Increase your faith and hope in God


  Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…..He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
(1 Peter 1:13; 20-21 ESV)

Consider the six things that Peter tells us about Christ. Let these “sink in” and increase your hope in God.

1. Christ was foreknown before the foundation of the world. (v 20)

2. He has appeared in these last times.(v 20)
3. He appeared for our sake.(v 20)

4. God raised him from the dead. (v 21)

5. God gave him glory.(v 21)

6. Through Christ we are believers in God. (v21)

John Piper, in a sermon “Christ Appeared That We Might Hope in God”

In other words Christ has done the necessary work to connect us with God in faith. He was eternally foreknown, he was manifested in human form, he shed his precious blood, God raised him from the dead, God gave him glory and through all of this we come to hope in God.

So Peter makes that explicit at the end of verse 21—all of this, “so that your faith and hope are in God.”

I said when I began that there were some close connections between verses 20 and 21 and what went before. We’ve been building on the connection between the command to conduct ourselves in fear in verse 17 and the glory of Christ in verses 20 and 21. Let me mention one more as we close.

Hope in God

This paragraph ends in verse 21 where it began in verse 13, namely, with hoping in God. Verse 13 began the paragraph by commanding, “Fix your hope completely on the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” In other words, “Hope fully in the grace of God!” Verse 21 ends the paragraph by saying that God has done everything through Christ so that his people might put their faith and hope in God.

He knew and chose his Son, he sent his Son, he put his Son to death, he raised his Son from death, he gave his Son glory—Why? For this reason: so that you would hope in God and not sin. So that you would trust what God can do for you rather than what you can do for yourself.

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