Our Hope Is Built On … What Keeps Us Going (1 Peter 1:3-5).
The early Christians lived in difficult circumstances (1 Pet 1:6; 3:16-17; 4:12). So, Peter gave them the best reasons to keep going (1 Pet 1:3-5). When we forget those reasons, we take detours that lead us toward discouragement and frustration. God has given the Christian a “living hope”. Heaven is a state in which we are awake and alive with acute senses to perceive our wonderful and eternal surroundings. Understanding the “living hope” will give us more joy and satisfaction on the difficult journey we take through life.
I. OUR HOPE IS BUILT
A. On God’s great mercy (1 Pet 1:3; cf. Psa 103:8-18; Heb 4:16)
B. On Jesus’ resurrection (1 Pet 1:3; cf. 1 Cor 15:20, 54-58)
C. On a perfect inheritance (1 Pet 1:4; cf. John 14:2)
D. On God keeping us (1 Pet 1:5)
1. By His power (Heb 2:14; 2 Pet 2:9; 1 Cor 10:13; Jude 24-25; Eph 6:10-13)
2. By our faith (Rev 2:10; Heb 3:12-4:3)
II. OUR HOPE KEEPS US GOING
A. When we make decisions (1 Pet 1:13-21)
B. When we get discouraged (1 Pet 1:6; cf. Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:17-18).
C. When telling others about our hope (1 Pet 3:14-15)
Will your hope keep you going-on in faithfulness to Christ
as you face difficult faith-testing circumstances? — B. Jennings
“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?”
— Pricilla J. Owens