1 Peter 1:4: To An Inheritance That Is Imperishable, Undefiled, And Unfading, Kept In Heaven For You.
1 Peter 1:4
To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (ESV)
The Apostle Peter writes to Christians who are in the midst of being persecuted for their faith. They are exiles from their homes. Many of them were exiled from previous relationships, even family members. Peter reminds them that while they may have lost many things in this life they have an inheritance in Heaven that will help them keep things in proper perspective. They have much to be excited about.
Our inheritance in heaven is imperishable. Every thing that we have in this life on earth, no matter how precious it might be, is subject to decay. All of the science geeks will acknowledge that it is the second law of thermodynamics that describes the entropy of all things. Our inheritance in heaven is not subject to the laws that govern this earth. What God has for his children will never change. It is imperishable.
Our inheritance is undefiled. Everything in this world is evil. The things that we purchase are likely supporting someone else's lifestyle that is not consistent with godliness. Think about it. You could buy a Christian book, yet someone who does not love Jesus might have worked in the paper mill that produced the pages you read. Everything we have on earth is defiled in some way or another. Not so in heaven.
Our inheritance is unfading. This word speaks to the value of something that does not decrease in any way. Consider a flower. The most beautiful rose will only stay beautiful for a short amount of time. Flowers fade. The quality of their beauty decreases. The inheritance that your wonderful Savior has purchased for you is unfading. While God keeps your inheritance in heaven, it will not decrease in quality; ever.
Friend, you may be going through a difficult time. Take courage. God has an inheritance for you in heaven that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. Meditate on this truth and give God praise today.