Salvation the hope
Nearly every believer in Jesus says they are saved. They completely ignore that our New Testament speaks of God calling things that are not as if they were. When confronted by this, we say not in our gospel you don’t.
If Paul was so certain of the fact of the believer’s salvation, why did he tell the believer to put on the hope of salvation for their spiritual armor?
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Why would Paul speak of a hope of salvation to a believer? If these believers had salvation there would be no need for hoping would there? I mean really, who hopes for what he has? Paul even taught nobody hopes for what he has.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Wait for it! We wait for it. Then it must not mean that those who are waiting and looking for the return of Jesus to bring them their salvation, are hoping for Him to save them physically only. It must mean what Paul says, that our salvation is a hope.
Peter even agrees that our salvation is but a hope. For he too says we have been birthed into hope. This hope comes to us through the resurrection of Christ. Peter further says that by our faith we are shielded by God’s power until guess what? Until the coming of salvation, not a tense of salvation, physical salvation but salvation to be revealed in the last time.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Have we forgotten that Jesus is our salvation? That He is to be revealed in all His glory at His coming. Have we forgotten the testimony of Simeon? Jesus is our salvation that is to be revealed in the day of His coming.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
The scriptural teaching of our salvation being a hope that we wait for patiently until the coming of the one who is to bring us our salvation, is agreed to by the writers of Hebrews.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
We all know Christ bore our sins when He came the first time, how is it nearly all of us have somehow missed the teaching in scripture that we as believers have a coming hope of salvation at Christ return? Oh I know how this happened. We ignore the other scriptural teaching that God calls things that are not as if they were when scripture speaks of our hope of salvation as a done deal.
Could this hope of salvation to come to us at Christ return be the reason why scripture over and over again uses certain words? You know like deposit, guaranteed, assurance and heirs. All words that imply something hoped for, longed for, yet not quite possessed by the one doing the hoping.
Because of this hope we are urged not to receive the grace of God in vain.
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9
 Romans 8:24-25
 1 Peter 1:3-5
 Luke 2:30
 Hebrews 9:28
 2 Corinthians 6:1