3 thoughts on “What’s the difference between having faith & hope?

  1. Another way of understanding faith and hope is this: Faith is knowledge that comes from the mind of God: ICor 2(entire chapter); and hope is God’s guarantee that your faith will be sustained. If you start with faith, you will always be within God’s will because the Holy Spirit will communicate to you knowledge from the mind of God. Once you have this knowledge you can never be without hope, that is knowing that things that are not yet seen or evident will eventually be revealed.

    For me, one of the most profound truths about faith is in verses 6 through 12 of I Cor 2:

    6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

    “What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
    and what no human mind has conceived”[b]—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
    10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

    The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us,

    May God Bless you, Brother Samuel

    1. Very profound thought my brother. So faith is not only knowledge from God, it is divinely revealed wisdom that will make sense in reverse. The rulers of this age who were not in faith that crucified the Lord did not understand the implications of the crucifixion until after it happened.

      1. Yes, Knowledge from the mind of God is more accurately described as divine wisdom. Unfortunately, the descendants of those rulers who crucified Jesus Christ, will still not understand what was done:
        Zachariah 13:6
        And one shall say to him, What are these wounds in your hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

        I am not sure the rulers of this age understand to this day the implications of the crucifixion, because their mind’s are not one with the Spirit of God. However, once anyone, ruler or not, crucifies their sinful nature and allows that nature to die, that nature is replaced with a new nature and the person has the mind of Christ and all things, past, present and future will be revealed to them. They then live a life of faith guided by the wisdom of God via the Holy Spirit, the gift freely given by Jesus Christ.

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