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Sunday, 20 November 2011
10:46:42 PM (GMT)
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1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about
those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who
have no hope. 

Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters
the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great
mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead, 

The bible defines hope differently than we do.  Usually when we say we hope for
something, it is to have your fingers crossed.  To want something uncertain to have a
specific outcome.  
The bible has hope as "A fact not yet a reality".  Something that is a future
guarantee or certainty.  The best example is for any person who has accepted God as
their savior having hope of spending eternity with God.  It is a fact not yet a
reality. 

We all have eternity ahead of us.  What can vary is the quality. 

Collosians 1:3-5  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we
pray for you,  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love
you have for all God’s people—  the faith and love that spring from the hope
stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true
message of the gospel.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor
demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

So in short, the biblical use of the word hope means fact.  Not wishful thinking or
what-ifs, but something concrete and certain.

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[a] we passed
on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

2 Thessalonians 2:15-17  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to
the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our
Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us
eternal encouragement and good hope,  encourage your hearts and strengthen you in
every good deed and word. 



Hope is a gift of grace.
Hope is strengthened by God's word.
Our hope is confirming of the spirit within us.
Our hope changes our grieving.  When a Christian dies, it is not "goodbye", it is
"see you later"


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