This verse is one I have often missed the depth of because it's in the middle of a number of verses on meeting together and encouraging one another. But this short verse contains a great reminder for us.
As followers of Christ we profess hope in Jesus Christ to save us and offer us forgiveness for our sins. This is a hope we can hold onto without concern. It is true. That's why we can boldly share it with others and why we're told to. That's why we can hold onto it no matter what comes our way.
The second part of this verse is what's important. It gives us the reason why we can hold onto hope in Jesus Christ without wondering if it's stable.
God is faithful. He will keep His promises. And He has promised that Jesus' sacrifice was enough and gives us direct access to Him. We can live in the assurance that God's promise is true because He is faithful.
Scripture is full of promises God made that He kept.
- God promised Noah that He would never destroy the whole earth again with a flood. (Genesis 8:20-9:17)
- God promised Joshua He would go with him always. (Joshua 1:1-9)
- God promised Moses He would give him the words to say to Pharaoh and favour with the Israelites. (Exodus 3 & 4)
- Jesus promised He would be with us always. (Matthew 28:20)
Reading Scripture and seeing that God always keeps His promises gives me hope. We have hope because we serve a God Who is faithful to His word. We can cling to the promises He has made based on the past.
We serve a faithful God!