A New Hope

For two millennia, we have misunderstood or misinterpreted many words in the Bible.  Even our wisest scholars still argue the different meanings of biblical words.  In order to understand what a text tells us, we have to determine the most accurate context and best word usage the author employs.  For example, consider the wonderful word “HOPE”.  Hope is one of the three that remain in the classic love text in 1 Corinthians 13.  Somehow, our common usage of the word doesn’t quite capture the biblical meaning.  I hope it isn’t cold today.  I hope my car will start today.  I hope to have enough money to get by this week. I hope my children will grow up to be great citizens.  The standard definition that we’ve all come to accept is “a feeling that something desired may happen”.  So very vague, isn’t it?  This definition is not the biblical hope.  Let’s explore it together this Sunday when we talk about “Our Only Hope”.

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