3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. — 1 Peter 1:3 NCV
The hope that we have of our final salvation is a living hope. It was searched for and studied by the prophets of old. The Holy Spirit revealed things to them and as much as they desired to grasp this hope, they were told that the truths they were revealing were not for them at that time but for a later time. That time came when Jesus was resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven and sent us the great Comforter, the Holy Spirit. When we receive the Spirit and He abides within us, He brings with Him a living hope. It may start as just a tiny flame of hope, but as our understanding matures, it grows with each passing day. We are saved, we are being saved and one day we will have our final salvation.
The prophets desired it, the angels desire to look into it and understand it, but, by the grace of God, we have it. We need to feed that hope daily by studying God’s Word, praying and praising Him. As we practice these things, we will find that our hope grows and that we experience a peace and joy that we cannot explain. A joy full of glory because each day we are nearer to the ultimate goal of our faith — which is the salvation of our souls.