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5 For [dia] the hope [elpis] which [ho] is laid up [apokeimai] for you [humin] in [en] heaven [ouranos], whereof [hos] ye heard before [proakouo] in [en] the word [logos] of the
truth [aletheia] of
the gospel [euaggelion]; KJV-Interlinear
5 because of the hope laid up for
you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel, NASB
The word, before, proakouo, refers to a contrasting view.On the one hand, when before you heard the
gospel, your knowledge was limited to that which you knew only from the world.And the world offered no hope.
Hope has three connotations
here.First there is the expectation of
something.Second, there is the
anticipation of something, and then third, there is the confidence of
something.All three must have an object
with which to focus ones future beliefs.
As for the world, there
is no future of any significance or substance, there is not even the slightest
of expectations, or anything in reality with which to focus ones attention.Therefore, in that regard, any expectations,
any anticipations, any confidence from this world, is based on an imagined idea
(love, happiness, success, etc), that lacks substance and therefore will never
An example of this is
your expectation that one day you will discover how to convert rocks into gold,
with the mere thought from your mind.Ridiculous?Of course, but that is exactly what folks do with respect to the world when they
keep Bible doctrine out of their life.They are expecting success, love, happiness, or whatever, and they will
never come to pass.
And on the other hand,
when doctrine is made a significant part of your life, then your expectations,
your anticipations, your confidences are based on someone (in this case, Jesus
Christ), who is very real, very powerful, and very much in control over every
aspect of life.
The world will always
promote its agenda.It will promote
hustle, connections, networking, organization, human skills, human attributes,
human motives, human good intentions, etc.And in fact these will all end up as dead ends, when truth is excluded.
Bible doctrine, on the
other hand, promotes your relationship with God, which will continually be
attacked and tested, by the world.The
world will always promote doubt, questioning, and the world will inundate you
with examples of those who disregard God, but who are seemingly successful, or
always falling into the good luck of the world.And as you try and try, over and over, you ll wonder why it is that your
life doesn t seem to reap some of those blessings that others seem to be
are less than deserving, of course.
So, there is the hope
of the world, and the hope from within your spiritual life.The world promotes the tangible things of the
world, and God promotes the intangible relationship with Himself.
The difference between
what you can see, and what you cannot see, is faith.And faith is one of the most difficult
attributes to develop in our life.Only
time, patience, study and the daily repetition of ones
spiritual life, will develop faith to its fullest, and
confidence to its maximum, and the benefits from God to beyond their limits.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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