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hope

one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor. 13:13)

It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2).

“Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Hebrews 10:23). In it, the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centered (Eph. 1:18; 4:4).”

Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer’s hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13).

It is spoken of as “lively,” i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the “hope” spoken of is probably objective, i.e., “the hope set before us,” namely, eternal life (compare 12:12).

In 1 John 3:3, the expression “hope in him” ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, “hope on him,” i.e., a hope based on God.

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