3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
1 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
I am going to go through 1 Peter bit by bit while trying to keep everything in context. Keep in mind that I do not know biblical Greek and I do not consider myself a scholar other than the fact that I study Scripture. I depend upon the work of experts and most of the things you will read here fall into the category of my own personal reflections. Consider this more of a devotional effort than hard core exegesis.
Yesterday I addressed the fact that Peter is writing as an apostle and is exercising the authority that comes along with that role. He has encouraged his readers to remember that even though they are foreigners (strangers) in this world they belong to God. They have been chosen, washed, and set apart by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The result is that they are to be obedient to Christ.
In these two verses Peter points out that they have something great waiting for them. Because of God’s mercy, Jesus died so that they will inherit in heaven. He describes that inheritance as priceless, pure, and undefiled. It is out of the reach of earthly powers which can destroy or snatch it away. He urges them to keep the faith so that God will continue to protect them in the face of uncertain times. Salvation is just around the corner. The end is coming and Peter seems to welcome it.
I take comfort in this. I know I am not part of the original audience but I do believe the application still reaches out to us today. The same God calls us, washes us, and sets us apart. The same God protects us and I believe we have that same inheritance waiting for us. We’re much closer to the last day that Peter’s readers were. Christians still face persecution and difficult times in other parts of the world. I can only imagine the encouragement they must get when reading these words.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.