Incorruptible and Undefiled and Unfading

Peter declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, unto an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, kept in the heavens for you” (1 Peter 1:3-4).

New JerusalemIn his epistles Peter mentions several things included in this inheritance. Since Peter’s epistles conclude with the new heavens and new earth (2 Peter 3:13), this implies to me that the inheritance also includes New Jerusalem. Certainly the characteristics “incorruptible and undefiled and unfading” are true of New Jerusalem.

Our God and Father has regenerated us unto this inheritance. By our natural birth we are not qualified. Our second birth, our birth as children of God (John 1:12-13), is the initial step toward this inheritance. Now we are growing in this life unto maturity, which is the qualification for us to inherit it.

We were “regenerated not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). The incorruptible nature of the seed matches the incorruptible nature of the inheritance.

Our regeneration is “unto a living hope…unto an inheritance.” Our inheritance is not material riches, which are lifeless, corruptible, and fading. Our inheritance is living. New Jerusalem is a living, incorruptible, undefiled, unfading city and regeneration puts us on the path unto this wonderful city.

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