“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Imperishable Inheritance
(Please read 1 Peter 1:3-5)
Squabbles over inheritances can be ugly. Some families never get over them. A man once was so concerned over his inheritance that he asked Jesus to intervene and see that he got his share (see Luke 12:13 and following). People in our time have similar concerns, and probating wills and settling estates is practically an industry by itself.
Christ made it clear to the aggrieved man that He wasn’t in the business of settling estate disputes. But he did invite all of us to accept an inheritance far beyond anything we could ask or conceive. And our text makes it clear that this inheritance, unlike the material assets we leave to our children here, is “imperishable” (NAS). It’s eternal, will never diminish or wear out.
This promised inheritance includes an immortal soul in an immortal body, no longer threatened by temptation or illness or anything else and surrounded by perfection and glory. It’s an “undefiled” inheritance, meaning it is pure, like Christ himself, who is described in Hebrews 7:26 as “holy, innocent, undefiled.” And as if to underscore the everlasting nature of this gift from God, the apostle adds that it “will not fade away.”
Where is our inheritance? Why, it’s “reserved in heaven for you.” Jesus flatly promised that his followers could come to where he was going (see John 13:33-36). There’s the condition, as stated in Verse 5 of our text: It’s for those “who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time.”
May our lives reflect our living hope for this blessed inheritance.