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Is There Any Difference Between Faith and Hope?

15 Feb

Now, that’s a good question!  At first glance, this question looks like a no-brainer.  But when you stop and think about it, you begin scratching your head and you go “Hmm, yes and no?”  Well, let’s let Martin Luther help us out here.  Here is what he had to say in response to this question in his Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians:

The question occurs to us, What difference is there between faith and hope? We find it difficult to see any difference. Faith and hope are so closely linked that they cannot be separated. Still there is a difference between them.

First, hope and faith differ in regard to their sources. Faith originates in the understanding, while hope rises in the will.

Secondly, they differ in regard to their functions. Faith says what is to be done. Faith teaches, describes, directs. Hope exhorts the mind to be strong and courageous.

Thirdly, they differ in regard to their objectives. Faith concentrates on the truth. Hope looks to the goodness of God.

Fourthly, they differ in sequence. Faith is the beginning of life before tribulation. (Hebrews 11.) Hope comes later and is born of tribulation. (Romans 5.)

Fifthly, they differ in regard to their effects. Faith is a judge. It judges errors. Hope is a soldier. It fights against tribulations, the Cross, despondency, despair, and waits for better things to come in the midst of evil.

Without hope faith cannot endure. On the other hand, hope without faith is blind rashness and arrogance because it lacks knowledge. Before anything else a Christian must have the insight of faith, so that the intellect may know its directions in the day of trouble and the heart may hope for better things. By faith we begin, by hope we continue.

Would you like to interact with Martin Luther?  Please post your comments below.  Blessings in Christ!

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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Bible Answers

 

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3 responses to “Is There Any Difference Between Faith and Hope?

  1. Khama Mphatso

    February 20, 2012 at 09:15

    Hope without faith is blind rashiness and arrogance.I like the expression. Alot of people who had seemingly had everything in the Lord have been devastated because of this. Hope must be out of something really within, the real faith, full knowledge and appreciation of the Lord and His love.
    I’m amazed by the daily dicoveries of certain things taken forgrated for so long.
    I praise Him.

     
  2. AWESOMELY AWESOME SAGE ADVICE

    September 16, 2012 at 12:08

    You could hope to have faith, but you can’t faith to have hope.

     
  3. Amaechi Emmanuel

    January 22, 2013 at 01:58

    faith is the first thing and hope keep US going

     
 
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