Take Hold Of The Hope That I Offer
TAKE HOLD OF THE HOPE THAT I OFFER TO you—and be greatly encouraged. The hope of heaven is your birthright as a Christian. Many, many blessings flow out of that glorious promise into your present life in this world. Notice, however, that take hold is an active verb— requiring effort on your part. As the apostle Paul taught, you need to press on toward the goal and live up to what you have already attained. This requires you to exert yourself—grasping onto the heavenly hope from which so many blessings flow.
One of those blessings is encouragement. Be encouraged is a passive form of the verb. You receive encouragement as a free gift from Me when you make the effort to hold on to your hope—focusing on what I've already done (died for your sins), what I am doing (living in you), and what I will do (take you home to heaven). I love to give good gifts in generous proportions. So cling to hope, beloved, and you will be greatly encouraged.
God [confirmed his promise to Abraham] so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
~ Sarah Young ~