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Faith and Hope
The English words faith and hope carry the idea of trust, assurance that what has been told will occur. The word hope means confidence, reliance, trust, belief, and assurance. There is within Scripture a clear connection between the concepts of faith and hope. Hebrews 11:1 teaches that
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In Romans 8:24 we learn that we are saved by hope and yet Ephesians 2:8 teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. We are told to place our faith and hope in God in 1 Peter 1:21.So what does it all mean? What exactly is faith and how does it relate to words like trust, hope, and believe.The KJV states that the unidentified writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews wrote (at 11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”The NLT translates the passage as, "What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of thi…