Obtain an Inheritance…

Posted: 28th March 2013 by Sam McDonald in Topical
Obtain an inheritance

Obtain an inheritance

1 Peter 1:4-5 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Peter gives us a great comparison here to contrast the difference between an earthly inheritance and a Heavenly inheritance. But lets back up one verse so we can get the full affect.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 1:4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

So you say God caused us to be born again? Well maybe it would be better said God has begotten us. God has brought us forth as His children as a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,….

Now verse 4…. And here is the contrasting list.

  1. inheritance that is imperishable
  2. an inheritance that is undefiled
  3. an inheritance that will not fade away

1. What are we heirs of? When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became sons and daughters of God. And our inheritance is eternal life in Heaven with God the Father. We are co-heirs with Jesus! So our Heavenly inheritance is imperishable, while our earthly inheritance perishes the minute we breath our last breath.

2. Our inheritance is undefiled. It will be without the corruption of sin. It will be pure.

3. Our inheritance will never fade away. Never will it become dim or dull. Our inheritance will always have it’s luster and shine and there will be no end to its splendor.

4. Our inheritance is reserved in Heaven. I’m sure that earth could never hold it’s splendor. What place could be a better safe than with God Himself.

Now let’s check out what Peter says in verse 5.

1 Peter 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In the NKJV the word kept is used, but I think NASB has a better translation here with the word protected. Peter is saying there is danger here and we need protection from it. Danger that only the power of God can keep us from. But look , God will protect us but we have to do our part. Peter says through faith. We are protected by the power of God through faith.

What is faith? Is it just believing that Jesus is our Lord and Savior? I believe faith is much more then that. Faith is trust at its core. It’s a trust that not only is Jesus our Lord, but a trust that what Jesus says is true. Faith is a trust in the word of God. It’s knowing and trusting that the scriptures you read are from God. And it’s even more then that. It’s about being faithful to God, to His commandments and to His will. It’s about living a life that is about God and for God, a life that is undefiled, not full of sin and the things that are displeasing to the Lord. Faith is about learning to live our lives here and now as Christ would live.

Take a minute and look at your own life, be honest and ask yourself; am I being faithful to God? If I was to be beamed up to Heaven right now, what part of my life would not be acceptable to God? Are you drinking every night, having sexual relations out of wedlock, doing drugs, looking at porn, abusing your wife or kids or cussing like a sailor…..just to name a few. Think about it, you wouldn’t be doing anything on that list if you where in the presents of God, right?

To me that’s what faith in Jesus Christ is. It’s trusting that what He say’s is true and trying to live my life as such, and I stress the word “trying” its never easy but with the protection and the Power of God it is possible.