When I last posted, we were looking at living before God according to His purpose, as courageous believers, conducting ourselves as the holy elect of God.
Through our continued life walking in faith, we are also promised an inheritance, one that is glorious, incorruptible and undefiled; an inheritance that does not fade away.
Peter puts it like this…
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” – 1 Peter 1:3-7 NKJV
Peter wrote to encourage us through tough times, to uplift us and to instruct us to keep our focus on what’s to come as we work our way through difficult and trying times. Peter, wants to make sure we understand that the testing of our faith is not because the Lord does not already know the genuineness of our faith, the testing is designed to develop the depth of our faith and our enduring trust in the Lord.
Our faith, or more precisely, the genuineness of our faith in God’s eyes, is much more precious than gold. We know that gold is tested by fire to remove its impurities and prove its genuineness.
God has a great and important purpose in testing our faith.
- Faith is tested to show that it is sincere faith or true faith.
- Faith is tested to show the strength of faith.
- Faith is tested to purify it, to burn away the dross (impurities) like from the gold.
We are also kept by the power of God through faith for our salvation, to an inheritance that does not fade away. Just like the inheritance that the Lord gave to Aaron in Numbers, and to the Psalmist, this inheritance is the gift of God, Himself.
“Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.” – Numbers 18:20 NKJV
“LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.” – Psalm 16:5-6 NKJV
Since God gives Himself to us now, our inheritance begins here and now. We cannot experience this inheritance unless we are born again. Unregenerate man does not have the capacity to enjoy this inheritance. It would be like rewarding a blind man by showing him the most beautiful sunset or taking him to an art museum. In speaking with those who don’t know Jesus, we shouldn’t just tell them of the agonies of hell they will experience, but also of the glories of heaven they will miss.
Have a wonderful week