“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:3-4).
God is eternally merciful. According to His mercy and grace, He has made us His children who once were His enemies (Romans 5:8-10) and objects of His wrath (Romans 1:18; Ephesians 2:1-3). We have new life from Him and in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). This has resulted in a confident expectation or hope that what God has promised, He will fulfill. This is because He is faithful (I Corinthians 10:13; Daniel 3:17; 2 Peter 2:9).
God is not only eternally merciful, but He is also eternally generous. He has granted each believer in Christ an eternal inheritance. This provided possession that God has promised to give, which is eternal life and all its blessings, has several characteristics with which we must become familiar.
First, our inheritance from God in Christ is imperishable. It will not decay. It is not liable to corruption. It lasts forever. It is eternal life. It is salvation.
Second, our inheritance is undefiled. Our salvation is unspoiled and free from anything which can deform it.
Third, our inheritance will not fade away. Salvation is perennial. It is continual.
Fourth, our inheritance is reserved in heaven by God for us. God watches over and carefully takes care of our salvation. He does not just save us and leave us alone. He is continually protective. This reservation is in heaven. Like Israel’s inheritance was a “Promised Land” on earth, for each and every believer our Promised Land is in heaven.
All of this is because God chose to be merciful to sinners like you and me. Rejoice and rest today in your inheritance and the person and work of Jesus Christ which provides it. I encourage you to read Romans 8.
Soli deo Gloria!