9th June 2012
The Only Sensible Response – Hope
“Rejoicing in hope”
Romans 12:12 (NKJV)
We usually think that if we have to hope for something then we don’t already have it. But when scripture speaks of hope it is often referring to something that we already have or something that is certain. Surely if there was uncertainty it would not be something to rejoice in, rather it would be a source of concern and anxiety.
The wonderful truth of the gospel is that it is sure. There is no uncertainty, therefore, no room for concern and anxiousness. The hope in which we can rejoice is that our salvation is complete in Jesus and requires nothing further from us. It is more certain than the rising of tomorrow’s sun!
So why is it called ‘hope’? Simply because we have not yet seen it. Actually most of what God has promised us, and already given us, is still invisible to us. Notice how the apostle John explains this in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” He makes it clear that our problem is that our real state has not been revealed, we cannot see it yet, but when he is revealed we shall be like him and will be able to see ourselves in our true state.
Paul also explains that if we could see it we would not need to hope for it, but since we cannot now see it we still have this hope. Read Romans 8:24-25, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
This hope is actually confidence. It’s what we have until we have sight of our reality. Now this is something in which we can really rejoice, in fact it is our only sensible response.
Father in heaven, thank you that we can rejoice in the certain hope of your completed work of our salvation. May we live our lives in that confidence as we respond to all that you have done for us.
Study by David Stirk