“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy birthed us from above into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, being kept in the heavens into us who by the power of God are being guarded through faith, into a deliverance to be uncovered in the last time.” (personal translation)1 Peter 1:3-5
In addition to being birthed into a living hope, we are also birthed into an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, being kept in the heavens into us…. Again I have translated a small Greek word (“EIS” written in English) as its primary meaning “into.” Other words such as “for us” are more common in this passage. However, note how changing that to “into” keeps it anchored in us and not in the “heavens” somewhere out there. This inheritance is in us as we sit in the”heavenlies.” It is not something stored up for receiving when we get there at some future date.
This inheritance is the result of our birth. We have been born into the family of God and nothing now separates us from our Lord. In the words of Francois du Toit, “Jesus Christ has eliminated ever definition of distance between us by abiding in us.” So very true. So we are in Him and we exist with Him. He lives in us and exists within us. The unity of this fellowship is complete. Both Ephesians and Colossians attest to that fact.
So this inheritance that is ours, that is by the power of God guarded through or by faith, is into us – not in a storage vault somewhere. Jesus is our inheritance and we live in Him, so the reality of that inheritance is now.
I think so many of us separate ourselves from Him so much that we see everything future. Hence we as a church (worldwide) have not seen the closeness of our fellowship. He longs to visit with us and share Himself in fullness.
When a child of a wealthy person begins to live as an adult, they already share in some aspects of the wealth they will inherit. Their training, their education, their lives are marked with the social aspects of those who will inherit.
So it is with us. Because of our Father, we have the best possible spiritual training and education – if we wish. All is in fellowship in Him. Paul said,”I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:19-20 HCSB That was not a “wish” Paul had, but that was the way he lived his life here.
So we too, are so deeply included in the fellowship of Jesus, that He lives and moves within us and we in Him. This inheritance, then that is guarded by faith, is in His presence and being within us.
Lord, thank you for beginning to teach us how close to us you always are and that you always bring all into us now. It is almost too much to really conceive of in our minds, but Lord we are so willing to receive in spirit, in heart, in mind.