INTRODUCTION

I am currently writing my first book.  My editor suggested I include more content about hope.  Her suggestion was excellent.  The following question arose:  how do I identify Scripture about hope?  As the title of this article reads, try using the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible to locate relevant passages.

Let me describe the results of my search.

WHAT IS THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE?

A description of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible from Christianbook is below (link https://www.christianbook.com/kjv-thompson-reference-bonded-leather-black/9780310459927/pd/459927?event=Bibles|1001876#CBD-PD-Description  ) :

The KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible compels you to experience the harmony of God’s Word with an optimal cross-reference system that has been enriching the spiritual hearts and minds of believers for over 100 years!

Scripture is presented with a reference system that acts as a guide, not merely a tool, allowing you to explore a specific topic methodically through the entirety of the text. Relevant scripture verses are linked together, with over 100,000 topical references and 8,000 chain topics, enabling a study of the Bible that is relevant for all of the faithful- from those interested in what the Bible says about a particular word of interest to those wanting to prepare a sermon that delivers the unity of God’s special revelation to a divided world.

Some biblical study helps can be cluttered in with God’s Word; unintentionally distracting the reader from the simplicity of biblical truth. You will find, however, that the KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible’s highly structured and organized cross-reference system has been refined and updated through the years to deliver a reading and study experience that will encourage you to explore Scripture and discover what God has revealed about topics that interest you.

FINDING HOPE

The General Index lists Reference Nos. 1691-1693 for spiritual hope, eternal hope, and hope in God, respectively.  Reference No, 1691 includes the following headings that are relevant to my search: the saving element in life (Romans 8:24), the Scriptures the source of (Romans 15:4), believers called to testify concerning (1 Peter 3:15), and inspires to clean living (1 John 3:3).  Reference No. 1692 includes the following headings: the soul’s sure anchor (Hebrews 6:18-19), a heavenly treasure (Colossians 1:5), anticipates Christ’s coming (Titus 2:13), and grounded in the resurrection of Christ (1 Peter 1:3).  Reference No 1693 includes citations to Psalms 31:24; 33:18; 39:7; 42:11; 71:5; and 146:5.

While there is more work to do, the relevant citations are set forth below and provide an excellent starting point.

Romans 8:24 (HCSB) – 24 Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?

Romans 15:4 (HCSB) – 4 For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.

1 Peter 3:15 (HCSB) – 15 but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

1 John 3:3 (HCSB) – 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

Hebrews 6:18–19 (HCSB) – 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

Colossians 1:5 (HCSB) – 5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel

Titus 2:13 (HCSB) – 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 31:24 (HCSB) – 24 Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.

Psalm 33:18 (HCSB) – 18 Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him— those who depend on His faithful love

Psalm 39:7 (HCSB) – 7 Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

Psalm 42:11 (HCSB) – 11 Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 71:5 (HCSB) – 5 For You are my hope, Lord God, my confidence from my youth.

Psalm 146:5 (HCSB) – 5 Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,

CONCLUSION

I hope this article is helpful.  I strongly recommend that you purchase a Thompson Chain-Reference Bible.  Zondervan is offering an updated version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible.

In the next two articles, I will look at using an exhaustive concordance to identify passages about hope.

If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, unless God intervenes, your eternal destination is hell.  But, your destiny can change. 

Today can be the day of your salvation!  Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved.  You can also go to another article at my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/10/20/there-is-hope-even-when-there-seems-to-be-no-hope-2/ ). 

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