The Living Hope | 1 Peter 1:3-5 | Short Devotion

Friends, do you know that God has called us to a living hope that will not fade away. Everything in this world will fail one day. Friends and family will fail us. Our job and money will fail us. Even our health and this body will fail one day. I want to speak to you today about our living hope in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:3-5

Praise to God for a Living Hope

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this passage, the living hope is the eternal salvation that is awaiting a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Biblical Salvation

a. Past Salvation.

We were saved when we received Jesus Christ as Lord.

Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved….

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

b. Present Salvation.

We are continuing to be saved every day in this world.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

c. Prospective Salvation.

We will receive the fullness of our salvation in the return of Christ Jesus.

Romans 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

So there is an eternal salvation, an experience of fullness of our salvation. Peter is praising God for all what God has done for us, for what God is doing in us and the fullness of the salvation that will be given to us at Christ’s coming.

Motive behind our salvation is God’s Mercy.

How Do We Appropriate Our Living Hope Of Salvation? New Birth.

God’s great mercy has caused us to be born again.

1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

We don’t deserve it, we don’t even earn it by our merits. Being born again is just the mercy of God.

How Are We Born Again? By The Word Of God

1 Peter 1:23-25 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 1:25 …but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached to you.

So the answer to how we are born again, is that we are born again by the living and abiding word of God which is the gospel.

See the sequence here: The mercy of God causes us to be born again by the word of God and the result is praise to God. Worship is the proper response for what God has done to us.

The new birth gives us a living hope. It is not a hope in man. It is not a hope in anything but it is a hope in the living God. We are people of a living hope. This hope drives us.

The Nature Of Our Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3-4 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.

Our salvation or eternal inheritance is “imperishable, unspoiled, and unfading.”

a. Imperishable. The true meaning refer to something that was unravaged by an invading army.

b. Unspoiled. This means unstained or unpolluted. Unstained with sin, evil, decay.

c. Unfading. This word is basically used for flowers that decay, that wither and die. And it suggests to us here that we have an inheritance that will never lose its supernatural beauty. It will never fade. It will never grow old.

The Security Of Our Living Hope: Reserved For us.

1 Peter 1:4 This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.

Our eternal salvation is reserved for us.

Believers Are Shielded And Protected By God Until That Day.

1 Peter 1:3-5 This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time

Not only is the treasure guarded, but you’re protected. Isn’t that wonderful? You’re shielded to receive that. I’m protected. What am I protected by? The power of God.

What Is Man’s Part In The Eternal Inheritance? Faith In God.

1 Peter 1:3-5 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

God protects us by his power through faith. That’s our part.

Conclusion:

God in his mercy has sent His son Jesus Christ into this world to die for us. If you believe in the good of Jesus’ death and resurrection you are born again. For all those who are born again you have a living hope, an inheritance in heaven reserved for you that will not perish, spoil or fade away. And until the day you receive it, until the day Jesus comes back, God has promised to protect you by faith in Jesus Christ.

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