Inherited Wealth (I Peter 1:4)
I Peter 1:4, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you…”
In 1949, Jack Wurm was broke and out of a job. One day, he was walking along a San Francisco beach when he came across a bottle with a piece of paper in it. As he read the note, he discovered that it was the last will and testament of Daisy Singer Alexander, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. The note read, "To avoid confusion, I leave my entire estate to the lucky person who finds this bottle and to my attorney, Barry Cohen, share and share alike." To amazement, the courts accepted the theory that the heiress had written the note 12 years earlier, and had thrown the bottle into the Thames River in London, from where it had drifted across the oceans to the feet of a penniless and jobless Jack Wurm. His chance discovery netted him over 6 million dollars in cash and Singer stock.
Imagine what it would have been like to be walking in those footprints on that San Francisco beach? What a find! And yet, 6 million dollars doesn't even begin to compare with our spiritual inheritance in the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter reveals that wonderful, mega promise for the citizens of Heaven. We have an inheritance coming to us that is far greater than any earthly inheritance you might receive. The full enjoyment of our inheritance is coming soon. We already have the earnest or down payment of our inheritance in Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Peter says that our salvation is an inheritance kept in heaven for us. Of course, Christ Himself is our inheritance. But it also includes all that He has provided and will provide for those whom He has purchased with His blood. God has not only begotten us again to a living hope, but also “…to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away.” God has chosen us, not only to salvation, but to an eternal inheritance that will not be taxable, wear out, nor diminish in value. It is reserved in heaven for you. Therefore, our salvation includes not only a living hope of eternal life now, but also of an eternal inheritance upon arrival there.
Salvation in Christ gives us an inheritance of immeasurable wealth, for it is Divine wealth. Few people are interested in this inheritance because they are more interested in what this present world can offer. This inheritance is incorruptible and will never diminish in value. Too often when one obtains an inheritance in this world it disappoints and brings more troubles than delights. This world has nothing that can ever compare to it. This inheritance is reserved, which means to guard, protect, keep safe. This world’s inheritances have been stolen, lost by poor investment, etc. No government can protect an inheritance like God protects our inheritance.
This inheritance is not for the unbeliever. It is only for those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many in our world will not receive this inheritance. Their riches are limited to this world. The inheritance of the redeemed is far superior. My friend, you may not have much by way of material things, but when you were born again you became rich.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, the more I read Your Word the more I understand of what I have in Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I want nothing this world has to offer me, but to be more like Christ. May I shine bright for Him until He comes. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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