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Love Always Hopes

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ray_of_hope.jpgThis deep-dive into the nature of God ought to leave us breathless. As we have already seen from the fathomless nature of God's loving nature we are indeed safe and sound.  We are close now to the summit and the thought that the apostle Paul now introduces is quite extraordinary - "agape", says "always hopes".  

This must follow since it believes all things and bears all things it must also always hope.   In modern usage, hope is a general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled. Without wishing to open a can of theological worms, God's desire is that all men come to the saving knowledge of his Son Jesus [1 Tim 2:4].  agapē waits always hoping and always knowing.

 Hope in this context literally means to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence.   No wonder Abraham is was called the friend of God [Isa 41:8] because as the Apostle Paul tells us:  Roms 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead--since he was about a hundred years old--and that Sarah's womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised."  When Abraham began his walk with God, his name was not Abraham but Abram [Neh 9:7] but God changed his name.  

And he did so not simply as a covenant sign but also as an indicator for those of us that would follow in his footsteps that Abram and his wife Sari had undergone a profound change of nature.  What made Abraham the man of faith is that he was transformed from being an outer person, a see-at-er, a person ruled by appearances to becoming  an inner person a see-through-er; as person good see the invisible and thus believe for the impossible. He and Sari saw that Christ was their life. Through their crisis of circumstances they came through to an inner-consciousness of Christ as their indwelling life and that recognition settled them in their faith and in his faithfulness. They had what we might call an "AH - I see moment"  and so his name was changed to from Abram to Abr-AH!-am! and from Sari to SarAH!      

God the Father, the One who knows the end from the beginning is the ultimate see-through-er and it ought to be a source of great comfort and consolation to us to know that God himself, by nature always hopes.   As Billy Graham once said - "I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."  

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