1999 James A. Fowler
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I. Representative Biblical references to "hope"
Matt. 12:21 - "In His name the
Gentiles will hope"
Rom. 5:2 - "grace...exult in hope
of the glory of God"
Rom. 5:5 - "hope does not disappoint,
because love of God poured out within our hearts through the
Holy Spirit given to us"
Rom. 15:13 - "may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace...that you may abound in hope
by the power
of the Holy Spirit"
I Cor. 15:19 - "if we have only
hoped in Christ in this life, we are to be pitied"
II Cor. 3:12 - "having such a hope,
we use great boldness in our speech"
Gal. 5:5 - "we through the Spirit,
by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness"
Eph. 1:18 - "you may know what is
the hope of His calling"
Col. 1:23 - "continue in the faith...not
moved away from the hope of the gospel"
Col. 1:27 - "Christ in you, the
hope of glory"
I Tim. 1:1 - "Christ Jesus who is
I Tim. 4:10 -"we have fixed our
hope on the living God who is the Savior of all men"
Titus 1:2 - "the hope of eternal
Titus 2:13 - "looking for the blessed
hope and the appearing of the glory of Christ"
Heb. 7:19 - "there is a bringing
in of a better hope"
I Pet. 1:3 - "born again to a living
hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
I Pet. 1:13 - "fix your hope completely
on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus
I Pet. 3:15 - "ready to make a defense
..for the hope that is in you"
I Jn. 3:3 - "every one who has this
hope on Him purifies himself"
II. Defining Christian hope
A. Christian hope is NOT just:
"acting as if..."
wager, "betting on it"
B. Christian hope is:
Greek verb elpizo - "to expect"
Greek noun elpis - "expectation"
and personally based
Not hope in some "thing", event, blessing, promise,
but in SomeOne!
Person of Jesus Christ - I Tim. 1:1
"Finished work" of Jesus Christ - Jn. 19:30
Living Lord Jesus - I Tim. 4:10
Spiritual reality of Christ
Already and not yet
III. Short history of hope in mankind.
A. Adam expected God to make full
provision for him.
B. After fall in sin
1. No hope
- Eph. 2:12; I Thess. 4:13
C. Promise of salvation - Gen. 3:15
D. Jewish hope
E. Christian hope in Jesus Christ
hope - Heb. 7:19
IV. Behavioral Expression of Christian hope - individually
A. Expectation of Christ's life being
lived out in our behavior - Col. 1:27
- Rom. 5:2; I Pet. 1:13
Spirit - Rom. 5:5; 15:13
of Spirit - Gal. 5:22,23
B. Present expectation
just futuristic anticipation of going to heaven
of evangelical theology: Past is forgiven; Future is assured;
Present is the "pits"
are to presently expect the life of Christ to function in their
V. Social implications of Christian hope - interactively
A. NOT social, cultural, political,
despair, defeatism, depression, survivalism, escapism, isolationism,
retreat, gloom and
"all is going to hell in a hand-basket"
"why polish brass on sinking ship"
"doesn't matter who is elected President"
of reconstructionism, activism, utopian society
B. Church of Jesus Christ
nation - I Pet. 2:9
C. In society
on world - I Pet. 3:15
overcomers - Rom. 8:39