Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Inheritance

1Peter‬ ‭1:3-5‬ ‭- 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.

Through Jesus Christ. The Beginning and the End! Through the entire Word of God we see Him. In and through Him we are

There is but one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. No other god. Not Buddha. Not Allah. No other man. Nothing, no one. 

God sent His own Son. He became flesh and came down from heaven for us. He offers mercy to anyone who will receive it, that in the end we may have eternal life. Don't be fooled into thinking there is some other way. This may sound like a narrow view. It is! Walking with Jesus is a narrow road. Most people enjoy the wide road of living in the here and now without concern for the hereafter...but it leads to destruction. Do not also be deceived that all people go to heaven. Jesus would not have had to die if that were true. He came for all sinners, of which both you and I fit the category. 

Jesus offers an undefiled and incorruptible inheritance. The devil offers just the opposite. Faith in a living God is what we need. What He offers is so much greater. He doesn't offer material blessings alone here on earth, although He can do that also, but it's His eternal blessings of which we can have assurance when we know Christ, for those kept by the power of God.

Receive Christ, receive His power. His power, His Holy Spirit, gives us wisdom, discernment, greater understanding of His Word. He helps to know truth from lie, good from evil, life from death.

There will be troubles in our lives. We cannot escape them. But we can escape the fear if we know Jesus. We can know He will strengthen us when we look to Him in the midst of hardship. Trials gone through with Jesus by our side only build our confidence in Him. Our faith grows stronger when we see how we have endured! We are told to endure to the end (of our life or His return) to receive the greatest prize in life: eternal life in Christ.

I urge you to take this to heart. God is gracious and merciful. He will forgive the greatest of sin if one allows it. He is amazing. He is alive and will show Himself to anyone who wants to know Him. If you do, you have this promise:

1Peter‬ ‭1:6-9‬ ‭- In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

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