“A Living Hope” (1 Peter 1: 13, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” writes Peter.

The author of 1 John writes, “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.” (1 John 3: 2 – 3)

Peter exhorts us to “prepare [our] minds for action.” He reminds us that at one time we were “not a people, but now [we] are God’s people; once [we] had not received mercy, but now [we] have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2: 10) Given these facts, we are to change our minds and “abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against [our] souls.” (1 Peter 2: 11) We are to purify ourselves as Jesus is pure. The author of Hebrews offers encouragement, writing: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promises is faithful.” (Hebrews 10: 23)

God “causes us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1: 3) Therefore, says Peter: “Live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” (1 Peter 4: 2)

“Set your hope fully on the grace” revealed in Jesus Christ.