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Part six of a series. Read part five.
Thus far in this series, we have seen four incorruptible things about God. He is by nature incorruptible. His Word is incorruptible. His Son is incorruptible. His Son's blood is incorruptible. And because these things are true of God, the Bible tells us that three things are true of us. Today we consider the first of them: Believers in Jesus Christ have an incorruptible inheritance.
Clear Title to Eternal Property
This is true because our salvation rests on the incorruptible blood of our incorruptible Savior, we have an incorruptible inheritance:
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. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
Back in the 1940s, a well-known preacher's live radio broadcast was heard each Sunday afternoon from coast to coast. At the end of one program, he announced that he would be speaking the following Sunday on the subject of Heaven. During that week, he received a letter from an old man who was very ill. He read part of that letter on the broadcast the following week:
Next Sunday you are going to talk about Heaven. I am interested in that land, because I have held a clear title to some property there for over fifty-five years. I did not buy it. It was given to me without money and without price. But the Donor purchased it for me at tremendous sacrifice. I am not holding it for speculation since the title is not transferable. And it is not a vacant lot.
The great Architect and Builder of the Universe has been building a home for me there which will never need to be remodeled nor repaired. It will suit me perfectly, individually, and it will never grow old.
Termites can never undermine its foundations for they rest on the Rock of Ages. Fire cannot destroy it. Floods cannot wash it away. No locks or bolts will ever be placed upon its doors, for no vicious person can ever enter that land where my dwelling stands, now almost completed and almost ready for me to enter in and abide in peace for eternity, without fear of being evicted.
There is a valley of deep shadow between the place where I live on this earth and that to which I shall journey in a very short time. I cannot reach my home in that City of Gold without passing through this dark valley of shadows. But I am not afraid because Jesus, the best Friend I ever had went through the same valley long, long ago and drove away all its gloom. He has stuck by me through thick and thin, since we first became acquainted fifty-five years ago, and I hold His promise, in printed form, never to forsake me or leave me alone. He will be with me as I walk through the valley of shadows, and I shall not lose my way because He is with me.
"The Guarantee of Our Inheritance"
What a wonderful confidence. That is your confidence if you are trusting in the finished work of Christ alone for salvation from sin and wrath. You can have full confidence in your inheritance. Confidence in the resurrection. All because of Jesus Christ. An incorruptible inheritance.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:7-14)
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