When Hope Is a Noun


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

We hope from the time of our childhood; I hoped as a child that I would get a certain gift at Christmas, I hoped I would pass my driver’s test when I turned 16, and then I hoped I would find a car I could afford. I hoped for a job that would help me through college. And, so it went, sometimes I was disappointed, sometimes not.


But as I read the Bible I noticed that many times hope was not a verb – a word denoting some kind of action, but hope was a noun – a person, place or thing. I eventually learned that my “hope” could be a sure thing. It is something I know as a reality. There was a time as a teenager that I hoped (verb) if I died I would go to heaven. When I was 16yrs. old that verb became a noun! 1 John 5:13 was explained to me. “These things have I written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” My hope in a person (noun) came to be a reality in the person of Jesus Christ; “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, WHO IS OUR HOPE.”

My hope not only was now in a person, but because of my hope in Him I began to know hope in a place (noun) called heaven, “If in this life only we have hope we are of all men most miserable.” (1 Cor. 15) “But now they (saints of the past) desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Jesus told his disciples before He left to go back to His Father that He was preparing a home for them in heaven and that one day He would take them there. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” (Heb. 6:19) But there is also a thing (noun) called eternal life; “…in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” (Titus 1:2) Jesus words were straightforward to the Jews who questioned his deity; “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” (John 6)

So, my hope is a noun and is in the person of Jesus Christ, and it is in a place called heaven where I am already a citizen,(Philippians 3:20) and it is in this thing called eternal life which I have forever to spend with the One who is the foundation of all my hope.
Is your hope in this life a verb or a noun?