The Location of Our Hope

The truth is our hope is in Jesus. In Colossians 1:27 we find these marvelous words. “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” As we see here in Col 1:27, this hope is in Jesus and therefore is in us because we are indwelt with Christ. He is in us and we are in Him.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul wrote about patience of hope. In that context as in most contexts when the word patience is used, it refers to endurance. Our endurance to press on in the Christian life is inspired by the hope that we have in Christ. If you will read these words carefully, you will see that once again our hope is most definitely tied to the return of Christ.

We can also say here, Jesus is a better hope. We see that in Hebrews 7:19. “For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” The writer wrote of Jesus who is our better hope. The idea here is, regardless of what people may put their trust in, Jesus is better.

We also see this in 1 Timothy 1:1. “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.” Jesus is our hope. The fact is Jesus is our hope and our hope is in Jesus. He is the salvation plan of God. He is not one of many ways. He is the way. There is one way; as Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

There is one more item to consider here. In Acts 28:20 Paul spoke of Jesus being “the hope of Israel.” He calls Jesus “the hope of Israel” because Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises to Israel. The location of our hope is in Jesus because our hope is in Jesus.