A Hope for Which to Be Thankful: Colossians 1
Paul and Timothy expressed their thankfulness for hope laid up in heaven for those in Colosse and Laodicea.
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. Colossians 1:3
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
Hope which is laid up in heaven…
What was this hope that Paul and Timothy spoke of?
Hope is believing the truth of God’s Word by faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Hope is believing that there will be a future resurrection.
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. Acts 24:15
Hope is knowing that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the grave.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
Hope is also believing in the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13
Hope is trusting God’s Word will be performed even though we can’t see the accomplishment of it at the present.
Abraham showed this hope by placing his trust in God’s proclamation that he would be the father of many nations even though he was childless at the moment that this promise was made.
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Who 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. Romans 4:17-18
Hope is also believing the truth of the gospel unto eternal life.
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. Titus 1:2
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. Hebrews 6:19
Hope is confidence, confirmation, affirmation, expectation, and acknowledgement.
Hope is not wishful thinking. It is placing our confidence in the One who is able to redeem our souls and resurrect us from the dead.
It is the confirmation shown by a changed life.
It is the affirmation of the Holy Spirit which indwells those who receive Christ. It is the expectation of Christ’s second coming for His own.
Hope is the acknowledgement that a place has been reserved for us in heaven. We await Christ’s coming to take us to our heavenly home to be with Him forever.
For this hope we also give thanks to God our Father.
Join in the conversation.
Are you thankful for hope?
Are you walking in that hope daily?
How are you expressing your hope?
Are you ready to give an answer to others who ask about the hope that you have in Christ?
©2016 by Peggy Clark