Our Source of Hope

In Romans 15:13 we find that our hope comes from God. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. The idea within the phrase “God of hope” means out of the source of. God is the source of our hope. Also, Paul referred to God as the “God of hope” because He will fulfill all His promises. He has fulfilled many already in the first coming of our Lord and will fulfill the rest with the second coming of our Lord.

Because hope comes from Him and not from within ourselves, we have and can keep on having hope. In Acts 26:6-7, Luke recorded Paul’s confession in this way. “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain.”

Another passage that speaks of our hope is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, 1 Peter 1:3-5. Notice this continuous sentence by the Apostle Peter. He just keeps praising God for our living hope. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Our hope is a living hope because it comes from God and is enmeshed in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our assurance is as certain as the perfect sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus which is absolutely certain and will be fully revealed one day.