We Have A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3 (ESV) … “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…”
God the Father has given us who believe a living hope as a result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In our verse, Peter begins by exploring the question of our salvation.
The three great words of the gospel ring out: Hope! Faith! Love! Peter begins with hope. It is his characteristic word—just as faith is Paul’s great word, love is John’s favorite word, and works is James’s favorite word. Peter says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which … has caused us to be born again unto a living hope.…”
Peter linked our salvation relationship to what he termed “a living hope.” Peter is without question the apostle of hope. The hope that he had in mind is the eager, confident expectation of life to come in eternity. Hope in the New Testament always relates to a future good!
Amid present and difficult dangers, we are justified in viewing the future with optimism because we are securely attached to the God who deals in futures. Furthermore, our hope is a living hope because it finds its focus in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our living hope comes from a living, resurrected Christ.