Have you ever heard the phrase “abiding hope?” How about “Faith?” You are probably a lot more familiar with the latter, but have you heard of abiding hope before? What does abiding hope even mean?
As we discuss the differences, let’s start by defining the words starting with “Faith.”
“Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof. It may also refer to a particular system of religious belief.” Dictionary.com
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen
As I was doing research for this article I thought it would be easy to find out what abiding hope meant. I had heard it plenty of times before and thought there would be a lot on this subject. It is a church phrase. But there was not much of anything that I could find.
So the only choice is to start from the ground up. Here are the basic meanings of the words according to dictionary.com and bible.org.
Abide: to remain or continue, to wait for: “to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.”
Hope: to cherish a desire with anticipation: to desire with expectation of obtainment: to expect with confidence: trust
“Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.” Though archaic today in modern terms, hope is akin to trust and a confident expectation. – https://bible.org/article/hope
So if we were to put the two words together I think the definition would be something close to the following.
Abiding hope is confidently waiting with patience for a future expectation.Abiding hope is confidently waiting with patience for a future expectation. Click To Tweet
Abiding hope is patient.
But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25
This verse refers to abiding hope. But the hope is our future eternal inheritance. It is this hope that we are to patiently wait for.
Titus 2:13 – Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ
The hope and future expectation that we are waiting for is the 2nd coming of Christ.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
As we trust Him, God gives us hope overflowing. And the cool part is that it is the Holy Spirit’s power that gives us this amazing hope.
So faith is confidence in what is not seen. Abiding hope is confidently waiting with patience for a future expectation.
Here is what I see is the difference:
Faith is necessary for our salvation.
Abiding Hope takes that Salvation and give us patience while we wait for our eternal home with Christ.
Faith gives us the confidence and belief in something that we have not seen – what we are hoping for (Christ-Heaven-Eternal Life)
Abiding Hope takes that and allows us to wait with expectation in the now for what will happen in the future.
The bottom line is that by faith we come to Christ and rest upon who He is, and through the Holy Spirit we have abiding hope that Christ will return and we will live eternally.
So we wait with patience in our daily lives looking to the future. We will live our lives differently because of abiding hope. How will you live your life differently?
Thank you Jesus for faith to believe, abiding hope to live through the power of the Holy Spirit and hope to live our lives.Titus 2:13 - Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior… Click To Tweet
What do you think about the definition of Abiding Hope?
What are the main differences for you between Faith and Abiding Hope?
I would love to hear your thoughts!