The hope of the gospel is the resurrection of Christ Jesus as He conquered death and therefore granted us pardon from the same. Through Christ, we have hope of a life beyond the grave which promises so much more than we can imagine.
The thing is, Jesus is more than just a hope of a future. He is a current hope. Jesus is our living hope. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he commends their loyalty in response to the hope of salvation. He continues saying, “Just as in the whole world the gospel is constantly bearing fruit and spreading, just as it has been doing among you ever since the day you first heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.”
Understand, the gospel doesn’t just save us; it keeps us. It continues to work in our lives from the moment we believe gifting us the power to overcome and love as He would love. Peter writes:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant and boundless mercy has caused us to be born again to an everliving hope and confident assurance through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, who are being protected and shielded by the power of God through your faith…”
Notice the verb tense, “who are being protected…” We have an ongoing relationship with our everliving hope. It shapes us and molds us. It protects and shields us. Presently.
The next time you slip into doubt or discouragement from the mundane, remember the life of Christ which covers you. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.” (Romans 15:13)