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This is a Bible study on Hope.     Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

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

 

 


What is Hope?

The dictionary describes hope as:

  • to cherish a desire with anticipation
  • trust
  • to desire with expectation of obtainment
  • to expect with confidence
  • a desire accompanied by expectation of belief
  • expectation of fulfillment
  • someone which hopes are centered
  • something hoped for

 

Believers define hope by the word of God:

  • Hope of salvation

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

 

  • Jesus Christ is our Blessed Hope

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

 

  • Hope in the LORD

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

 


What is Hope for Salvation?

Believers place their faith in Jesus Christ and our hope is for salvation.

LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. Psalm 119:166

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:26

 

The hope of salvation Helmet

The full armour of God includes the helmet of the hope of salvation.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,   Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10

 

Hope in the resurrection of Christ

Without the crucifixion of Christ and the resurrection of Christ, believers would be without hope

If Christ remained dead in a grave, what hope of eternal life would we have? 

But since Christ rose from His grave and Jesus was resurrected and now lives, we have hope that we in Christ shall all be made alive.

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 1 Corinthians 15:12-23

These scriptures say that we, as believers in Jesus, have hope because of His resurrection, we too will be resurrected, either living or dead, whichever state we are in, when Christ returns.

The scriptures reminds us not to have hope in only Christ, but in the resurrection of Christ, and without the resurrection of Christ we would be the most miserable of all mankind.

 


Where does Hope come from?

 

Hope comes from the Lord

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,  Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

 

Hope comes from experience

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: Romans 5:3-4

 

The word of God gives us Hope

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

 

Through the power of the Holy Ghost

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

 


Who is the Hope of all believers?

Jesus Christ is the hope of all believers.

 

Hope in the Lord

Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. Psalm 33:22

For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalm 42:5

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God Psalm 43:5

For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: Psalm 78:7

Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. Psalm 130:7

Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever. Psalm 131:3

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:24

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 1 Timothy 1:1

 

Jesus Christ is the hope of glory

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27

 

Hope in the Lord's Mercy

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18

 

Wait for the Hope of righteousness

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:5

 

There is one Hope

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6

 


Where is our Hope?

Our hope is waiting for us in heaven.

For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Colossians 1:5

 


What happens to those who Hope?

 

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Psalm 146:5

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Psalm 147:11

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. Proverbs 10:28

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians 1:20

 


What should believers do with their Hope?

 

Rejoice in Hope

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Romans 12:12

 

Have patience of Hope

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 1 Thessalonians 1:3

 

Remember we were once without Hope

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13

 

Be not moved away from the Hope

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Colossians 1:23

 

Looking for that blessed hope

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

 

Hold firm onto our Hope until the end

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Hebrews 3:6

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: Hebrews 6:11

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:13

 

Purify yourself

As Christ is pure, so should everyone that has this hope purifieth himself.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:3

Since we are children of God and since we do have the hope of eternal life, we should not live like the world in sin Believers should live godly and pure lives. 

As believers we are examples of Christ and should be examples of Christ in all the ways that we live, so that unbelievers will want what we have and want to know our reason of hope, which is Jesus Christ.

 


Where should we place our hope?

 

Hope in God

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 1 Peter 1:21

 


What should believers have hope in?

 

Hope of eternal life

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

 

God's judgments

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. Psalm 119:43-44

 

Hope in the word of God

ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope Psalm 119:49

They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. Psalm 119:74

CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Psalm 119:81

Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Psalm 119:114

I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. Psalm 119:147

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. Psalm 130:5

 

In all things

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7

 


How should believers hope?

 

Hope continually

But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. Psalm 71:14

 

Be not ashamed of Hope

Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Psalm 119:116

 

Don't withhold hope

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

 


What does hope promise believers?

 

The righteous have hope in death

The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. Proverbs 14:32

 

Blessings

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. Jeremiah 17:7

 

Salvation

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25

 

Eternal Life

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

 

Made heirs of the kingdom of God

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

 

Strengthen your heart

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

 


How long should believers hope?

Hope continually

But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. Psalm 71:14

 


What happens to the hope of unbelievers?

 

Unbelievers are without hope

The hope of the wicked and unjust man dies.

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. Proverbs 11:7

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. Proverbs 26:12

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. Jeremiah 17:13

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. Jeremiah 18:12

 


How long will there be hope for unbelievers?

Hope for salvation exists for as long as you have air in your lungs.  There is no hope for the lost after death.

 

As long as you are breathing there is hope

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion Ecclesiastes 9:4

There are not any guarantees on life.  You could die any minute.  People everywhere in the world die every second.  No one is promised a tomorrow.  Age, race, financial status, nothing can keep anyone from death.

Death does not have to be your destination, there is hope in Jesus Christ for eternal life.  

If you die without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ there is no hope for you. 

 

There is no hope after death

For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. Isaiah 38:18

Believers have hope in Christ, don't be like unbelievers that have no hope.

 

Chasten children while there is hope

Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. Proverbs 19:18

 


What is the reason of your Hope?

 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15

The word of God reads we, as believers, are always to be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks us a reason of the hope that is in us.

We can do this by keeping the Lord God in our hearts always.

What is the reason of my Hope?  Jesus Christ is the reason of my hope, the Son of God, my personal Lord and Saviour, knowing that by believing in Him I will receive eternal life, He forgave my sins and washed me clean so that I will inherit the kingdom of God.

The word of God reads we should have the plan of salvation ready when asked, "What is your reason for hope?".

 


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