I Peter 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.”
In Christ, we have been given a new identity; one in which we are citizens of God’s Kingdom. “You are fellow citizens with the saints and are of God’s household.” (Ephesians 2:19) Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ you have become heirs to a living hope and a glorious future.
When people die they leave an inheritance for their family members whether it be tangible assets such as money or property, or intangible as in memories or values. It connects people to their ancestors, but they fade with time. When Jesus died and rose again to new life, he paved the way for us to have an inheritance beyond this life; one that is for eternity.
The three words Peter uses to describe our inheritance are: imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. This means your future heavenly existence will never experience corruption or decay. It will never pass away.
Though earthly inheritance eventually fades away, our eternal inheritance will never fade or diminish. It will be unstained by sin. We have a living hope in Christ Jesus, “protected by the power of God” (1 Peter 1:5).