A hope that is a certainty

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Romans 5:5
and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

During the Romans class, one of us was trying to figure out the connection between the 2 sections in Rom 5:5. It is only today that I realised the magnificence of it, “hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured our into our hearts”.

Much of the hope we experience in our life isn’t much hope, in that it may disappoint us. I hope it won’t rain today and it would be soon raining cats and dogs, I hope to close this sale and next we receive news that our competitor is in celebrations. Hope, it’s nothing but hope.

However, the hope we have in Christ is altogether different. I do wonder if there are different Greek or Hebrew words that carry the distinction of hope that is just hopeful or hope that is a certainty. Or would it be that the English word hope is not sufficient to carry the full meaning of this hope in Christ?

Because of the love of God that he so graciously, lovingly and abundantly poured into our hearts through the Spirit, we are reconciled to him in spirit and will reconcile to him on that glorious day in eternity. Now, that is a certainty and that is a hope, as we strive to live our lives in him, in joy but also in fear and in trembling.

Picture by Clodia Porteous

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