by Adam B. Cozort

Peter, in his writings, has a great deal to say concerning the joy inherent in Christianity and the reward for the faithful. In introducing his first epistle, he writes these words by inspiration: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:3-5).

Within the confines of this passage, Peter gives three definitive attributes of the inheritance which those who have been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ have available to them. The wondrous inheritance of Heaven promised by God to the faithful is given further beautification by the three attributes ascribed by Peter through inspiration.

First, our inheritance is incorruptible. The term “incorruptible” is defined as “imperishable” (Thayer), or “undecaying” (Strong’s). In our lives on this earth, everything runs down. Whether it be our bodies, our homes, or our other possessions, things begin to run down and fall apart over time. But such will not be the case in Heaven. A thousand years after we’ve arrived it will still be as beautiful as at the beginning. Such will not only be the case with Heaven, but with our own selves as well. Paul would write, “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51-52). So it will be in Heaven. There will be no decay, but all will remain as it was at the first.

Second, our inheritance is undefiled. To be undefiled is to be pure. There will be no imperfections in Heaven. Nobody and nothing will be in that heavenly realm which is not supposed to be. Rather, it will be a place only for those covered by the pure, perfect blood of Jesus Christ.

Third, our inheritance fadeth not away. There is no time limit in Heaven. It will not be such that at some point, Heaven will simply cease to exist. Instead, our inheritance shall stand for an eternity. Peter would conclude this book with a very similar statement, “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Pet. 5:4). Paul wrote, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (2 The. 4:17).

The beautiful nature of Heaven is easily seen through these words of Peter. It will not decay, it will be pure, and it will not end. May God bless us as we seek to prepare ourselves for that inheritance reserved for the faithful.