Read 1 Peter 1: 3-12
“Praise Be” or “Blessed be the God” is an incredible proncment of who we are in Christ. This word, phrase comes from the Greek, brake, used in Jewish blessings, and means the God Who blesses us. It also means rebirth—that God converts or “re-births” us.
Our inheritance means Chrisr re-purposed us, re-birthed us.
It is the theme that, as Christians, we are born again because God adopts and changes our nature as in starting again as new (Jer. 1:11-12; Ezek. 36:24-27; Mic. 1:10-15; John 3; 7:37-39). In Peter’s time, this phrase also referred to Gentiles who converted to Judaism. Now, He switches it to those who converted to Christ as their new living Hope, inheritance, security, and God.
So, let’s take a look at this wondrous key word, “Inheritance” here in 1 Peter, it means the “substance” of the hope we have in Christ. What does this have to do with stewardship? A lot, because we tend to think all stewardship is about is money. And what we are working for and why is so much more profound and powerful. It is not money or things, nor power or authority. Rather, it refers to salvation—our deliverance from sin; we are God’s children, sealed in Him and joint-heirs with Him by His Work. That we have God’s blessing, and also in context refers to how lovingly God goes out of His way to redeem us (Rom. 8:16-17; Heb. 1:14).
For the Jews in Jesus time, this meant inheriting a future world such as Israel’s inheritance of the Promised Land while wandering the desert. It infers redemption and the process God used to redeem us. It meant treasures stored up in Heaven for them (4 Ezra—a Jewish apocryphal book). For us, by Jesus’ righteousness and our obedience, our treasures are also stored up, while we still have opportunities now.
As a Christian, our chief inheritance is that Christ is our Redeemer! Christ is our Living Hope that will never fade away! This real inheritance gives us the confidence and conviction we have that our living God keeps His promises and secures us in Him. It is the assurance—and fact—that God has redeemed us, will bless us, and will care for us (1 Peter 1:13, 21; 3:15).
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18
We are chosen and given our new birth! We live in hope! As Christians, we have God’s abundant mercy, hope, and assurance so we can praise God for His grace and salvation! In our new life, we are set apart, as we have salvation and an eternal inheritance available to us! God makes us holy in His sight and relevant for life here and now as well as for the eternity to come.
Salvation produces hope and joy. He is our living Hope that will not fade away! This bond ties us to the responsibility of responding to what our God has done for us. He gives us faith; we are responsible for keeping the faith going and growing because we will be delivered from those who oppose us (Eph. 6:16; Phil. 2:12-13; 1 Pet. 5:8-9).
This inheritance is about our God’s most abundant mercy, love, and grace, given to us, without merit, before the foundations of matter and time. He loves and cares for us beyond any depth or limit, beyond any human comprehension. This inheritance is given to us so we can declare it to others. We know Christ because He has made Himself known to us so we can make Him known to others.