1 Peter 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you
One of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith is regeneration or spiritual birth. Without the new birth, no one can see the kingdom of God, receive eternal life and salvation through Jesus Christ. Peter said we’re born again to a living hope because we have eternal life in a Savior who’s conquered death Himself. Because of Jesus’ resurrection we have hope of a future inheritance in heaven.
The hope lives because he said it’s set upon an inheritance incorruptible that can never fade away because it’s reserved in heaven. This is a significant contrast to any inheritance we might have on this earth.
The New Testament is the last will and testament for those who choose to believe in and follow Jesus. Our inheritance in Jesus is incorruptible, because He’s incorruptible. Since Jesus is the Beginning and the End, our inheritance is forever, as well.
Peter didn’t really describe our inheritance. It’s actually something too great for him to describe. Yet we can know that our inheritance can’t perish, it can’t spoil, and it can’t fade away like an inheritance in this life can.
Our inheritance is like the inheritance of the Psalmist in Psalm 16:5, which is the gift of God Himself. Since God gives Himself to us now, our inheritance begins here and now. We can’t experience this inheritance unless we’re born again and the unregenerate man doesn’t have the capacity to enjoy this inheritance. It would be like rewarding a blind man by showing him the most beautiful sunset or taking him to an art museum.
The promise of our inheritance is certain because verse 5 tells us we are kept by the power of God. This enables us to endure through faith until the coming of Jesus. We must have faith to receive this great inheritance that God has for us in heaven. Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
It takes no faith to believe in things on this earth that we can see with our physical eyes. It does take faith to believe in the things in heaven that we can’t see. It’s our faith that activates the power of God within us.
Published on September 18, 2017