Faith and hope are different affections, for faith is not hope nor hope faith; and yet, because of the great affinity that exists between them, it is impossible to separate them...By faith we began (our spiritual life), by hope we continue it, and by revelation we shall obtain the whole.  Meanwhile, as long as we live, we preach the Word and spread the knowledge of Christ among others, because we believe.  When we do this, we suffer persecution (according to the text: "I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted." Ps. 116:10), bouyed up by hope, Scripture exhorting us with the sweetest and most consoling promises, which faith has taught us.  In this way hope springs up and incresaes within us (Romans 15:4): "That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."  This is why Paul, not without cause, joins patience in tribulation with hope (Romans 5 and 8 and elsewhere); for by these hope is stirred up.  Faith, as I have pointed out above, exists before hope; for it is the beginning of life...Hope is nothing else than spiritual courage, while faith is spiritual prudence.

What Luther Says - para # 2069

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