An Inheritance Incorruptible
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, ~1 Peter 1:4
An inheritance is something that is passed to another person (typically a family member) by will. It is usually passed to the designated person after the death of the testator. In some cases, it is done while the testator is alive and is given as a gift. Peter refers to an inheritance that is guaranteed to everyone who is saved. This inheritance incorruptible is speaking about Heaven.
We see the pressure.
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” The believers Peter is writing to were going through difficult trials. They were undergoing persecution from family, friends, and the Roman government. They were dispersed throughout the empire to escape the persecution. They lost their possessions, fled from their homes, were without employment, and risked imprisonment for their faith. It was under this intense pressure that they were reminded to look ahead to their heavenly home.
We see the possession.
Peter uses a number of wonderful descriptions about Heaven. It is a place that cannot be corrupted, defiled, outdated, perishable, or destroyed. It cannot be eroded, overpopulated, or taken away. Heaven is the eternal home of every believer. It is the most beautiful place we will ever see. It is a place where God is the light of Heaven and there is no darkness. It is a place where its composition of gold and precious stones is beyond imagination. It is a mansion that Jesus prepares for every believer. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” It is our lively hope that is guaranteed when our time in this life is over.
We see the preservation.
Your place in Heaven is reserved for you. A reservation implies a place set aside in your name. Our place in Heaven and our salvation is kept by the power of God through faith until that day that God calls us home. There is nothing you need to do to “keep” your salvation. God’s power does this for us. Any insecurity you might have about the guarantee of Heaven should be dispelled in your heart and mind. God’s guarantee is that we are "kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." "Ready to be revealed" means that all the preparations for our arrival will be just right and ready for our arrival and occupancy.
We see the priority.
Every person must make the #1 priority in his life making sure Heaven is his home. Peter speaks about being born again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” This is speaking about a spiritual rebirth. This involves confessing to God that we are sinners and accepting, by faith, that Jesus rose again from the dead. We must take Him by faith as our Saviour. When we do this out of a heart of sincerity, we are born into God’s family and have received His gift of eternal life.
Don’t neglect your opportunity of receiving this inheritance incorruptible. Call on the Lord Jesus to save you. Then, rejoice today that Heaven is your eternal home that awaits you.
Have a heavenly God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Luke 21-22