“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
This verse encourages believers to be firmly rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ and to trust in the eternal life that will be revealed later. It is good for believers to suffer for the sake of righteousness, according to verse 14, and they should not be afraid or concerned about their afflictions.
Suffering and persecution experienced as a result of trusting Jesus will not remain indefinitely, but it will lead to life. Those who refuse to accept Jesus will never know the goodness of Jesus, which qualifies one for heaven. As a result, believers are instructed to adopt a mindset of endurance in the face of persecution and suffering.
Those who hunger for righteousness, Jesus adds, will be blessed, and they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:6). Persecutions must be welcomed in one’s life for the sake of reward. He shouldn’t run away from it because the Lord Jesus Christ promised that they would inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10).
Receiving Jesus involves traveling in the opposite direction of sinners, and believers become enemies in the eyes of the world. Suffering for the sake of Christ, on the other hand, would be a fantastic profession with the hope of a large payoff.
Believers are encouraged to sanctify Jesus in their hearts so that their faith would be strengthened. At the same time, they should be prepared to respond to questions about why they are suffering.
They must convey the hope that has been created in their hearts as a result of faith in Jesus, according to Paul. They must respond with meekness and with dread of God in their hearts. No one will accept persecution if their faith is without hope.
They should proclaim the message that they had heard from others and believed. They must also do the same with those who inquire about their hope.
All of the disciples were aware of their hope that one day they would be resurrected and spend eternity with the Lord in heaven. On the day of their resurrection, believers who walk with Jesus until their last breath will inherit the kingdom of God.
Life without Christ is doomed because we all die at some point during our lives on this planet. However, we may glimpse a life that is eternal in Jesus, where Christians will be given a glorified body and death and suffering will be abolished.
This is the hope that every believer should have, and they are to preach it to others while being asked. As there is life beyond death, Romans 12:12 also states to exult in the hope and endure amid affliction. Jesus had demonstrated how we would be raised from the dead and given a new body that would never decay.