To Believe in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 4:18 – Who {Abraham} against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

“Against hope” literally means that Abraham came directly to his hope. The word “against” is the Greek proposition para denoting motion to a place, and this place was in Abraham’s mind, where he believed in hope. The word “against” does not imply being opposed to something, but to arrive at something or someplace. Abraham’s hope was in “the first coming of Christ,” and what was in the forefront of his mind was his believing in a promise of God for a son. His son would be in the direct line of the Redeemer, but today our hope is the promise of God’s Word to us that Christ the Redeemer will absolutely return for us to take us home to heaven. In this hope we can be “fully persuaded,” as Abraham was in the promise of God to him back in Old Testament times.

Romans 4:20-21:
-20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {his believing faith}, giving glory to God;
-21: And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.

Our hope is the return of Christ, and this hope takes believing to bring it to life before our spiritual eyes. As Abraham’s believing grew he was able to have his son, Isaac, but this was not the end of the story of Abraham. He believed in the Word of God and that believing brought him face to face with the actual hope of someday walking with his Redeemer. This hope of his gave him reason, purpose, and excitement in life itself to continue living for God and being his best toward his fellow man. This example is written for believers today who are living in God’s grace.

Romans 4:22-25:
-22: And therefore {because Abraham believed in hope} it was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23: Now it was not written for his {Abraham’s} sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24: But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if {since} we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
-25: Who was delivered for our offenses {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification. {“Just as if I’d never sinned,” is one way to remember our justification.}

Without the hope of Christ’s return our, believing trust in what God has promised in His Word can become limited, but by placing the hope of his return in our hearts, our believing in the promises of God can grow daily. Living in the love of God will activate our believing, and with our believing we can anticipate the hope of Christ coming (at any moment) to take us home!

We will be looking at this living hope that gives the believer ever-increasing desire and strength to walk with God. With the hope alive in your heart you can believe with hope and confidence that Christ your Redeemer shall return and your name will be on his lips.

God’s eternal blessings are for you, and your place at His side has already been completely prepared for you!