Hope

Paintings: “Fides,” “Spes,” and “Caritas” all painted by 19th Century Painter Sir Edward Coley BurneJones.

Therefore… fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:13

Hope can be defined as the desire for and anticipation of the good. The good we anticipate is “the redemption of all creation.” Currently Christians live in the tension between a fallen world and the fulfillment of Christ’s work of salvation. Some call this period “the already but not yet.” While we know that Christ has overcome the world, we are still plagued by sin and darkness in ourselves and our surroundings. Hope is the anchor of the soul that keeps us from despairing on account of the darkness and keeps our hearts filled with the light of God’s promises. Hope also keeps us humble because the one who hopes by definition awaits something more. Therefore, the virtue of hope keeps us from presumptuously claiming to have arrived at Christian perfection.

Again according to Jonathan Wilson, if faith is the Christian way of knowing, hope is the Christian way of being. Hope enables us to wait for the fulfillment of God’s promises virtuously. A sense of peace often pervades Christian communities when the world is falling apart because we know that the God of our hope will not disappoint us. We know by faith that there is more than meets the eye and when the illusionary hopes of the world crumble, our hope in Christ will never fail.

 

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