The Hope of Christ causes we who believe to agree:
God has placed us among His belongings in Christ.
6 “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5)
How much of this does each of us believe? It is easily determined, how much of this we believe, by an assessment of our “doings”.
The prosperity of riches, among Man, is defined by those things a man might acquire. And so they bear their proper name. Easily lost or destroyed by rust and various decay, such things have no right to bear the name “prosperity”. For no sooner are they acquired (or even desired), they begin their demise.
Penniless paupers are those who desire only the things of this world. But rich are those, and beyond voicing, who place their desire in the things of eternity. This “hope” in Christ we own, is riches unspeakable.
Let the unbeliever ridicule the Christian. Let them hope in every possible “value” in this world. They stand as proud owners of decay. But let understand sink in. The Hope we own in Christ is given to us by He who is endlessly true. Such a One cannot give any decay to anyone. What He gives is a faith that cannot possibly die, except that a man might rise one day to choose doubt over belief.
Yet he who owns Prosperity of Eternity owns what is absolute. This one is rich! He is rich beyond his ability to know, yet he believes.
Doubt belongs to the owners of decay. Belief is received by He who extends eternal riches. Believe and prosper. Doubt and remain a pauper.