Scripture to Read: 1 Peter 1:20-21
This week we have seen that true hope is only found through a relationship with God the Father. We also know that the only way to have that relationship with God the Father is through believing in (trusting in, clinging to, relying on) our Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father set forth His plan of redemption before anyone was even born (Ephesians 1:3-5). Also, our Lord Jesus Christ has ALWAYS been in an eternal relationship with God the Father because Jesus is the second member of the Trinity (Ephesians 2:18-22). The incredible blessing from God is that He has revealed all of these things to us in His Holy Word and the Incarnate Word, in the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. These things have been revealed for our sake, too, as believers in God. Why was Christ revealed in these last times? So that through Christ, we have put our trust in God. Every believer has placed our faith and hope in God because He, through His Spirit, raised Christ from the dead and gave Christ all of the glory (1 Peter 1:21). The reason Christ has been revealed is so that everyone with breath would believe in Him as Lord and Savior. The beauty is that all believers know that Jesus has been raised from the dead and that our faith and living hope are in Him alone. What people trust in, by faith, reveals where their hope is found. Real hope is found in only One Person and His name is Jesus.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you through 1 Peter 1:20-21 about His plans and purposes?
2. Who will you share the hope of God with as you pray John 16:8-11 and thank our Lord for His work in their life?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!