Hope and Patience
Hebrews 3:6 (KJV) But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Hope = joyful anticipation of good. –
If you don’t have joyful anticipation of good you are living a lie. We are to live as though something good is going to happen – soon!
James 1:2-4 (KJV) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James is teaching us that God’s math is different than ours. He tells us to count everything joy. In other words, whatever you add always adds up to good.
Then we are told that patience comes by the testing, or trying, of faith. The pressures of life work patience. The Greek word is, hupomone, which means: patience, enduring, patient continuance, patient waiting, steadfastness, constancy, endurance. What is interesting is that in the New Testament it means, the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings. a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance.
This gives a whole different understanding to the word as we so casually use it in the English language. This is forceful, powerful, loyalty to the calling and purpose of God.
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