Summary: As long as we remain faithful, we have the assurance of hope until we receive that inheritance reserved in heaven for us!
Assurance of Hope
Blessed Assurance part 3
Text: 1 Peter 1:3-5
In this series we began by looking at the blessed assurance we have from God the Father:
1 John 5:11 ( NASB ) And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
Today we will continue exploring the other assurances we may have from our assurance of salvation, from this promise of God.
In this lesson we will begin with the assurance of hope.
The word hope appears some 68 times in the New Testament and scripture tells us that hope should reside in everyone who has claimed the assurance of salvation: 1 Peter 3:15 “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hope as “a desire with expectation of obtainment; to expect with confidence (Trust.)”
Hope is both a verb and a noun, something we do and something we have within our hearts. Hope is one of the many blessings God offers to all who will obey and follow Christ as is described in (read) 1 Peter 1:3-5. This is the assurance that we have, God has caused us to be born again to “a living hope.”
[Verse 3 begins with Peter praising God, and gives us the basis for our assurance of “living” hope...]
I. Because God Is Merciful!
A. The basis for our hope lies not in ourselves…
1. It is a good thing that it does not, Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
B. The basis of our hope lies in the abundance of God’s mercy…
1. Mercy given while we were yet sinners - Romans 5:6,8
Mercy accessible as we repent of and confess our sins.
1 John 1:9 (NASB) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Mercy attainable through faith and obedience. Acts 2:37-39 (repent and be baptized…)
[Because of God's abundant mercy, then, we who are sinners can have the assurance of “living” hope!
But according to verse 3 there is another reason for our hope...]
II. Because Jesus Is Alive!
A. The resurrection of Jesus is crucial to our hope:
1. If Christ is not risen, our faith is vain!
If Christ is not risen, we are still held guilty for our sins, no forgiveness has occurred!
If Christ is not risen, those who died as Christians are lost!
If Christ has not risen, then we do not have a “living” hope and should be pitied!
B. But we believe Jesus has been raised and we have reasons to believe!
1. We have eye witness testimony. Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-11
We have the proof of a world transformed by his being.
C. And by our faith in His resurrection, we are “born again” to a living hope!
1. As it is true then everything Jesus said about our hope is true: John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die…”