God Always Wins

Wrestling with God – Genesis 32

22 And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” 27 So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.”

28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” 31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.

Some have this idea that a new birth in Christ is a negotiation. The pastor screams a fiery sermon, then passionately asks those in attendance to rise up and come forward if they want this rebirth. The sinner swept up in this passion, emotionally comes forward, but experiences no rebirth goind forward. Some also view salvation as a heretical Pelagian choice, meaning you gird yourself up by an inherent faith, and just believe when you feel it necessary.

When God gives a rebirth, there is no negotitation. Now He may wrestle with you in your sins so that you realize the blessing as Jacob, but He will always prevail. The physical example of Genesis 32:22-32 above is how this works. Some of us like Jacob are so very prideful in our sins, that God will break us into submission no matter how long it takes. God doesn’t say then “you idiot, why didn’t you submit earlier?” or gloat over this victory or demean you because of your MANY sins, rather like with Jacob, He is gracious in this forgiveness and blessing.

Jacob was given a new heart and the evidence of this is as he wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ, he said “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”. You see, when the rebirth comes there is no mistaking it, no second guessing, because you cling to Christ with your last grip. It is not some emotional experience only, but truly a life changing event. Jacob’s hip was thrown out of the socket so that he would always remember that day. Again, being prideful, Jacob needed to realize who he was and who God is.

The analogy of the wrestling will come in different forms tailored for every born-again sinner. God might break you financially so that you realize that He, not money, is the focus now. He might take a relationship away from you so that your focus now is on Him, and not your degenerate lusts. He might expose the church you are involved with as false, so that you repent of the idolatry and blasphemy of that church. He might take a job away on you so that your focus is now on His Gospel, not your anxieties. There are many other life changing things He could employ and does.

The point is if you have been reborn of God, you are not going to be on the same path as your degenerate past. He CHANGES that path immediately! If you felt nothing days/weeks/months after the pastor told you to “come forward” it because that rebirth was a fraud. The rebirth is realized at your very core and is profound! Your worldview has drastically shifted in the focus of God, His word, and the Gospel now as your priorities.

Some like me need a sledge hammer so to speak, to the head, in order to wake up and realize this rebirth. But make no mistake, when God gives this rebirth, it is realized and although not immediately completely understood, you realize something happened to your life. Your entire love and focus is on God. You LOVE Scripture more than your daily food and drink and without it, you fell empty. Folks around you also can see something rather profound as happened because you are not your degenerate self. You might immediately lose friends and family, but it is their loss, not yours!

Lastly, praise God for that wrestling! When He took you from a dark depraved existence into His light in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit! God always wins! World religions always fail!

Indoctrinating Children Into Sin

Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”

Lately, there has been a lot of press on parents who confront school board in their challenges to the sexual perversions and racism taught to their children. The fundamental basis of right and wrong is realized, and some parents have quite enough of it. These teachings are a clear example of causing them to sin.

But I will more than bet many of these parents either ignore or totally disregard the indoctrinating of their same children in the church they attend into sins of blasphemy and idolatry. This is where they gray the lines between right and wrong, and by coginitive dissonance will not discern it based on the religious cult. Confronting a school board is one thing, confronting their church is a no-no in this mindset.

Everything in a religious cult’s existence hinges on the indoctrination of children. Satan’s influence behind this is that he knows children are the most vulnernable. And is why Jesus gave a very STERN and GRAVE warning in causing a child to sin. The child’s mind has not been cluttered with things, they are quick learners, they are completely open to acceptance, they are eager and excited to learn, and are the most vulnerable based on their physical and mental weakness compared to the adults in their midst.

So the cult knows, children are the EASIEST to indoctrinate. The child will be completely unaware of the indoctrination and because they lack authority, will never question it openly or publicly. What their parents say is the law, and the child will need to confrom and accept, or they would face dire ramifications. So the grooming process from a church/cult or your public schools now starts at a very young age. They know there is a limited amount of time to indoctrinate, and cannot allow time to pass.

Fortunately, some of the indoctrinated cults are weak in nature, so the child easily leaves it just as fast as they accepted it. In some cases, it isn’t as easy leaving based on the tremendous amount of guilt placed on the child. I was indoctrinated as a Roman Catholic as a child for example, the scare and guilt of hell was given to me at a very young age so that I would NEVER question Roman Catholicism. They use a pictorial design of indoctrination with statues, pictures, scenes, knowing that children are visual and love picture type of books. You are shown a picture of Jesus or Mary for example as a child, and they tell you “that is them!”, and everything they tell you about them MUST be believed.

Sadly, this sinful indoctrination has led many children down the path to hell, and some after realizing the deception just stop believing in God’s existence based on the lies they were told. The bitterness towards anything of God is based on their experience in the cult. There are those who remain, and will be the hardest of hearts in listening to or reaching with the Gospel of which they will reject blindly for the cult’s teachings. And then there are those who God gives a rebirth, they also realize the deception of the cult almost immediately, but in their case they run to Jesus Christ and never return to that cult.

If you are a parent of a teacher, take the warning of Jesus SERIOUSLY! If you knowingly OR unknowingly caused your children to sin, there is a dire consequence for it. It is something that can be forgiven, so examine yourself and repent if you influenced a child to sin. and remember this, parents can be the most stubborn, prideful, when it comes to their children, another reason why Satan targets them in indoctrination.

God Sees the Heart

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Lately I have been turning wood on my wood lathe and making various gifts. I purchased various types of wood and realized long ago some of the brilliant colors which come out of them. The analogy to me is how we see things, and how God sees and does things. We see human beings from the outside, God sees from the inside.

We are all born sinners, so our ugly internals sometimes match the externals. Sometimes the external is brilliant and beautiful, yet the internal is quite ugly. Yet in both cases, the internal is rather filthy and ugly based on SIN. It is a drab appearance, and if compared to wood, it would be fit to be tossed in a fire.

Recently a store had a throw away box of wood pieces. I decided to buy a couple of pieces and turn them into wine bottle stoppers. From the external appearance, they looked terrible! Very dull in appearance, but the store owner told me this wood was from the Amazon jungle so I took a chance. Upon completing the final shaping, I doused the wood with a special oil, and WALLAH, in an instant it turned into a brilliant color I had never seen before. This wood I purchased for less than a dollar, looked at as garbage, transformed into an absolutely beautiful wine stopper. The more oil I applied, the more colors came out of it.

The analogy is based on our sin nature and God’s regenerating hand. Before one is born-again into a new creation, our internals are garbage, dull and dreary looking, fit only for the fires of hell. God takes His oil, so to speak, and if it be His will He makes a new creation where those internals instantly transform into brilliance! Why? Because the new creation now houses the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. The new creation houses NEW desires of repentance and holiness, and it is all a new natural.

And there is NO human being BEYOND restoration from God! Remember this!

Now a new creation does have that brilliance, but also can get dull in appearance just like a re-made wood creation, so more oil is applied by something called sanctification. A process by which the newly made sinner is being conformed to image of Jesus Christ. So as years pass, the brilliance of your internals is growing, not receding.

If you followed my analogy, it is a good way to test whether you or others have been truly born-again. Some might CLAIM they rec’d God’s regeneration by a ritual or a mere statement, but they remain dull in sin and knowledge. Their internals have not changed, as they do not truly repent of sin. They may sound excited for Jesus Christ for a while, then fall away, as the world entices them more because they are in fact in love with the world.

Your Inherent Goodness Fails God

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind

I would say from the beginning of mankind, there has been this notion that to believe God, to follow God, He must also see mankind as inherently “good” and overlook sin. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the perfect Garden of Eden for simply disobedience, but it doesn’t prevent those from thinking God was just bluffing when it comes to sin and His holiness.

If mankind was inherently “good” or had the ability to be sinless as some heretical religions propose, Jesus would have never been tasked to be a Savior. There would be no need for His sacrifice if that were the case. Rather, God’s aborrent view of our stains of sin and intolerance was the reason by His mercy, Jesus died on a lonely Cross.

Subjective worldly goodness is not God’s idea of goodness. Heavenly goodness equates to absolute perfection. This would mean every thought, every action, every deed, every inaction we would make would fall into absolute perfection. And once you understand this, you will then understand what Isaiah wrote “all our righteousness are like filthy rags”, because we ALL have failed that absolute perfection test.

Do You Think You Can Slide Into Heaven?

The prevailing thought from a degenerate and depraved society is that God will allow sin enter His heavenly kingdom by just either ignoring it or by viewing the scales between good and evil and if “good” outweighs the bad, the sinner slides in. Again, if you believe that demonic falsehood, ask yourself WHY Jesus would have ever needed to die on a Cross.

Some believe God is pliable like a politician. Not so! His promises have not changed. There is not an Old Testament God differing from a New Testament God either. He is the same God which sent the whole world to death, less 8 people, in the Great Flood. His view on sin and evil have never changed! He may have granted something called common grace and mercy for you to walk on earth, but this does NOT mean He owes you any salvation because of this.

There is just ONE way one can be saved, ONE way! It is by faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. God did not send Jesus to the Cross on a gamble or a billboard display. There is just ONE Savior. And the sooner you realize it is His goodness which can save you instead of your own subjective filthy rags type of “goodness”, the sooner you shall be saved.

In Christ Jesus

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

What does it mean to be “in Christ Jesus”? The Apostle Paul places a special emphasis on this phrase which denotes a saved Christian. Logically speaking, if there is an “in” there is also an “out”. So those unsaved in this context would be “outside of Christ Jesus”.

Despite many churches taking the name of Jesus in their pomp and circumstance, they are always wrong to denote a saved Christian as being “outside” or a state where they were “in Christ” and now “outside of Christ” based on something they did. Scripture is clear, all sinners are outside of Christ until He saved them and placed them in Christ. Once placed in Christ, there is no more being outside because eternal means forever, it is not a temporary condition.

In Eph 2:13, Paul says “you who once were far off”, or “far outside”, have been brought to salvation by the blood of Jesus. They didn’t bring themselves, God brought them, for those in the Pelagain heresy who believe in a choice in order to be saved. If we go back to Eph 2:8-9, this is made clear that “by grace through faith” one has been saved (past tense), not of works.

Upon the new birth, by the regenerating grace of being born-again, God places the saved sinner in His Son Jesus Christ. It is at that point you bear the eternal name of a “Christian”. You have been adopted into God’s family! The “in Christ Jesus” is VERY important to understand from the Gospel, the Good News. It is when your sins have been forgiven, you are now credited or imputed the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is at this very point, God sees you as perfected as Jesus is perfect. You bear Jesus’ very name in righteousness and perfection now and are now able to live eternally with God. This is a rather profound event! It is not a process as some false religions would have you think!

God declares the sinner SAVED, FORGIVEN, and places them in Jesus as His very family. Only those where this was actually done fully realize the tremendous price Jesus paid on their behalf. And they realize now being in Jesus means much more than a silly hymn sung or a vain declaration of a creed. They know who He is, what He has done, and who they were in God’s sight and who they are now in His sight by Jesus’ redemption. While those outside of Christ will continue to deceive themselves and allow a world religion to blind them.

What Can You Add to Christ’s Work?

Ephesians 2:8 or by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

A question I often ask Roman Catholics or those in a works-based salvation false system is “what work can you personally add to the completed perfect work of Jesus Christ?” Or can logical reasoning presume that perfection be perfected?

If I do get an answer, which is rarely, to that question, it is met with stern objection. Despite the fact that Scripture teaches us that there is absolutely nothing a sinner can do to save themselves by their works, those caught up in these works based false gospels will continue to try to be saved by their works.

It not only diminishes but tarnishes, spits on, the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His ressurrection to presume you can use ANY work of your own to be saved. It is saying “Your work is NOT sufficient Jesus, so I will use some of my own to complete what you foolishly and haphazardly left unfinished”. It also says about the one moronically trying to add a work to Jesus Christ’s, “I don’t have faith in YOU”. The attempt to steal ANY glory from Jesus Christ by adding YOURSELF and your works to His is sheer lunacy.

Now Roman Catholics for example will try to bend the argument. They will claim “the works are wrought by grace” to get around the problem. But it doesn’t get around the problem, because it then says God is the issue here because He left Jesus’ work incomplete and now will use sinners to save themselves by a nonexistent grace which powers works to salvation. Scripture NEVER teaches this sheer nonsense. So a Roman Catholic for example thinks that their church attendance and scarament participation is somehow helping Jesus save them, since His work alone cannot save them.

THE CARROT TRICK

Every false religious system such Roman Catholicism will teach their congregation to do good works in order to be saved, NOT as the result of salvation, again with the false idea that Jesus left His work incomplete. So they employ a carrot trick by this, always keeping salvation out of the grasp of the sinner, they keep control over that sinner’s salvation. “Did you do enough to be saved” is the general sentiment. Whereas Christianity clearly teaches JESUS DID ENOUGH ON YOUR BEHALF, SO PLACE YOUR FAITH ALONE IN HIM.

Why Can’t a Saved Sinner Boast?

Answer, no one saved can boast if Jesus did it all! You can’t say “well God, look at my perfect church attendance” or “look at what I did for the poor” or “look how much I tried to keep the commandments” or “look how much morally superior I am compared to other sinners”. Those boasts do NOT fly with God! Those boasts and those works are indeed filthy smelly rottenous rags as the sinner in vain tries to steal an ounce of glory from His only Son Jesus Christ. A foul stench in His nose.

Jesus paid it all, His work was perfect! Perfection cannot be perfected! So place your faith alone in Him and you shall be saved just as God promised!

Rotten to the Core

Roman 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

I often share Romans 3:10-19 to those who either do not understand man’s depraved condition or just flat out reject that condition. I do this, because the passage makes it oh so clear. Man is not inherently “good” as is the presumption, and when Jesus speaks of a new creation, one being born-again, in John 3:3-8 it only validates the reason why this is absolutely necessary for one to be saved.

An answer I give to those who ask “how do YOU know you have been born-again”. My reply begins with because before that point, I had NO IDEA that I was rotten to the core before God! Before that point I viewed myself as a good church going boy. I viewed my religious involvement as the weight which washed my very bad side of sin. I never viewed myself as a decrepit wicked sinner though.

When God opened my eyes, He showed me who He was, absolutely perfect! And then because God was intolerant of sin, NOT tolerant as the world would have it, I realized that Jesus left His eternal throne to die on a Cross for me and my wicked self. With this, I viewed myself as a dirty stain in God’s view before that point, ungodly in every way. The lust, the lying, the profanity, the cheating, the breaking of the Lord’s commandments with ease were all indications of that rotten wicked heart of which I had no realization of possessing before I was born-again. Again, I somehow viewed God by that wicked heart as being tolerant of sin rather than intolerant. So if He was tolerant, I fully realized, Jesus would of stayed on His throne, He wouldn’t of subjected Himself to our fallen world where He was crucified.

If you want a point of discernment of those who claim Christianity, listen to their testimony. If you aren’t hearing of they being a sinner, most likely they are in the same state I once was, which is deceiving themselves.

Christ in Our Place
Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Paul uses the word “ungodly” in Romans 5, which I view as “Rotten to the core”. The Good News is, God SAVES those who are rotten to the core! We are ALL rotten to the core, and those who have been saved will confess, admit to that condition as they trust and see Jesus Christ as their Savior from that rotten condition. Outside of Christ, all are ROTTEN, WICKED, SINFUL, in God’s eyes. In Christ, all are righteous, pure, perfect in His righteousness and perfection alone. If in Christ, God sees you as Christ, there is no more being rotten to the core when you are placed in His family.

What better news is this? And how humbling it is to know what God has done by His grace and mercy for you! God saves a sinner DESPITE their rotten condition, they did nothing to deserve salvation, and Jesus died for them!

The Straight Line to Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Despite many world religions teaching otherwise, there is a straight line directly to Jesus Christ. You don’t need permission from any earthly soul to go straight to Him. A pastor or teacher is not the direct line, another Christian is not that direct line either. They are merely guides showing you the way by the saving Gospel.

If the church you attend or attended put up a roadblock or obstacle in that straight line to Jesus, discernment is reached, that church was NOT built by Jesus. It doesn’t matter how many hymns they sing or religious pomp and circumstance they can come up with, they are blocking your path to Him.

With that unimpeded path, you can at any time approach Jesus by faith alone on His throne. Know that He hears you! If saved, the Holy Spirit who is in FULL communion with Jesus, indwells you. His throne room is not guarded by gatekeepers, you can enter any time you wish. This is the Good News.

Before Jesus arrived via His incarnation on earth, the sinner could only access God by the temple and the appointed high priest. They could not go into the throne room without that foreshadow of Jesus. And that foreshadow was God’s revelation of what the Good News is, His name is Jesus Christ! Jesus, being the perfect High Priest forever did away with the temple and earthly priests who now are no longer needed for access.

Look at Roman Catholicism for example, it is basically a continuation of the OLD way. They lie to their congregation and say access can only be reached to God NOT by Jesus Christ, but by their sinner priests or Mary or a RCC deemed “saint”. It is telling the Catholic “do NOT place your faith alone in Jesus, but our way”.

The Good News is that there is a straight open line to Jesus which is always open! Place your faith alone in Him, read Scripture carefully, and that direct path to Him is shown constantly all throughout.

The Religion of Safetyism

Safetyism is a phenomenon commonly seen in all generations of a fallen world. The most recent example showed itself in the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the natural tendency to see mankind as not depraved and the grasping onto the fallen same mankind for the answers.

Safetyism comes in many forms, and will prop up a human figure to be its spokesperson. Dr. Anthony Fauci is that figure in this particular religion. Whatever he says, his followers see as infallible and not to be questioned just as every false religion. People will double mask and vaccinate without questioning or discerning, if Fauci says so. And any resistance to this cult leader will be met with shunning and censorship along with constant demonization by his followers.

The religion of safetyism will have a key component where the goal posts can move at will by the infallible cult leader, again the followers will not raise an eyebrow but follow any edict in strict obedience. Since there is no faith in God in safetyism, the cult leader is the god. Albeit the cult leader can change his mind daily, reverse his earlier edicts at will and this would cause no problem to his religious following.

At the core of safetyism is humanism. Its innate desire is to survive death since it sees death as not sin dependent but human will dependent. So in this religion since God is not involved, the follower of safetyism sees it as their duty to produce their own death date which they know is coming, but can move the date based on what they do or do not do. The follower of this religion does not see mankind as fallen but good in nature.

So they may take an extra dose of vitamins per day, work out a little more, take a hundred prescription drugs per day for example all in the effort to try and cheat death. As I heard one pastor say, do all those things and you cans still get hit by a bus tomorrow. Now I am NOT saying it is not good to take care of yourself and do what is recommended by a doctor, what I am saying is if you are crossing into safetyism it usually is accompanied with obsession and an anxiety.

A safetyism which would involve a church, Roman Catholicism comes to mind. They prop up a pope, the cult following of this pope will do and practice anything the pope edicts. Scripture alone cannot be used in safetyism because it usually discards the cult leader’s edicts which cannot be found there or cannot be tested out through it. So you will always see a subtle attack on the sufficiency of Scripture by one who is practicing safetyism. Scripture can never trump the mankind or its cult leader in safetyism.

Again, the innate fallen desire is to grasp onto humanism and by that a religion of safetyism. It would explain why so many ran out and bought up a 10 year supply of toilet paper upon the start of the pandemic. It would explain why many on social media would fight you to the death over the edicts of Dr. Fauci and the degenerates that moderate the platforms eager to censor ANY discernment.

In the end, the adherents to safetyism will face a Judgment from an Almighty God of which they were not expecting. It will be SIN which will cause an eternal separation from Him by which Jesus says there will be much moaning and groaning and gnashing of teeth. Unlike safetyism, the promises of God never change!

What is Hope

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25

As I see it, there are two kinds of “hope” people use as a definition. There is worldly hope, which really isn’t hope, and biblical hope. The world uses the word “hope” as does the church, but in different ways and totally different definitions.

Worldly hope encompasses doubt. It is a superstitious hope which uses chance and luck. The sinner with this kind of hope crosses their fingers, clings to a rabbit foot in an expectation of a future event or circumstance. They’ll say for example “I hope it rains tomorrow” as a question, not in faith. Or when asked a question, the answer will be “I hope so?” This definition of hope is absurd, but it is the most common use of the word.

Biblical hope, one who believes God exists, encompasses assurance. It is an assured expectation which has no doubt attached. In the Bible it is defined in the Old Testament as a “cord” which has a tension.

The Hebrew word “ṯiq-wā-ṯî;” is generally defined as “to expect”, and it is related to the Hebrew word “qiw-wî-ṯî”, which means to wait for, to expect. or a past tense to look eagerly. Job 17:15 for example states “Where then is my hope (ṯiq-wā-ṯî;) ? And who looks at my hope (ṯiq-wā-ṯî;)?” Genesis 49:18 states “I have waited (qiw-wî-ṯî) for your salvation, O LORD!”

In both circumstances the hope we see is an assurance. There isn’t a doubt attached or wondering. It is simply knowing by faith that the Lord will provide according to His will and to His promises.

In the New Testament, the Greek word used is “elpiousin” as the word for “hope”. We read in Matthew 12:21 “AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE. (elpiousin)”. Hope here encompasses a trust in what the Lord has promised in the past and the full assured expectation of what was to come in the future. The word “elpizomenōn” is the past tense as in “hoped’ or “trusted”. Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

So we see in Hebrews 11:1 a key component of biblical hope, which is FAITH. The saved sinner with faith will hope in assurance of things to come, the future promises God has revealed for them. There can be NO DOUBT in this type of hope or you discard your faith. So it is quite important as you read the Bible and you see the word “hope” that you do not presuppose worldly hope, which isn’t hope but doubt, into that reading.

Born fallen sinners, we naturally doubt. Thus, I believe every human being who begun to use the word “hope” in their lingo, encompassed doubt and superstition as that definition. We did not trust there was a God and because of not having faith, we used that word in vain. We used the word more as a question than an answer.

Hebrews 6:18-19 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain

So hope which encompasses faith will always have full assurance in the hope. You are not doubting God’s provision or His will or His existence. You believe His promises for your future! This would mean if you have been saved, the hope for eternal life as you read in Scripture always comes with a full assurance. You live in this hope!

Every false gospel and church will use the word “hope” in its worldly sense. The teach doubt in Jesus Christ, doubt yourself, doubt His salvation, and work harder. This is NOT hope but doubt! Pure hope will always trust in faith.

Like faith, we grow in hope. A newborn sinner’s hope will be different than a Christian who has been saved for decades. The hope, the assurance grows stronger as your faith grows. If you are doubting God’s promises and are still in the crossing your fingers stages, you are not hoping in faith. You simply are not saved and most likely part of a false church which perverts the word “hope”.

Lastly, in 43 years as a Roman Catholic I was never taught the biblical meaning as I described as “hope”. It was always a doubt, and unknown, which never exuded faith, but a superstitious expectation of what may or may not happen upon my judgment day. Now as a Christian, my hope encompasses FULL assurance in every promise God has granted to me.

Are you hoping in faith, or are you still doubting? That should be the discipline in the HONEST examination of everyone’s faith.

Hebrews 6: 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.