What Does 1 Peter 1:4 Mean?

to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

1 Peter 1:4(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

We were born into this world in a fallen frame, the progeny of sinful man and condemned by a holy God. But God loved mankind so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to save us, by becoming our sin-substitute and taking upon Himself the punishment that we justly deserve.

Christ died in our place so that by believing on Him we might be reborn into the glorious family of God. He identified with our sin and became sin for us so that we might be forgiven, redeemed, born again and returned into fellowship with the Father.

Jesus shed His blood on the cross for our transgressions and rose again the third day so that we might be born from above, born anew - born of the Spirit of God; positioned in Christ; clothed in His perfect righteousness and accepted in the Beloved - for His names sake. He died so that we might be born into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, secure and unfading - a birthright that is kept in heaven for all who have trusted in Christ.

The unsaved man is without God and without hope in the world, but in Christ we have a living hope because our Saviour has breathed His life into our bodies - our new life in Christ. Our new born-again eternal glorious life is the very life of Christ Himself, and it is all by grace through faith in Him.

But the hope we have from the Lord is not only a living hope for today but a lasting hope into the ages to come.. an everlasting hope, that can never fail for it is imperishable, undefiled, secure, enduring, unfading and inextinguishable, and it is kept for us in heaven, by God's amazing grace.

This eternal security that we have in Christ is not founded on our own merit, or good deeds.. nor does it depend on our unfailing trust in Him. Our living hope for today and the lasting hope that is kept for us in heaven depends entirely upon the faithfulness of God Himself. Our hope is not based on anything we do but on the unfailing constancy and integrity of our unchanging Father in heaven.

The moment you trusted Christ as Saviour you were born into a heavenly inheritance that can never fail and is being kept by the power of God in heaven for you. Let us seek to live godly in Christ Jesus. Let us live from the new born-again life of Christ within, until we can say with Paul, it is not I that live, but Christ that lives in me.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that in Your grace You sent the Lord Jesus to take the punishment for my sin so that by believing on Him I might be forgiven, redeemed and born into Your heavenly family. Thank You that He is my living hope so that the life I now live in this body, I live by faith in the Son of God. Thank You Father for the lasting hope that is kept for me in heavenly places. Thank You that this glorious inheritance does not depend on my faithfulness but on YOURS. You are a good and gracious God and I love You Lord, AMEN.

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