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The Basis for Our Hope
1 Peter 1:1-9
June 7, 2020
Romans 8:24-25which comes from a section titled From Suffering to Gloryin the NKJV, 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for itwith perseverance.
What is Hope?WD tells us to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true: to expect with confidence, TRUST
What is Hopeto a Christian? BDsaysHope isa gift of the Holy Spirit which abides in us, an essential characteristic of the Christian. It is not mere expectation and desire, as we read in Greek literature, but includes trust, confidence, and refuge in God, the God of Hope (Romans 15:13).
What is the Hope of glory?Paul writes in Colossians 1:27, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Hope is referring to the assured outcome of God’s saving grace. Jesus Christ is our hope (1 Timothy. 1:1).Our hope of eternal life is bound up with “that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of….Jesus Christ” (Titus. 1:2, 2:13),which motivates purity (1 John 3:3).Hope is linked with faith (Hebrews. 11:1).Hope depends on the resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians. 15:19)for there is no Hope if Christ was not raised from the grave. In the OT “Hope” translates a variety of Hebrew words in KJV, which means “confidence, trust, and safety”, and is so translated. NT hope has deep roots in the OT. Our Hope is not Hope against Hope, a hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment.
What is our Hope in this world?Hope can be like a light at the end of a long tunnel, at first it starts out very small, as we get closer it slowly get bigger and bigger, getting your hope up even higher as it increases in size, then BANG it’s here and gone. For what we hoped for we have obtained. We hope for many things in our life, a new car, new clothes, good health when we are sick, to looking our best when we dress up. The list can go on and on and never end.
As a person in this world,what are you hoping for today?A day when this sickness is no more in this world, a time when families can gather for a picnic in the park, or go to a movie, going to Church and being able to greet old friends, or is our hope a return to normality in our lives. And that brings about the question, what is normality going to look like in the future?
If you search the word “Hope” in the NKJV bible you get 151 results. It starts out at Genesis 27:30 Esau’s Lost Hopeand ends at 3 John 1:14, “but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.” Now that is worth hoping for.
Read1 Peter 1:1-9 (NKJV)
V1-pilgrims(sojourners,temporary residents), to the Dispersion,EBD says itis referring to the scattered Jews at various times, separated and scattered into foreign countries (James 1:1),some had been in exile for 250 years, some never returned to their home land.
From the NIVin (1 Chronicles 29:15 and Psalms 39:12)David writes for we are aliens and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers;scattered. People, temporarily residing on earth but whose home is in heaven, Jewish and Gentiles Christians scattered throughout much of Asia Minor (Hebrews 13:14).People from this area were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost and may have heard Peter sermon.
V2- elect, Gods elect, another way of saying “those chosen by God”. In OT times this was used to define the Jews. (Ephesians. 1:4)
Foreknowledge,NIV- read inRomans 8:29,notes, Some believe or hold that God not only knew us before we had any knowledge of Him but that He also knew us, in the sense of choosing us by His grace, before the foundation of the world. God’s plan to save lost sinners was made in eternity past. (Ephesians. 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelations. 13:8). (Read 2 Timothy 1:9,notes, salvation is by grace alone and is based not on human effort but on God’s saving plan and gracious gift of His Son, Romans 3:28; Ephesians. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5 ).
God the Father… the Spirit… Jesus Christ:NIV-All three persons of the Trinity are involved in the redemption of the elect. (Matthew 28:19-20and notes, Christ program of missions; “make disciples of all nations”. It involves three steps: (1) “Go”, (2) “Baptizing them” and (3) “Teaching them to obey everything” Christ has commanded. V20, “I am with you always”(Matthew 1:23, “Immanuel”, “God with us”)
Grace … peace:NIV- (Romans 1:7and notes, used by Paul and Peter in a combined traditional Greek (grace) and Hebrew (peace) greeting but links them expressly with the only true source of “grace” and “peace” that God provides fully only to those who are at peace with Him. This greeting is echoed in Paul’s and Peter’s letters as what amounts to an apostolic benediction on those who are addressed.)
V3-NIV- In spite of the frequent suffering and persecution mentioned in this letter, hope is such a key thought in it that it may be called a letter of hope in the midst of suffering. In the Bible, hope is not wishful thinking but a firm conviction, much like faith that is directed toward the future. The resurrection of Jesus Christ,secures for His people their new birth and the hope that they will be resurrected just as He was.
V4-NIV- Believers are born again not only to a hope but also to the inheritance that is the substance of hope. The inheritance is eternal, it is not subject to decay and in its preservation, it is divinely kept for us. V5-NIV- kept by the power of God through faith, there are two sides to the perseverance of Christians. We are shielded (1) by God’s power and (2) by our own faith. Thus we are never kept contrary (opposed) to our will, nor apart from God’s activity. Salvation,the Bible speaks of salvation as (1) past, when a person first believes (Titus 3:5); (2) present, the continuing process of salvation, or sanctification [sanctification of the Spirit;1 Peter 1:2notes, suggest that the sanctifying work of the Spirit referred to here is the influence of the Spirit that draws one from sin towards holiness. The Spirit sanctifying leads to obedient saving faith and cleansing from sin (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Corinthians 1:18)]and (3) the future, when Christ returns and salvation or sanctification, is complete through glorification (Romans 8:23, 30; 13:11; Hebrews 9:28; James 1:21)
V6-ReadJames 1:2 and 1 Peter 4:12
V7-NIV-the genuineness of your faith, read Romans 5:3; James 1:2-4;Faith in itself is precious, but Peter writes that trail of faithtested by fireis also valuable. Believers will share in the “praise, glory and honor” of God (1 Peter 5:45; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Job 23:10)
V8- Read John 20:29 and 1 John 4:20
V9-NIV- read Romans 6:22,Slavery to God produces holiness, and the end of the process is eternal life, in its final, future sense. There is no eternal life without holiness (Hebrews 12:14)
EBD- tell us thathope, is one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Corinthians 13:13).It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Romans 8:24-25; 1 John 3:2).“Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence (the individual, real, or ultimate nature) of Christianity (1 Peter 3:15-17; Hebrews 10:23-25).In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centered (Ephesians 1:18; 4:4). Unbelievers are without this hope (Ephesians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). The Basis for Our Hope is Christ, who is the actual object of the believer’s hope, because it is in His second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Timothy. 1:1; Colossians 1:27; Titus 2:13-14). It is spoken of as “lively”, a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (being present at all times) (1 Peter. 1:3).In Romans 5:2-3the “hope” spoken of is probably objective, “the hope set before us,” namely, eternal life (Romans 12:12).In 1 John 3:3the expression “hope in Him” ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, “hope on Him,” a hope based on God.
Why is the story of Abraham righteousness (Genesis 15:1-6) important to us to day?
Read Romans 4:13-25, The Promise Granted Through Faith(NKJV)
Let’s close with this verse: Romans 15:13 for the NKJV and The Voice
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)
And 13 I pray that God, the source of all hope, will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace in the midst of your faith so that your hope will overflow through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Voice)
List of verses on Hope- Psalms 16:1; Psalms 31:24; Psalm 33:18-22; Psalms 119:166; Lamentations 3:24-26; Romans 12:12
WD Webster’s Dictionary, BD Bible Dictionary, OT Old Testament, KJV King James Version, NT New Testament, NKJV New King James Version, EBD Easton’s Bible Dictionary, NIV New International Version, Voice The Voice
1 Peter 2:17
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
In order to “honor all people,” we must show proper respect, value, and esteem to everyone. From the rich to the common servant, all people were created by God and honorable in His sight. No matter what race, color, background, family life, social position, economic status, or educational attainment, all people are to be treated as God’s precious creation.
Believers honors by not making comparisons. Comparing ourselves to others can make us feel either inferior or superior to them- then we may not feel that we can or want to share God’s message of salvation with them. When we honor people, however, we see them as God sees them- in need- thus, we want to show them His love. We respect the rich and powerful person by being kind, caring, and compassionate. We respect the humble janitor by acting the same exact way. When we show honor to every one of God’s creations, we honor Him. Honor is a gift that offers deep grace to our relationship.
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