1 Corinthians 13:13
ESV - 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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This faith is a complete trust or confidence in something. Faith involves intellectual assent to a set of facts and trust in those facts. For example, we have faith in Jesus Christ. This means we completely trust Jesus for our eternal destiny. We give intellectual assent to the facts of His substitutionary death and bodily resurrection, and we then trust in His death and resurrection for our salvation. Biblical hope is built on faith. Hope is the earnest anticipation that comes with believing something good. Hope is a confident expectation that naturally stems from faith. Hope is a peaceful assurance that something that hasn’t happened yet will indeed happen. Hope must involve something that is as yet unseen: “Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” (Romans 8:24). Jesus’ return is our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13)—we can’t see Him yet, but we know He’s coming, and we anticipate that event with joy.
As Hebrews 11:1 puts it, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hope is a wish or desire. Faith gives substance to that hope, turning it into an assured expectation of receipt or realization of the thing hoped for based on evidence (even if that evidence does not include actually seeing the full realization of the thing hoped for). (Even Paul (to whom Jesus actually appeared (Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8)) said in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "We walk by faith, not by sight.") I have never seen Jesus. But I have faith in Him based on the accounts of both the Bible (written by people who DID see Him) and secular history (with which events in the Bible are in agreement). While I have hope of eternal life, I also have faith (not just hope) that I do in fact have that eternal life, based on His recorded words, and by the reality of His resurrection from the dead (again, as attested to by witnesses (who, in addition to their testimony of what they had witnessed, were willing to die for that testimony).
Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The prophecy of Christ is our substance for the hope of salvation. Walking in a fallen world and fearing no evil is our evidence of things not seen, (we being saved by the blood of Christ).
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