For in hope we have been saved [or, by hope we have been saved], but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
A Mystery Disclosed
I have become its servant [the servant of the church] by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people [the saints]. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. NIV
Let’s repeat that last verse again for emphasis:
To them [the saints of God] God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Three Short Words
Only Two Possibilities
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
The Necessity of Hope
Dear Lord Jesus, I want to receive You fully into my life right now. Come into me, and flood my entire being with Your hope—the hope of glory. I open my heart to You now—more fully than I ever have before. Thank You that You have come into me—making it so that I will never again be without hope and without God in the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.