Principle for Bible Reading
God is guarding an infinitely valuable inheritance for you in heaven, and guarding you through faith to make sure you receive it. In this lab, John Piper pulls parts several implications from the new birth, explaining the new hope we have, and the sovereign hands that hold us.
Our Hope Is Alive (02:36–05:20)
- The difference between people who have been born again and those who have not is hope (faith in the future tense). (1 Peter 1:3)
- This hope drives us and colors everything we do.
- It is called a “living” hope because we have just been born (and now are finally alive). (1 Peter 1:3)
- Another reason it might be called a living hope is that it happens through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (once dead, not living). (1 Peter 1:3)
Our Inheritance Is Great (05:20–07:03)
- Our inheritance is an objective, outside of us hope in the future. (1 Peter 1:4)
- God himself is keeping our infinitely valuable inheritance in heaven. (1 Peter 1:4)
- Therefore, no one and nothing can ruin it, defile it, diminish it, or take it away (1 Peter 1:3). It is perfectly secure.
Our God Is Faithful (07:03–10:17)
- Our inheritance is being kept, and we are being kept. (1 Peter 1:4–5)
- This is important because we might be preserved for heaven and there was nothing there that we want, and we might fail to get there because our faith failed. God prevents both (1 Peter 1:4–5).
- God guards us a Father (1 Peter 1:3). Therefore, the inheritance we receive is his inheritance passed down to us as children.
- Summary: God’s Mercy ⇒ New Birth ⇒ Living Hope ⇒ Kept by God ⇒ Worship
- What might it mean that we have a “living” hope (1 Peter 1:3)? How would you argue for your interpretation from the immediate context in 1 Peter 1?
- Write down everything you learn about our eternal inheritance in 1 Peter 1:3–5.
- What does it mean for God to “guard” us in 1 Peter 1:5 (from what and/or for what)?
Biopsy Blows and the Helmet of Hope (article)
Hope in Heaven Changes Today (interview)
A Living Hope Through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (sermon on 1 Peter 1:3–9)
Piper: “God is guarding an infinitely valuable inheritance for you in heaven, and he’s guarding you for it.”