“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, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
Peter has encouraged his readers with the truth of their salvation even under perilous times of persecution and suffering. He now returns blessings to God, who has secured their salvation. In these verses he acknowledges that this salvation was predicted in the past, gives courage for the present, and will be perfected in the future.
The keynote to Peter’s entire epistle is the word, hope. He describes this as a living hope. This word must not be confused with the world’s definition of hope. Peter doesn’t use this term as a possibility of something that may or may not happen.
The author of the epistle to the Hebrews said of this, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20
Rather than hearing the word as we often use it, such as, “I hope I get that job, or I hope the loan goes through,” Peter means to relate the word with an attitude of confident expectation. For him, it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”
Interestingly, just as Paul, Peter assigns the credibility of hope to Jesus’ resurrection. He can attest. He remembers the effect of the resurrection on his own life.
He comforts his readers with the knowledge of their sustainment. They are kept by God through faith. For them, and believers today, there is subjection to trials, persecution, and suffering. But if we are partakers of His suffering, then we are also partakers of His inheritance. An inheritance that is aggressively waiting to be revealed.