This blog post was written by CityLighter Matt Rodriguez on hope.
What is hope? Modern day worldly definitions of hope are things “wished for” or “desired,” but “with no real assurance of getting that wish or desire.” In Scripture, hope is defined as the complete opposite. It is certainty.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls
Lets take a look at 10 observations:
1. It is by his mercy (oh sovereign God) that He allows us to be born again. I know this because in verse 3 it says, “He has caused us to be born again…”
2. To what? To a living hope. This tells me two things: 1) to realize we put our hope in Someone (not something) who is alive and well, Jesus. Sometimes we (myself included) tend to have this natural sin desire to put hope in things that had a beginning and will have an end, for example, our government, cultural ideas, worldly organizations, people who don’t KNOW Christ, science, material possessions, etc. 1 Peter 1:3 tells me that there is a shift of hope when we become born again. Our hope goes from the world (dead hope) to Jesus Christ (hope that lives), 2) Our hope in Jesus Christ is constant, daily hope. I get this also from the word “living” in verse 3. In Romans 8:25, “we wait for it with patience.” Hope is daily.
3. We hope and have a living hope (Jesus) through the resurrection of Himself. We have to constantly look back on what happened on the cross and know for a certain that He did rise from the dead. The world knows there was a man named Jesus who was crucified, but the world denies and doesn’t believe in the resurrection. That separates us from them.
4. You hope in Jesus Christ and because of that hope in Jesus Christ there is an inheritance waiting for you in heaven. You don’t hope in the inheritance, you hope in Jesus Christ. Hope in Jesus through the resurrection and by faith = inheritance.
5. By faith your inheritance is guarded. Hope in Jesus through the resurrection by faith = inheritance guarded by faith. Hope and faith go hand in hand.
6. Nothing can touch your inheritance; it is guarded by God Himself.
7. What are you having faith in? That salvation will be revealed to all. Not everyone will be saved, but salvation will be revealed to them. They will know it when they see Jesus coming for His people.
8. Rejoice in knowing He’s coming back for you. Hope also goes hand in hand with joy. You know for a certain. That’s what hope is – certainty.
9 Also know, you will have trials and you will be grieved by them. This is to test your faith to see if it is genuine. How do I know if my faith is genuine? When tested you will praise God all the more, give God glory all the more, and honor Him. If there is one thing you can bank on it is you know the revelation of Jesus Christ. Again I say rejoice!!!!
10. Do you see Him with your eyes? No. And yet you still believe. praise His name you who believe, but do not see for that is hope. He longs for us to be filled with joy and to give Him glory above all else. For if you are in constant joy and are giving Him glory above all else, by faith you will obtain salvation (entering the heavens).