WHAT IS LIVELY HOPE? (GC28)
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Golden Censer Challenge #28
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead [1 Peter 1:3 NIV]
This is a lively hope which only can save mankind forever; believing in GOD and in his Christ whom he sent, sacrificed, resurrected, and through him will resurrect and give everlasting life to all that believe and comes to him through Yeshua the messiah (Jesus Christ).
Do you have this hope?
According to Peter, It is our “new birth” in Christ that provides our living hope, affirming that salvation is a gift from God. Just as an infant does nothing to be born, we experience rebirth not because of who we are or anything we have done. Salvation changes who we are (2 Corinthians 5:17), making us dead to sin and alive to righteousness in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:5). This new birth serves as our reason for hope—the assurance of salvation.
The hope Peter speaks of is not the wishful thinking usually associated with the word hope today. We might say, “I hope it doesn’t rain,” or “I hope I pass the test.” But this is not the kind of hope Peter has in mind.
Hope” in the passage means “an eager, confident expectation.” This hope of the believer is not only “living” but “lively." a hope that lives on.” Unlike the empty, dead hope of this world, this “living hope” is energizing, alive, and active in the soul of the believer. “We live with great expectation,” Our living hope originates from a living, resurrected Savior. Peter’s living hope is Jesus Christ!
The apostle is speaking to Christians who were suffering persecution in Asia Minor. His words were meant to encourage them in their troubles. Their future was secure because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Their hope was in His victory over death and His resurrection life. Whatever the persecuted believers would face in this world could not compare to the blessings of the future resurrection and the life to come in eternity.
Living hope is anchored in the past—Jesus rose from the dead (Matthew 28:6). It continues in the present—Jesus is alive (Colossians 3:1). And it endures throughout the future—Jesus promises eternal, resurrection life ( Romans 6:22; ). Living hope also enables us to live without despair as we encounter suffering and trials in this present life: “Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”
People cannot survive long without hope. Hope keeps us going through painful experiences and fear of what the future may hold. In a fallen world where people face poverty, disease, hunger, injustice, disaster, war, and terrorism, we need a living hope. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:12 that those who don’t have Jesus Christ do not have hope. Believers are blessed with real and substantial hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the power of God’s Word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, this living hope quickens our minds and souls (Hebrews 4:12). It changes our thoughts, words, and actions. Once dead in our sins, we now live with the hope of our own resurrection.
The believer’s living hope is solid and secure: Jesus Christ is our Savior, our salvation, our Living Hope!
Did you know that the Price was paid?
You may be wondering what price was being paid? Now, here is the price that was paid, who paid it and for what purpose.
The expensive price paid was the price for your salvation, freedom, prosperity, good health, peace, happiness, joy and every other good thing you could ever think of. Jesus paid this costly price for me and you. It was a price we could never ever pay; our money, wisdom, properties or assets was never enough. It was only Jesus Christ that accepted and was capable to pay this price.
After the creation of man, man disobeyed God and sin did set it. As a result of man's disobedience to God's instruction and laid down principle, man lost his original place in God and was eventually drove out from the place of fellowship, sonship and communion with God his maker.
Not just that alone, man began to face challenges and experienced pain, hardship and all manner of sufferings. The peace, joy and satisfaction man had was all gone. All these happened because man lost his original place in God.
God in his infinite love and mercy saw how His creation suffered and wallowed in darkness. Thus, God sought for a way to restore and reconcile man back to his place in Him. This made God ask a question in heaven, 'Who will go and save man'? The Holy Book records that the heavens were silent. No creature, no angel accepted to come and save man.
They were not ready to sacrifice their esteemed and supernatural position for the sake of man. It should be noted that only a holy body and blood was needed to save man. Jesus, out of his love for you and I agreed to come and lay down His life for us. He came to earth, sacrificed His immortal body and took upon mortal body. He was being handed over to the ones He came to save to be punished; He suffered, died and eventually resurrected. On the cross, Jesus said, 'It is finished.'
Meaning, all the sufferings, pain, agony, poverty, sicknesses and diseases of man was taken care of. You are no more in darkness. You have been redeemed and reconciled back to God. All you need do is recognize the finished works of Christ on the cross, accept and confess Him. It is only then you will be entitled to all the many blessings there are in God.
Thank you for reading to this point. Let me get your views!
Lively is hope that does not waiver. Hope that is strongly stayed on God no matter the storms.
Believe and hope are related.
Yes! every one hopes on something but not all have the capacity to keep hope alive. Faith gives life to hope.
In the book of Colossians 1: 27, Bible says, Christ in me, the hope of glory. When we have Christ in us, we are sure that even at the point of death, we shall be quickened at the Lord's call and put on a body "incorruptible" and be presented to the Father. Halleluja!
The apostle Peter was not talking about something that was simply a theory, this rude fisherman knew grace and peace through the blood of Christ because Jesus himself had told him about it, he knew it because he had seen Christ die, had contemplated how they buried him and then he saw the risen Christ and this man who had been bland, pampered and indecisive had become a man with a firm character as strong as a stone. Peter was able to get up after denying the Lord three times and standing on the Day of Pentecost to preach about the death and resurrection of Christ, Peter could was taken to jail, was persecuted, was able to write a letter like this and finally be crucified because of the Gospel.
I am sure that you will also agree with me that the apostle was no longer an ignorant fisherman, Peter was able to expose in this work of his first letter the important doctrines of election, foreknowledge or knowledge, and predestination, all these great concepts are on the side of God and none of us can offer a final explanation, dear brothers we are dealing with an infinite God, who knows all things, his previous knowledge of all the factors and circumstances implies that he knows each plan that you can imagine and that he knows exactly what he is going to do, Amen come Lord Jesus we love you, help us to stand firm upon your arrival and to carry your gospel message as true disciples of yours for all the ends of the earth, glory is for You my Christ, may your name be exalted forever.