I did a google search for Bible passages that deal with hope. I selected the following:
Romans 8:22 – 25 (New International Version)
22- We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23- Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardley as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
24- For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all, Who hopes for what he already has?
25- But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
I pick these passages because of the parts I don’t understand.
It is the hope that you can be redeemed (your soul can be redeemed?) that can “save” you. If you are saved than you will join God in heaven when you die. You won’t know if you have been saved until you are judged by God at our death. You must wait patiently for this redemption. It is this hope that will sustain your faith.
“we, ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the spirit” Firstfruits implies that are more than one fruit of the Spirit, we humans being the first. I was taught that we humans are the only living things with a soul.
“We eagerly await our adoption as sons”. If you accept God’s guidance/plan aren’t you saved, adopted, while you are alive. Does the fact that you can’t know God’s judgement mean you can’t know if you really have been saved until after you die?
“But hope that is seen is no hope at all, Who hopes for what he already has?”
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
What you are hoping for is to be redeemed. Is this going back to the point that you can’t know if you will be redeemed until after you die. You must wait patiently until you are judged by God?
My question point out the reason I was amazed that I passed Bible study class. Maybe the priest just couldn’t face having me back for more lessons. 🙂