The Heavenly Inheritance

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

1 Peter 1:1-12

Golden Text–“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”–Col. 1:12.

Out of a heart inspired with the glorious hope set before the consecrated saints of the Gospel dispensation flows the impassioned and eloquent greeting of the Apostle Peter to others of like precious faith. To “the elect according to the foreknowledge of God, and every line of his epistle, even the words of greeting, are full of instruction.

VERSE 2 shows that the election referred to was not an arbitrary election, but that it was conditioned upon three things–(1) the sanctification or full consecration of the believer; (2) his implicit obedience to the divine discipline and teaching; and (3) his full reliance upon the precious blood of Christ for cleansing and salvation from sin and death.

VERSE 3 gratefully and joyfully points to the resurrection of Christ as the assurance of our final triumph through him.

VERSES 4,5 declare that the glorious inheritance of the saints was not for immediate possession at the instant of death, but that it was reserved, and that it would be revealed in the last time–at the second advent of the Lord. So the Apostle Paul also taught, saying, when he was about to die, “Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me at that day; and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.” –2 Tim. 4:7,8.

VERSES 6-9 are precious reminders of the joys of faith, to attain the full fruition of which, the endurance of present afflictions are causes for thanksgiving, because their discipline is necessary to prepare us for the glorious inheritance of the saints in light.

VERSES 10-12 declare that the revelations of divine truth concerning the glorious inheritance of the saints of the Gospel age were never made known in former ages, even to the faithful prophets, nor to the angels who earnestly desired to know, and who diligently searched and sought to discover the deep significance of the prophecies of these things, which are now made known to us by the holy Spirit which inspired the apostles and through them instructs the Church.

And this high calling of “the elect” “Church of the First Born, whose names are written in heaven,” is still a blessed secret among the saints, which “none of the princes of this world [the great ones of the world–“the princes,” either ecclesiastical or civil] knew.” (1 Cor. 2:6-10.)

Nor do they yet know of the glory to be revealed in the saints. “Howbeit, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect [that are of a perfect heart, disposition or intention, the humble and obedient, the truly wise–Dan. 12:10]; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world that come to nought. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world for our glory; which none of the princes of this world knew….Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard; neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit”–through His holy apostles and prophets in whose divine inspiration we have the fullest
confidence, notwithstanding the efforts of the princes of this world to shake it. God be praised for the abundant testimony of His inspired, holy Word!

 

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