1- confident expectation
2- firm assurance of the promises of God
I had a conversation with a friend recently about Heaven and how there is no hope there.
There is no hope in Heaven.
You read that correctly. There is no hope in Heaven - because you do not hope for that which you have already attained.
What incredible news!
Hope only exists now because everything in this fallen world is broken. We have to hope for that which is to come.
Scripture tells us that Christ is our hope - everything is met and holds together in Him - and because He lived the perfect life (for us!) and died the perfect death (for us!) our HOPE is tethered and anchored behind the veil and we have every confidence that what has been promised will be attained.
So often I am tempted to put my hope in something other than His finished work on the cross on my behalf...and far too often it is in a false sense of my own righteousness. What a joke! None is righteous (no not one!) - least of all me.
It is my prayer for us that we would fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, as our HOPE and look for the day that hope is no more.
Because the day is coming, friends. There will be no more night. No more tears. No more pain. No more hope.
Who would have thought that "no more hope" could ever be a good, encouraging thing?
Oh but it is.
So let's fix our eyes, remain steadfast, and hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, because He is faithful.
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf,. He has become a High Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." Hebrews 6:19-20