The Hope We HaveBro. David Chancellor
1/7/2001 11:00 AM
1 Peter 3:12-16
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God should be in a high position in our life. In order to speak of the hope, you must first have it. Our life needs to be such that people will ask. We need to have a hope and a looking forward to that which God can do. We can be happy living as we do because we have a hope.
Paul told Agrippa that he was judged because he found "the hope of the promise." He told of the hope he had found. "Why is it thought and incredible thing that God would raise from the dead?" We find hope and help in Christ. Paul was ready to tell them Christ was the hope they were looking for. At one time he was against it, but after he found it, he was out to tell everyone about it.
"In hope of eternal life..." Christ brought the hope of eternal life. We can have a foretaste or earnest of our inheritance and hope. We have a beginning of it. We expect the life to come as well as the life here. The promise of God is what our hope is settled on.
Christ in us is our hope of eternal life. People need to see Christ in you, and to hear that it is for them, too. It is sad when men pretend to have Christianity, but don't have Christ in them and have no hope of heaven. Christ within gives us hope of eternal life.
1 Peter 1:2-4
Peter calls it a "lively hope" (a living hope). When we are saved we are born again. We have a hope that we can be raised again in the last days. People try to explain away what God has done. They live as though they expect God won't call them to judgment. Man can live all kinds of ways, but it won't change what God can or will do. Things here fade and deteriorate, but the inheritance there is that which won't fade away. We can't even begin to picture what heaven looks like. As God's people we should have assurance of a reservation in heaven, a guaranteed reservation. God gave the means for us to get there. Christ paid the price for us to go there. We wouldn't be able to make it to heaven if it weren't for what God has provided - keeping grace.
1 Corinthians 15:18-22
If we only have hope here - we would be limited. Because Christ arose from the dead, we realize he has that for us as well. We have reason to expect this - if God could do it for Christ (sinless), then God can do it for us. Just being human doesn't mean that we have to live a life that is antagonistic to God. He gives grace to keep free. Our hope is not just in this life, but beyond. Christ provides for this life and for beyond this life.
1 Peter 1:9-13
Peter speaks of our salvation - the deliverance of our souls. Paul spoke of a promise given long before he saw it. Peter, too, saw this promise. It would be something to be prophesying from God, yet not be able to take in all God was saying. God gave us the opportunity to understand what the prophets were saying. These prophecies help us to know that Christ was THE ONE. We are glad we have found the one. He did suffer, but glory did follow. The angels don't understand salvation, either. They don't understand sin. This hope is that which we should be prepared to answer for. Be faithful until you receive the reward. We want the glory to shine through in our life - so that others ask, "How can I have that?" That's the question we need to be prepared to answer.