“for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.“
Some main points from the message “The Making of Hope”…
Christmas is part of what God is up to!
God was in the process of bringing hope to the world.
The world’s definition of hope is a feeling that what is wanted will happen.
Then there’s God’s hope!
There was a strong need for hope – for the law made nothing perfect
The Message Bible translation – The former way of doing things, a system of commandments that never worked out the way it was supposed to, was set aside; the law brought nothing to maturity.
Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
God let us know about the consequences of having the wrong hope:
Job said (Job 31), “If I have made gold my hope,
Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;…
This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment,
For I would have denied God who is above.”
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Job 31:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite,
Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life?
Children of God know some things about this better hope:
- It comes through the grace of God
- It comes through the gospel
- It comes through faith – Gal. 5:5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
- It comes through the word of God
- patience and comfort of Scriptures (Romans 15:4)
- God’s definition of hope has to do with the fulfillment of His promises.
There’s an anticipation of a favorable outcome under God’s guidance.
In fact true hope is the confidence that what God has done for us in the past guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future!