Jan 3, 2015

My Last, Best And Only Hope

Common Sense Commentary: I enter this 85th year of life with HOPE. The difference in Hope and Faith is this: "So then faith cometh by ... hearing the word of God." Rom.10:17. Faith is the fruit of  "the word of God", and Hope is the fruit of Faith. "By (Jesus) we have access by faith into this grace ... wherein we ... rejoice in hope." Rom.5:4.

The fruit of the word of God is Faith. The fruit of Faith is Hope and the fruit of Hope is Love.   
"And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor.13:13. The reason the greatest of these is "love" is that the fruit of faith is hope and the fruit of hope is love. So "love" is the end result of both faith and hope. It is the one perfect attribute possible in people.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear...." 1 John 4:18

"For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. " Gal. 5:5. Hope is the fruit of Faith. "...Lord Jesus Christ, ... is our hope" 1 Tim.1:1. 

Faith brings Christ into us and He is our Hope "...Christ in you, the hope of glory." Col.1:27. 

The fruit of faith is hope and hope is "expectation"."...my earnest expectation and ... hope...." Phil. 1:20

The word "hope" in the Old and New Testaments is translated from several Hebrew and Greek words meaning Refuge, Confidence, Expectation ... and Waiting patiently. 

So, my last, best and only hope is this....

When all else is gone, my health has all drained out and my life is at its end, my last thought, my last prayer, my last hope is .... Jesus.

When family prayers for me can not delay my death, medical remedies can only relieve my pain and endless wealth is useless, my last hope is also my best hope .... It is Jesus.

When all my years of life and all my Earthly hopes and dreams, accomplishments, successes and failures are past, my last and best hope is my only hope .... It is Jesus .... my eternal Lord and Savior.

Thank you Lord for that "Blessed Hope". RB

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13.

"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began."
Titus 1:2.  

1 comment:

Bob Blair said...

Amen! Thank you for this blessed testimony of absolute truth. Amen