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Living With Hope     1 Pet. 1:1-12
(HCSB)     Sept, 02-2012


Introduction

       One of the saddest phrases in the English Language are the words “there is no hope.” I went to a state school and one of the professors claimed to be an Atheist but he said “I will have to admit Christians handle stressful sickness and death situations much better than most of us.” This truth is projected because we have great joy and as the lesson tells us we are Living with Hope.

 

1.    Living In Hope . . Recognizing Its Basis. 1 Peter 1:1-5

       A.   Living In Hope with it’s Basis in the . . Trinity. 1:1-2

       1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To the temporary residents of the Dispersion in the provinces of Pontus,

       Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen

       2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for the

       sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

       B.   Living In Hope with it’s Basis in the . . Treasure of Heaven. 1:3-5

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

       4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

       5 who are being protected by God's power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the

       last time.


       The text shares with us that our hope is part of the foreknowledge of God, set apart by the Spirit for the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. One commentator said this and I paraphrase a little. As far as God the Father is concerned, I was saved when He chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world. As far as the Son is concerned, I was saved when He died for me on the cross. But as far as the Spirit is concerned, I was saved one night when I heard the Gospel and received Christ. Then it all came together, but it took all three Persons of the Godhead to bring me to salvation. If we separate these ministries, we will either deny divine sovereignty or human responsibility, and that would not be wise. All of this is kept in heaven for us.

 

2.   Living In Hope . . Rejoicing in Response. 1 Peter 1:6-9

       A.   Living In Hope Rejoicing with . . Genuine Faith. 1:6-7

6 You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials

       7 so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by

       fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

       B.   Living In Hope Rejoicing with . .Glorious Joy. 1:8-9

8You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and

       rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,

       9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Christians can rejoice in their genuine life of faith as it takes them through all experiences of life and

death . What a joy to walk through the valley of death with people who know their loved one knew the Lord and that they will meet in heaven. This loved one may have given a great example of faith and confidence in the word of God and their relationship to Him. Many of us have known Christians to be great witnesses for Christ even while on their death bed. Our salvation is based in One we have not seen but love. It is a know so faith just waiting for the final revelation and our anticipated future is one we rejoice about with a glorious faith.



 

3.   Living In Hope . . Recalling God’s Grace. 1 Peter 1:10-12

       A.   Living In Hope Recalling God’s Grace as . . Prophesied by Prophets. 1:10-11

       10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched

       and carefully investigated.

       11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating

       when He testified in advance to the messianic sufferings and the glories that would follow.

 

       B.   Living In Hope Recalling God’s Grace as . . Preached through the Spirit. 1:12

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you concerning things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.


       Simon Peter tells us about the salvation message being prophesied and preached by the prophets through the Spirit. Do you remember the prophets doing that? It is good to get that reminder and to know the angels wanted to see what we have experienced in the grace of God. But we have not seen what we will ultimately see. Some of us will see the glorious appearing of our Lord with the wonderful experience of Him coming for His saints. Paul tell us to comfort one another with these words and that advances the thought even more that we are Living with Hope. Amen? Amen!