Good morning, I’m Maurice Barratt and I’ve got
another meditation for you. It’s the 30th of December so I’d like to wish you a
blessed, and prosperous, and fruitful 2020. I believe it’s going to be a momentous
year for planet Earth, but time will tell. So this Monday I want to talk about the
difference between faith and hope. What’s the difference? Well let’s talk about
faith first. By faith we can achieve things and change situations. Hebrews 11
is the chapter that people use on faith and I’m going to use it. Verse 32, after listing all the
patriarchs on what they did through faith, it says this: What shall I say more?
for the time would fail to tell me of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David also, and
Samuel, and of the prophets who through faith subdued kingdoms. All the things
they did through faith they did the actions. They believed and acted that’s
faith. Wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
quenched the violence of the fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of
weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight and turned to flight
armies of aliens, and women received their dead to life again. Remember faith is
in the action and not the believing. They all acted in faith and received
what they were looking for. Cornelius in Acts 10 is an interesting man because
his works were the acts of faith. His works proved his faith and salvation
was brought to him by Peter. He was the first gentile to receive salvation through
Christ. So they achieved things through the actions of faith. Hope’s
completely different. Hope is what we strongly believe for but have no power
to bring it about. In 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter on love, and verse 13 it says:
Now abideth faith, hope, and love, but the greatest is love. So obviously it’s
in reverse order if it says faith, hope, love, and love is the greatest. So faith is
the weakest, hope is stronger than faith, and greater than faith and hope is love.
So hope is stronger than faith, why is that? It’s because we
believe but we have no power to bring it about. You have to believe
more because there’s no actions you can do. I’m going to use the
resurrection of the dead as an example of hope because we have no part in it
and in the epistles it mentions it quite a lot. Let me read some
of them. 1 Peter 3:15 – Sanctify the Lord God in your heart and
be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks of you a reason of
the hope that is within you with meekness and fear. All he tells you to
do is explain it, he doesn’t say have faith. Titus 2:13 – Looking for that
blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the Great God of our Savior Jesus
Christ. We’re looking for it, there’s nothing we can do about it.
It’s the Blessed hope. Acts 22:6 – But when Paul perceived that the one
part was Sadducees and the other Pharisees he cried out in the council,
Men and brethren I’m a Pharisee and the son of a Pharisee. Of the hope of the
resurrection of the dead I am called in question today. The hope
of the resurrection. Colossians 1:27 – to whom God would make known what is
the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles.
What’s the mystery that the Gentiles don’t know about? Its Christ in you the
hope of glory. The hope of being glorified, the resurrection. We have the
deposit, we have the firstfruits, we have Christ in us and the hope is that one
day this resurrection life, Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life,
will be manifest and will change into immortality. 1 Peter 1:3 – Blessed be the
God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to his abundant mercy has
begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection. So faith, we have to do
the actions and we can receive the promise, we can get results with faith.
Hope we can’t get any results. Faith is weaker than hope, hope is stronger
than faith. So what’s my parting shot? What’s my little moral for this Monday?
Do the works of faith and hold fast on to your hope. Do the works of faith, the
actions of faith that you believe, and hold on to your hope. God bless you.
Have a wonderful 2020. I’ll see you in the new year
for another meditation.