1 Peter 1:4

2 Kings 2, 1 Peter 1:3-9

1 Peter 1:4  (New International Version)

 … into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you …

Never, never, never, because.

The inheritance that Peter speaks of can never perish, never spoil, never fade – because it is heavenly.

Today we might think of an inheritance in terms of money or land or possessions passed from parents to children. Even gold, though tested by fire, is perishable, as Peter tells us in verse 7. “Real” estate can spoil, by re-zoning, a new airport, soil acidification. And curtains fade. This is not the sort of inheritance Peter has in mind.

More likely Peter has in mind Israel’s inheritance: promised to Abraham, implicit in the escape from Egypt, coming to fruition in the Promised Land of milk and honey. That inheritance perished, spoiled by sin, fading from view. Peter, and we, looking back, can see a shadow of the genuine inheritance that is kept safe in heaven.

Looking forward, we have a living hope, an inheritance that is uncorruptible, undefiled and unfading. It can never perish, spoil, or fade. It is beyond change, desecration, decay. It is where there is no death, no mourning, no tears, no pain. It is a community of people from every nation gathered around their God in worship and praise.


2 thoughts on “1 Peter 1:4

  1. Never never never perish. Thank you roger and helen. Sometimes thats just how emphatic we need to hear it.

    Whoever does win the World Cup…it will perish.

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