The hope in the assurance of the fullness of salvation is expressed in this explanation of hope in the eight steps to glory by J. Cottrell.
Biblical hope has three characteristics.
- First, it is an attitude of confident expectation, and thus is quite unlike the wishful thinking or futile desire for the unexpected that we often describe as hope (e.g., “I hope I win the Reader’s Digest sweepstakes this year!”). Biblical hope is a feeling of certainty, not uncertainty, and thus itself is equivalent to assurance.
- Second, hope is a confident expectation of something good. One may confidently expect something bad, such as the pain of a surgical procedure; but this is dread, not hope. As Christians we have “hope of the glory of God,” the confident expectation of experiencing all the blessings of eternal life in the presence of God’s glory. That’s as good as it gets!
- Third, biblical hope is the confident expectation of something good that lies in the future. The object of hope is not already present but is always yet to come (Rom 8:24–25). Thus even though we do not yet possess the fullness of salvation, we have assurance it will be ours on the Day of Judgment.
The interlocking “eight steps to glory” in Rom 5:1–11 are thus:
The eternal, infinite love of God, which provides —
The saving work of Jesus Christ, which is the object of —
Our faith, through which we have access to —
The grace of God, which includes —
Justification (forgiveness), which gives us —
Peace with God (reconciliation), which results in —
Hope (assurance of salvation), which results in —
Joy, in anticipation of the glory of God!
 Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (385). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 4:53 AM CDT