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Jan 10, 2016

“Not Home Yet:  Living Hope”

1 Peter 1:3-12


Biblical Truths that Should Shape Our Present Reality . . .


  • I am chosen by God.
    • By the sovereign grace and mercy of God I have been chosen by God to be one who is set apart by His Spirit, to live in obedience to Christ displaying a life that has been rescued by God’s great salvation.
      • God initiates a relationship because of His mercy. (v. 3)

“ . . . according to the foreknowledge  of God the Father . . .”

“ . . . He has caused us to be born again . . .”

  • So that I might proclaim the excellencies of Him who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9-10)


  • I have been born again to a living hope.
    • I have a living hope because I have fully surrendered myself to a risen Savior who has overcome my greatest enemies, sin and death.


  • I have a living hope because Christ, who is alive, lives in

“To them (the saints), God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:27


  • I have an inheritance that is out of this world.
    • My inheritance is Christ; He is the treasure of heaven.

“’The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’”  Lamentations 3:24

  • Imperishable—will not decay or become corrupt (Matthew 6:19-21)
  • Undefiled—pure and cannot be tainted or flawed
  • Unfading—enduring and lasting
  • Secured—certain; reserved; guaranteed (Ephesians 1:13-14)


  • I am guarded by God until the day of Christ.
    • My hope doesn’t rest in my strength to guard my faith, but in knowing that I am guarded by the sovereign grace of a merciful faithful