“1 Peter 1:3 KJV: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
1 Corinthians 15:19-20 (KJV): If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
The Apostle Paul has been referred to by many Bible scholars as the Apostle of Hope. Well, it isn’t without good reason. Through the help of the spirit, he was able to expound on the hope of the believer, the lively hope that every believer should have.
When speaking about lively hope, we don’t mean the cliche often associated with the word “hope” nowadays. Where people say “I hope I pass my exam today” or “I hope we can get home early”. No. This is not the type of hope being described in 1 Peter 1:13 or in 1 Corinthians 15. The hope the Bible is referring to is a far more important reality. The lively hope of a believer being described here means “an eager and confident expectation.” This kind of hope is one that lives on, that lives on despite the challenges, trials and tribulations. A type of hope that a believer has that makes him energized and renewed when he passes through difficulties because he is sure that Jesus is with him every step of the way.
This hope is one that has its basis on the resurrection of Jesus. For if Christ did not resurrect, what hope would a believer hold on to? But because Jesus has resurrected and now lives on, our hope lives on – the assurance that he will come back and take us to reign with Him forever. Glory to God!
1 Peter 1:4 (KJV)………… an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Now what does this lively hope really mean?
The believer’s hope is hinged on the fact that Christ conquered death and the devil. And that he rose from the dead to live forever. Our lively hope is that we have victory through Jesus through his mighty power.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Also, the new birth every believer receives at the point of salvation plants the seed of this living hope in their hearts. This seed affirms the fact that the salvation they have received is an undeserved gift from God. It also urges them to surrender their bodies to Christ by living daily in righteousness.
This is the hope I have. A lively, living hope. I have victory through Jesus because he is victorious and dwells in victory. I don’t know what kind of hope you have? I don’t know other name you are putting your trust in? I don’t know what other person you are placing all your bets on?
I urge you to put your trust in Jesus, I admonish you to receive him and hold on to the hope he gives. I plead with you to surrender your life to him. He never fails, and he will never fail those who put their trust in Him. I pray that this word will touch your heart and turn your heart to Jesus. Amen.
Please share with your family and friends if you have been blessed. Shalom!