In a world where financial pressures are greater than ever, especially on young couples trying to get a start on what we call the ‘property ladder’, it is a great help to receive an inheritance. However small or great the inheritance, it is something for which they have not laboured nor contributed to. It has to be received humbly and with thanks if possible. The problem with the thanks is that the giver has passed away, and it is not usual or proper to give thanks in advance! So the only person we can thank is God; and it is right to do so, for our lot in this life is set out for us by Him.
The inheritances of this life are soon used up, and sometimes they become more of a hindrance than a help in their long term effects on our lives. But there is one inheritance which has no downside, that is, God’s inheritance. It is described to us in 1 Peter, chapter 1, verse 4 as “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you”. But who are the “you” spoken of here? Does it mean all humans without exception? No, only those who are described in verse 3 as having been born of God: “begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. This is not as complicated as it may at first sound. When someone becomes a christian through believing on Christ and receiving Him as Lord and Saviour, that person experiences something which is a parallel to the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead, namely a resurrection. He or she is, as we say, and as the bible says, “born again” (John 3: 3,7). That person, in that instant, is made RightWithGod, and becomes one of those who will inherit that inheritance “incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you”. This inheritance is God’s inheritance reserved for His people: it is heaven with Jesus Christ. Let us consider this wonderful inheritance in a little more detail.
It is incorruptible. Age and decay affect everything in this world, but this inheritance cannot be so affected. It will never suffer from any kind of decay.
It is undefiled. Everything in this world is tainted with the defilement of sin one way or another. This inheritance is pure, and will never suffer from the defilements of sin, because there is no sin in heaven. Nothing will ever taint it for all eternity.
It will never fade. It is difficult for us to even imagine this, because we are so used to this world where even the greatest pleasures fade away with the using. This pleasures of this inheritance will be as intense after a million years as at the beginning.
This inheritance is reserved for you if you are RightWithGod through faith in Jesus Christ. It has your name on it already. There will be no mistake.
But what of the time until we enter into this great inheritance? The fear is often expressed, ‘What if I lapse? I cannot keep anything up for very long’. You do not need to worry about that, because the keeping is not up to you. God becomes your keeper the moment you trust in Christ. In verse 5 the position of the christian during this interim time is described for us: “kept by the power of God through faith, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time”.