The Lively Hope of the Resurrection
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:1-4).
Despite all of our struggles, setbacks, casualties, haters, grief, and wounds; the power and hope of the Christological resurrection cannot be diminished. It exists as the sustaining power for true spiritual living. It is only the power and hope of the resurrection that can initiate and sustain a true transformation. Some of us want to do it on our own, but the power is in the resurrection.
In the applicable text, Peter addressed the exilic Christians of the flock. This condition indicates the deep reality that the lively hope of the resurrection gives the child of God protection, even while metaphorically in a strange land, pit, or the miry clay. The process and methodology of 1 Peter 1:1-4 addresses Christian election, consecrations, and resuscitation. Without appreciating the supremacy of God and the immense richness of His blessings, the lively hope of the resurrection cannot be holistically enjoyed. As the second verse teaches, Christians are the elect of God, especially picked out and chosen, in accordance with the foreknowledge and prognosis of God.
Throughthe process of sanctification, Christians are consecrated in their hearts by the Holy Spirit; the invisible but ever-present essential spiritual oxygen that sustains righteousness. Because of the supreme gift of Christ, Christians are called to be obedient through the process of submitting to the will of the Most High. Through the essence of the lively hope, the church is blessed through the abundant mercy of Christ, by and through His Father. Without the grace and mercy of God no one could survive His judgment.
Through the supremacy of Christ, saints have been born again. The generosity of God is evident through the second birth process because the kingdom serves a Divine King of second chances. Through the begotten process, it is the needed CPR and resuscitation that every individual needs to experience and express, for the purpose of embracing true living. It is a vivifying hope that allows one to breathe again, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In result, the inheritance is imperishable; not liable to decay or deformity, “reserved in heaven for you…” Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!