Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life.We have been born into a new life that has an inheritance that can’t be destroyed or corrupted and can’t fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3, God’s Word Translation).
Peter’s heart is overflowing with praise as he reflects on the Gospel of Jesus. We receive a new birth when we place our faith in Jesus. That new birth comes to us from a merciful God. We don’t deserve it; we can’t earn it; we can only receive it as a gift from a gracious God. Peter then adds that this new birth leads to a new life. The resurrected Christ dwells in our hearts and leads us to live a new kind of life.
He then adds that we have an inheritance. Again, we don’t earn an inheritance. We receive it from one who loves us. An earthly inheritance is nice. The inheritance I received from my parents is long gone (they were not wealthy!). The inheritance we receive from Jesus can never be lost or destroyed. It will never fade away. It is waiting for us in heaven.
What a blessing it is to be a Christian. Whatever comes our way in this life we have an inheritance that will never fade away.
Thank You, Father, for the wonderful blessings we receive when we trust in Jesus. Thank You for the new birth and for the new life we receive. Thank You for the inheritance with which You have blessed us, a legacy that can never be destroyed. Blessed be the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.