We Have Hope
Guest Speaker: Eric Turbedsky
1 Peter 1:3-5
The letter of 1 Peter addresses Christians living in a Christianity-opposed world— a world experiencing hopelessness because of the dark cloud of sin, sadness, and weakness. Rather than inoculated from this dark cloud, Christians experience it with a real and living hope. We have hope by worshiping God in Christ, by experiencing His mercy midst God’s sovereign orchestration of our lives as exiles, by embracing the living hope revealed in Jesus’ resurrection, and by seeing that God’s power guards our inheritance and our very faith.
Point 1: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”
At the outset of his letter, Peter’s first instruction to the suffering “elect exiles of the Dispersion” (v. 1) is to worship God (v. 3). We, too, must see that hope begins with worshiping our creator.
Point 2: “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again….”
Peter notes next that God initiates and orchestrates absolutely everything, including our salvation (v. 3). As exiles, we are well aware that this sin-stained world is not our home. We find hope because our origin lies not in our own initiative, but in the eternal purposes of God.
Point 3: “To a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,...”
The cure for our spiritual homesickness is not found in our own transformation, but in Jesus’ resurrection (v. 3). Our union with Christ is both the center and the circumference of our human experience. Our hope—a supernatural hope— is rooted in what God has done in Christ.
Point 4: “To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,...”
We have hope that God safely keeps this pure and indestructible inheritance for us (v. 4).
Point 5: “Who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
It is not the mustering of our own feelings of faith that keeps our inheritance. Our hope is anchored in God whose power guards our gift of faith (v. 5). The Lord is our strength.
The hope of this world is a fragile, false hope. Believers in Jesus have been given a living hope born of the Holy Spirit, united with the indestructible life of Christ, and guarded for us by God’s power..