“In his great mercy he has given us new birth .. into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you”
(1 Peter 1:3-4)
The word inheritance has to us a meaning of something we may receive in the future. The Bible however sees it more as an already secure possession. For the Christian it carries with it even deeper implications of which Peter reminds us.
It is imperishable. It cannot be diminished or reduced in value. No one and nothing can take it away from us. It is the gift of God, maintained and protected by God Himself.
It cannot be defiled or spoiled. Its purity and glory is preserved at all times by our holy God.
It cannot fade or lose its beauty and wonder. It is infused at all times by the unfading glory of the Living God.
Our true and eternal inheritance is the Lord God Himself – with all that He is and all that comes with Him.
- “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25)
- “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20)
- “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:24)
‘God is love’ as John tells us. So He gives us the greatest gift that He can – Himself. He gives us Himself in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He gives us Himself in the indwelling and life-giving gift of the Holy Spirit. He gives us Himself as the Eternal and Almighty Father, both now and through all eternity – in all His imperishable, undefiled and unfading glory.
Who are we that we should have such an inheritance? We are the ones whom God loves – and who, by His grace alone, have received that love.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Keep opening yourself to believe, receive and live in the love of God.
Father, thank You so much for Your great and wonderful love. Please help me to believe, receive and live in it as You reveal Yourself to me more and more. Amen.