Summary: 1) The Source of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:3), 2) The Surety of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:4), and 3) The Salvation of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:5)
On Thursday, Dr. R.C. Sproul, one of this generations greatest theologians and teachers, went home to be with the Lord around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The audio that was scheduled months ago to be aired a few hours later was entitled “The Believer’s Final Rest”. In the original introduction to that teaching, there is an explanation of one of the hymns that Dr. Sproul wrote, entitled “Highland Hymn”. The next to last verse reads: “We know not yet what we will be, in Heavens final blessed state. But know we know that we shall see our Lord at Heaven’s gate” As that broadcast was being aided, Dr. Sproul was seeing that very one for whom he lived, and pointed to. Although this is a time of unparalleled peace and joy that Dr. Sproul is experiencing, for his family and those who remain, it is a time of grief and sorrow. Their comfort is from the one who Dr. Sproul is now in the presence of and The Blessed Hope of being reunited one day with him before Christ’s presence. (http://renewingyourmind.org/)
In 2017 we come to Advent after a year filled with natural disasters, mass shootings, and a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. It can be particularly challenging to be hopeful when faced with difficulty. When difficulties occur, we face obvious questions: How can we find hope when: We are tempted, when family is threatened, when life seems unfair, or when all hope seems to be lost Advent teaches us a prophetic posture: to simultaneously see what is broken and hope for what is being made new. (http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2017/december-web-exclusives/feeling-ugh-at-christmas.html?utm_source=leadership-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=22762429&utm_content=553655379&utm_campaign=email)
For the Christians to whom the Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter, they had lost hope. They were facing great persecution from the Roman government and were fleeing for their lives. They were dispossessed from their homes and seeking hope. Peter knows that the source of hope in the midst of difficulty is to focus on the person of God and the assurance of being secure in Him. Therefore, he follows the introduction of his first letter with a sweeping doxology regarding the wonder of salvation. The passage is a hymn of worship designed to encourage Christians living in a hostile world to look past their temporal troubles and rejoice in their eternal inheritance.
In 1 Peter 1:3-5, the Apostle Peter comforts those who face difficulty by explaining the nature of our Blessed Hope. In that, he shows 1) The Source of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:3), 2) The Surety of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:4), and 3) The Salvation of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:5)
We can be comforted even in the midst of difficult because of:
1) The Source of our Blessed Hope (1 Peter 1:3)
1 Peter 1:3 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (ESV)