christian hope. I know the world thinks of being hopeful as a form of wishful thinking, but Christian hope (Gk. elpis) has substance and certainty to it. I was preparing for a study on 1 Timothy 1 where in verse 1 Paul says,

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

One of the commentators I read quoted Donald Guthrie as saying of Christian hope in this context,

“The word ‘hope’ used in a Christian sense conveys an element of absolute certainty; an element usually lacking in the modern usage of the word”.

My old mentor, Bob Gordon, said that faith is for the present and hope is for the future. Combined with love what an incredible trinity we have guiding us forward towards heaven.