Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.” (Romans 6:8–9, NASB95)

If there is one characteristic that stands out about the Christian faith it is that hope plays a central role in it.  Ours is a journey of faith, but not a blind faith, it is a faith that rests upon God’s character and promises, upon Christ’s life and sacrifice, and his resurrection to new life.

Here Paul is saying that, just as we died with Christ–referring to the sacrament of baptism (vs. 4) which is an outward sign of the inward change that God has brought about–we shall also live with him.  No question what Paul believed about Christ’s current state of being–he was alive [this is captured wonderfully by Festus’ description of the dispute between Paul and his Jewish opponents:“Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.” (Acts 25:19, ESV)]

This is where our hope is grounded:  that Christ did rise from the dead, that he ascended, and that he is alive now and will be forevermore, that when we come to faith in him he lives within us now and that when we die we shall live with him forevermore.