HOPE AND PROMISE
Some have described the apostle Peter as the apostle of hope. He wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-4 NKJV).
Peter acknowledges God as the source of all blessings and salvation. The hope of eternal life, the forgiveness of sins; all of the Christian's hope springs from God's abundant mercy. Christians are born to a "living hope." This new birth is not a birth of the flesh, as Jesus explains in John 3. Christians are born of water and the Spirit. Without this new birth, we will not enter the kingdom of God (ref. Jn. 3:5). Christians are born into a "living hope." This hope is not like what we often think of when we think of the word hope. Biblical hope is confidence in God's promises and trust in His words. Biblical hope is in God's faithfulness and His ability to hold His promises. Christians come to a "living hope" through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. A hope that will not fail or fade - one that is reserved in heaven.