For the past three months we have been looking at 1 Peter 3:13-17 and the hope that we have as Christians. The final part of this is going to be looking at something that this passage alludes to quite strongly and something that throughout the book Peter is constantly pointing us to. That is, eternity.
Eternity is a difficult topic for most to fully grasp. I don’t think that any of us really have any idea what that is going to look or feel like. Yet Peter in this passage is asking us to be able to give an account for the ‘hope’ that is in us. How many of us would be ready to do that? How many of us often focus on the hope that is in us? It would be great if we did that more often and it should be our prayer each day. That we may realise the full glory of the hope we have in Christ.
This passage has been talking about suffering, but in the light of that suffering still maintaining hope. That is the importance of eternity. When we realise that our hope is in a King that has defeated death through his agonising death on the cross and then His resurrection, what should scare us? It doesn’t necessarily mean that we should live fearless lives constantly, I would not suggest running down the motorway just because Jesus has defeated death is a good idea! However, what it does mean is that the earthly suffering we may endure now; whether down to illness, mistreatment by other people or even death, really do pale in to insignificance in light of eternity.
We must remember that as Christians we know the end of the story. Yes, it may get tougher for us to be Christians in this world, but God is still in control. Our hope can be built on a solid foundation that God has all things under His control. As Christians we must always hold on to that hope. We will one day join God and be clothed with immortality. So next time you are going through a tough time, remember exactly what your hope is. That we have a historically verifiable faith and a promise making God that doesn’t forget what he promises.
To finish this mini-series, I will leave you with this great passage about what we can all be longing for when we are going through trials and are seemingly lost without hope!
Revelation 21:1-7
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.