Our promised future inheritance is our hope and it is far better than any earthly inheritance. It is undeserved, superior and assured. Keeping this in mind will enable us to persevere with joy through the various trials we endure. Many people think that this hope of eternal life is just ‘wishful thinking’. It was made up to make us feel better in the face of death.
But that is not the case here. In 1 Peter verse 3 this living hope comes ‘through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’
This future hope is based on a past event. Our future certainty is based on the resurrection of Jesus. If he didn’t rise then the future hope doesn’t exist!
But there are good reasons to believe that he did rise! It comes as a surprise to many people that the historical evidence for Jesus resurrection is robust and compelling (for more information on this, please listen to Scott’s sermon from 2013 “The Evidence of Easter“).