Hope is the least prominent of the three Christian virtues, faith, hope, and love. Christians believe that faith is God’s gracious gift which is essential for salvation, it is required in order to come to God in a manner that pleases Him, and it is the means through which God’s people are justified. Christians know that love is the greatest of the three virtues. (1 Cor. 13:13.) The life of the Christian must be characterized by love; love for God, and love for one’s neighbor. (Luke 10:27.) Although hope is not the greatest of the three virtues, analysis of The Christian’s Reasonable Service by Wilhelmus à Brakel gives much evidence to argue that hope is integral to biblical experimental Christianity, it is worthy of study and promotion, and it is fundamental to a God-glorifying life.
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