Summary: We all struggle with doubt, but we don't have to allow our doubts and fears to dictate our spiritual lives. Our hope in Christ exceeds any doubt we may have.
Series: Saved, Settled, and Sanctified
Hope that Exceeds our Doubt
1 Peter 1: 3-8
At this point in the history of the church, she was growing exponentially. The Gospel was being shared and many were coming to saving faith in Christ. Such rapid growth had gotten the attention of the authorities and devout Jews. The rapid growth had not dispelled opposition and persecution, rather it had caused an increase. Those in positions of influence were concerned with this new movement, and the majority sought every means possible to defeat it.
Physically, militarily, and financially, Peter had nothing to offer the church. He couldn’t promise the church any external resources in their struggle for religious liberty. Although the church was experiencing amazing growth, they remained a minority among society. He had nothing external to offer, but Peter was convinced the believer possessed something within that would carry them through whatever adversity they faced. After his greeting, Peter immediately reminded the churches of the hope they had in the Lord. In the face of increasing opposition, their hope remained and it would provide all they needed to endure. They just needed to be reminded of the hope they had in Christ, keeping it always before them.
Our situation is much different, and yet it is much the same. We are facing increased pressure to conform to society and abandon our faith. Our modern society isn’t interested in a biblical worldview, living according to biblical standards, and would rather the voice of the believer be silenced. Numerically it may appear that the church is in decline, but we too must maintain faith and hope in the Lord. These will sustain us as we deal with increased opposition. I want to examine the principles Peter shares as we consider: Hope that Exceeds our Doubt.
I. The Hope of the Believer (3-5) – When all else appeared to be gone, Peter reminds us that hope is not lost. Every believer enjoys a lively hope in Christ. Consider:
A. The Source of our Hope (3) – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…Peter reminds them they are never alone in the journey. They were not born of corruptible seed, but of the Lord through the righteousness in Christ. God had graciously provided for their redemption through the sacrifice of the Son. He loved them enough to allow His only begotten Son to die in their place. Such love was not to be marginalized or forgotten. They were loved and kept of the eternal, omnipotent Lord. He knew where they were in the journey and He was more than able to provide all they needed to endure. Their hope wasn’t in the abilities or policies of men, but in Christ Jesus their Savior and Lord. The Romans may threaten, and even martyr some, but even in death, hope remained!
We would do well to remember the source of our hope. We serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope is not in those around us, the policies and legislation of government, or the resources obtained through Wall Street. When it appears all hope has been removed, remember the source of our hope. It wasn’t given by earthly means and nothing we face in this life can remove or diminish our hope! Eph.3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.