1 John 3 Lesson

Hope Is Critical To Salvation!

Hope is critical to salvation! Without it, life gets too hard!

Without hope, we can lose everything, including our souls!

Without hope, we can get beaten down to the point where we eventually give up. Our souls are too valuable to let that happen!

Jesus said to His disciples:

  • “For what good will it do a person if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul?” – Mathew 16:26

We will begin today’s lesson by defining the word, “hope.”

THE DEFINITION OF HOPE

  • “To look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence.” – dictionary.com
  • “To cherish a desire with anticipation.” – merriam-webster.com

Perhaps the saddest thing in the world is to see somebody without hope. A person without hope has no joy, no peace, and no belief that something better awaits them.

Conversely, those who have hope believe in something bigger than themselves.

Hope is a powerful thing! It allows us to push through adversity and keep working towards the goal of spending eternity in heaven.

SEVEN SCRIPTURES ABOUT HOPE:

  1. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11.
  2. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13.
  3. “Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” - Romans 12:12.
  4. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1.
  5. “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” - Romans 8:24-25.
  6. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” - 1 Peter 1:3.
  7. “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” - Romans 15:4.

In the above scripture, the Apostle Paul tells us that there are two things needed to have hope:

  1. Perseverance,
  2. Encouragement of the Scriptures.

We will look at these one at a time.

PERSEVERANCE

What good is hope if the moment things get tough, we abandon our faith? As Christians, we must persevere!

Perseverance and hope go hand in hand.

The Apostle Paul made this connection in his letter to the Romans:

  • “And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” - Romans 5:3-5.

ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE SCRIPTURES

It is no accident that Paul connects perseverance and the encouragement that we get from the scriptures. Life is going to get hard. Make no mistake about it! Satan will see to that.

In his first epistle, the Apostle Paul warned:

  • “Be alert and of sober mind.Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

We need the power of the scriptures to encourage us, strengthen us, and protect us. The Biblical term for this is, “Putting on the full armor of God.”

The more we read the Bible, the stronger our faith becomes. Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

  • “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

CONCLUSION

We need hope in our lives. When we place our hope in Jesus, we will not be disappointed.

In John’s Gospel, he wrote:

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life .” – John 3:16.

It is our faith in Jesus that saves us! We can actively work to increase our faith by reading the Bible. As we do, we will find more and more reasons to be hopeful about our eternal future.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” - Isaiah 40:31 

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John
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There are two things I can work on to be more hopeful: 1) Perseverance 2) Encouragement of the scriptures.

The global pandemic is giving us all plenty to persevere through. From what we studied today, if we combine persevering with time in God's word, we can expect to be more hopeful. It makes sense!

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Tommy

Thank you Jesus for giving the world hope! Hope for a better way to live. Hope for a home with you in heaven. Hope that there is a God and that He is good and righteous and pure. Hope that we have a Savior that loved us enough to die in place of us for our sins.

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