“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).
The present/future nature of God’s salvation makes our hope distinctive from the hope of which others speak. Hope is a word often used with a speculative tone–”I hope the situation improves. I hope things get better.” There is a haunting uncertainty that it will not happen.
The hope of faith, however, looks ahead with confidence and assurance. It is a hope fixed upon the redemptive work of Christ not the ever-changing circumstances of life. While ours is a hope for what lies ahead, it undergirds our life here and now. It is an eternal hope for today.