The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. Hope has its degrees, as faith also. The promise of blessedness God has made to believers, is from God’s eternal purpose, settled between the eternal Father, Son, and Spirit. These promises of God may safely be depended upon; for here we have two things which cannot change, the counsel and the oath of God, in which it is not possible for God to lie; it would be contrary to his nature as well as to his will. And as He cannot lie; the destruction of the unbeliever, and the salvation of the believer, are alike certain. Here observe, those to whom God has given full security of happiness, have a title to the promises by inheritance. The consolations of God are strong enough to support his people under their heaviest trials. Here is a refuge for all sinners who flee to the mercy of God, through the redemption of Christ, according to the covenant of grace, laying aside all other confidences. We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor in the storms of this world. It is sure and stedfast, or it could not keep us so. The free grace of God, the merits and mediation of Christ, and the powerful influences of his Spirit, are the grounds of this hope, and so it is a stedfast hope. Christ is the object and ground of the believer’s hope. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for his appearance, when we shall certainly appear with him in glory. – Matthew Henry
Hope means “full assurance” and in the state of our minds it is a firm persuasion, a full conviction, where there is no doubt. It may be seen as simply an earnest desire which by implication, an expectation to obtain it and so defining it a little more differently than a dream. Others may see it simply as a wish to reach heaven which by implication, a reason to believe they will. Problem with anything else but full assurance, firm persuasion and full conviction is that the basis of one’s hope is not in Christ but in themselves. They fall prey to the simple human dialogue – I have to live a certain life worthy enough to earn heaven. That is messy and not what Christ had in mind. Hope rests in the free grace of God through Jesus. Faith placed in Christ, God’s gift to us, places us in the love of the Father. With His love comes His promises fulfilled. In those promises, we have hope.
For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. – Hebrews 6:10-12