What is hope?

Christian hope is rooted in faith in the divine salvation in Christ. Savour these 14 verses of hope in the Bible.

Most people understand hope as wishful thinking. They say: “I hope something will happen.” This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is a confident expectation.

Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown. Without hope, life loses its meaning. There is no hope in death. The righteous that trust or put their hope in God will be helped, and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed. The righteous, those who have this trustful hope in God, have a general confidence in God’s protection and help. They are free from fear and anxiety.

In the New Testament hope is recognising that the promises of the Old Testament have been fulfilled. Christian hope is rooted in faith in the divine salvation in Christ. The certainty of this blessed future is guaranteed through the indwelling of the Spirit, Christ in us, and the resurrection of Christ. Hope is produced by endurance through suffering and is the inspiration behind endurance. Those who hope in Christ will see Him exalted in life and in death.

Trustworthy promises from God give us hope so that we may have great boldness in our faith. By contrast, those who do not place their trust in God are said to be without hope. Hope produces joy and peace in believers through the power of the Spirit.

Read these verses of hope in the Bible

ROMANS 8:24-25

For in this hope we were saved. 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.


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.


There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

ACTS 2:26

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope …


‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to pros­per you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’


For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.


Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.


But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if in­deed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

1 TIMOTHY 4:10

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.


To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

ROMANS 5:2-5

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces per­severance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

ROMANS 15:13

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 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

1 PETER 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead …

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