Let's begin in 1 Peter 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."
"Kept by the power of God through faith" here we find two extraordinary truths about our keeping unto salvation. The first great truth is, "Kept by the power of God"; and the second is "Kept through faith." There are two sides to this wonderful promise! On one side, God promises to send the Holy Spirit to keep us in Jesus every moment of every day; then our part
is, by faith to allow the Holy Spirit to keep doing His work in us by surrendering ourselves every moment of the day. Through this process we have already started our Heaven right here on this earth, and the Holy Spirit keeps us dwelling in Jesus day by day as well. We are doubly kept! Our inheritance in Heaven is our promised future; and we are kept here on earth until Jesus comes back to accomplish that inevitable reality.
We have a great inheritance promised! But what would we think of a man who spent his whole life accumulating millions of dollars to leave to his
children and neglected to educate and train them for the responsibility of wealth? If he allowed his children to run the streets chasing sin and selfish pleasures? We would think he was a fool, am I right?
We would feel sorry for his ignorance! We would wonder why he would sacrifice to save all this money for his children's inheritance, and not prepare them to handle it wisely.
I am so thankful that our God has not only sacrificed beyond reason to give us the inheritance of eternity in bliss! But, He has also promised that He will prepare us for this inheritance.
Again, there are two simple truths; the divine side - we are kept by God's power; the human side we are kept through faith. Next week we will continue to look at what this keeping means for us as believers.