Romans 8:24–25 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
There has been an obvious contrast between optimists and pessimists over the years. However, as biblical men, we ought to be “hopeful realists”. This is because we are waiting on Christ to redeem us from this corrupt world, and take all believers to be with him for eternity.
Our redemption has not yet come, but we are hopeful. We are realists because our hope is as secure as the first coming of Christ was. The Old Testament prophecies spoke of Jesus for thousands of years, and they were fulfilled in Jesus.
In the same way, the New Testament prophecies have clearly spoken of the salvation of those who believe the Gospel of grace, as well as the second coming of Christ. So our hope is not unrealistic. Just as Christ came the first time, He will come again.
Don’t be discouraged by those who reject Christ, or those who live in doubt of His return. Your calm assurance provides an inner peace that they do not have.
Titus 2:12–13 “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Hope in the reality of Christ’s coming redemption.