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4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,


The fifth benefit of justification is that character results in confidence (“hope”).

4 and character produces hope,

Proven character produces “hope” or confidence. A character tested by God reveals a person’s confidence in God. This is confidence or the expectation that God will be true to His promises in all circumstances. He will sustain the believer through it all.

PRINCIPLE:

Steadfastness deepens character by placing more confidence in God’s promises.

APPLICATION:

Difficulties produce character that we would not have otherwise. This character in turn generates confidence in God’s promises. Steady confidence is the result. Pagans bow to the inevitable, but Christians accept suffering knowing that eternity is ahead. This produces a steadfast hope for the believer.

1 Th 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

1 Th 1:13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

Hope is the expectation of direction and keeping by God.

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