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A Reason For Our Hope

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool." Isa. 1:18 (NKJV)

Have you ever had someone tell you something only to question where he or she obtained their information?  You may have heard something you disagreed with and you want to find their source.  Or, it could be that you were intrigued by what they were saying and you wanted to know more about it.  In either case you would probably start the process of reasoning with them. 

When we reason with someone about something we believe to be true, we begin to share our rationale for what we said.  We state the grounds for our beliefs, and begin to explain everything necessary to convey and educate them.  We see this happening with the Apostle Paul throughout the Book of Acts, as he continually shared the Gospel message.  And Peter spoke of our being able to give a reason for our hope as well.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

Q: So how should we go about giving a reason to others for the hope in our Salvation?

I believe a man named Apollos gives us a great illustration; it is in chapter 18 of the Book of Acts. We are told, “Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.” Acts 18:24-25 (NKJV)

So from these scriptures we can see Apollos possessed four characteristics to effectively convey his hope. Let’s look at them.

1. He was mighty in the scriptures (Acts 18:24)

2. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord (Acts 18:25)

3. He was fervent in the Spirit (Acts 18:25)

4. He spoke and taught accurately about the things of the Lord (Acts 18:25)

Now it is important to know Apollos didn’t know everything about Jesus — about His life, crucifixion, or His resurrection.  But this serves to the point I want to make — we need to be able to give a reason for what we believe, regardless of how little or vast this knowledge is.  We need to know within our hearts that the knowledge we possess is valid, and make it our priority to learn more about God’s Word.

We might not know everything about the Bible, but this doesn’t preclude us from being able to give a reason for our hope in Jesus.  Let’s make it a point to be mighty in the scriptures; to be instructed in the way of the Lord; to be fervent in the Spirit, and to then teach accurately those things we learn about Christ. 

STUDY QUESTION: What does 1 Peter 3:15 tell us about our being able to share Jesus with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you able to give a reason for your hope in salvation, and point others to God’s Word to show them?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Continue to ready your Bible daily so you can point others to your hope, while reasoning with them.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word, and the knowledge You have given me through it.  Help me to understand everything You want me to know, and help me to remember what You want me to share and apply.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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