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one of the three main elements of Christian character (1Co 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Ro 8:24; 1Jo 3:2). "Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1Pe 3:15; Heb 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph 1:18; 4:4)." Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph 2:12; 1Th 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1Ti 1:1; Col 1:27; Tit 2:13). It is spoken of as "lively", i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1Pe 1:3). In Ro 5:2 the "hope" spoken of is probably objective, i.e., "the hope set before us," namely, eternal life (comp. Ro 12:12). In 1Jo 3:3 the expression "hope in him" ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, "hope on him," i.e., a hope based on God.

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1. Hope and faith (the soul's forward and upward look towards God) are imperfectly differentiated in the OT, as with men who 'greeted the promises from afar' (Heb 11:13-16); hope has there the greater vogue.

Amongst the several Heb. words thus rendered, (1) signifying restful hope (leaning on Jahweh, &c.), oftener appears as 'trust' and sometimes as 'confidence'

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This is described as waiting for something that is not seen but which has been promised. Ro 8:24-25. Blessed is the man whose hope the Lord is; though troubles arise he will not cease to bear fruit. Jer 17:7-8. There is nothing vague in the Christian's hope: it is an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, because the Lord Himself is his hope, and Christ in him is the hope of glory. Col 1:27; 1Ti 1:1; Heb 6:18-19. The coming of the Lord, and not death, is a blessed part of the Christian's hope. 1Th 4:13-18; 1Jo 3:2-3.

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