I’ve spent the last month reflecting on 1 Peter and in the last few days reviewing the letter. I was struck again by the reality of our eternal future which is through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away. It is reserved in heaven for us and is protected by the power of God. Amazing.
Below is the passage. Take a few minutes to read and ponder what Peter says.
“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, 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. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Peter 1:3-7 NASB)
Here are a few questions to consider:
What thoughts came to your mind?
How should we think about our inheritance?
What part do trials play in our inheritance?
Take a few minutes to thank the Lord for all He has done for you.
I was reading and reflecting on who Jesus really is these last several days. There are so many ways to look at this topic. Here’s one that caught my eye.
“For by him all things were created,
in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:16-17)
This is mind blowing. Jesus is Lord, King, Ruler, Sustainer, and Creator. He is before all and there is none who can compare to him.
Take a few moments to praise Him and thank Him for Who He is. Thank Him that He has all things under His control.
People of faith see the unseen. This is the message of Hebrews 11.
My wife and I love the mountains of North Carolina. We go there whenever we can just to be refreshed and to relish the beauty of God’s creation. We most feel like home there. The longing for beauty and quiet peace draws us like nothing else in this world.
In a similar way, but even more real and certainly eternal, we have a home we desire – a heavenly one. This one is the one He has prepared for us.
This morning I was reading in Heb. 11 and was struck by verse 16. “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”
The most peaceful, beautiful place in this world is nothing in comparison to the wonder, beauty and peace of the place He has prepared for us.
Take a moment to thank the Father for this reality and hope.