How Can I Hope? – The New Birth

HOPE is Heaven-Oriented Positive Expectation. It makes our faith in Christ unique & unequaled when compared with other religions. (Message & notes by Mr Sinnappan Nadason)


1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

Begotten Unto the Hope (v3-4)

  1. Bestowal of Mercy
  2. Born in the Spirit
  3. Blessings of Hope
  4. Bequeathal of Inheritance
  5. Bonus of Power (from God)


1 Peter 1:22-25

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Behavior out of Hope (Vv22)

  1. Purifying of the Soul
  2. Practicing the Truth
  3. Proving by Love

The Character of Love

  • Earnest. Fervent; intense;
  • Unpretentious (unfeigned = not acting).
  • Out of  a pure heart (genuine, true, wholehearted);
  • Out of a Godly & holy attitude (as God exemplifies).

The Conduct of Love

  • By giving liberally (2 Cor 8:8)
  • By sincerity. Without dissimulation or pretense (Rom 12:9; 1 John 3:18-19)
  • By serving (Gal 5:13; Heb 6:10)
  • By forbearing & Forgiving (Eph 4:2)
  • By walking (living) in love (Eph 5:2)
  • By obeying (John 14:15)


Basis of Our Hope (23-25)

  1. Incorruptible Seed (v23). Not subject to decay nor death (Vv 14, 18, 19, 23)
  2. Inadequate Lifetime. Brevity of lifetime (v24)
  3. Indwelling Word – forever (v25, 2 Cor 4:6)