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Distinguish between things that differ: Example 6

Another example where it is necessary to distinguish between things that differ is to observe carefully the various shades of – meaning given to the word hope. In some passages the reference is to the grace of hope, the faculty by which we expect some future good, as in “faith, hope, charity” (1 Corinthians 13:13), of which God is the Author—“the God of hope” (Romans 15:13). In some verses it is the ground of expectation, that on which it rests, as it is said of Abraham, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations,” which is explained in what follows:

“according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be” (Romans 4:18)

—his hope reposing upon the sure promise of God. In other places it is the object of hope that is in view, the things expected, or the One in whom our confidence is placed, as in “the hope which is laid up for you in heaven” (Colossians 1:5), “looking for that blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), “O Lord, the hope of Israel” (Jeremiah 17:13). Occasionally the term signifies the assurance which is produced, as in “my flesh also shall rest in hope” (Psalm 16:9) and “rejoice in hope…hope maketh not ashamed” (Romans 5:2, 5).

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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