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5.5.2020 Our Glorious Inheritance

Word for the Warrior May 5, 2020 Our Glorious Inheritance

Here is an anointed song to touch your soul today: Surely Mercy & Goodness by Shane & Shane

This week I am prompted by Holy Spirit to explore the Inheritance God has given us. This topic is so vast that I must break it into sections! We will begin with our Inheritance in Heaven.

The Bible is full of references to the inheritance believers have in Christ. Ephesians 1:11 says,

"In Christ we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Other passages that mention a believer’s inheritance include Colossians 3:24: Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

and Hebrews 9:15Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”

Our inheritance is heaven. It is the sum total of all God has promised us in salvation. Words related to inheritance in Scripture are portion and heritage. First Peter 1:4 describes this inheritance further, saying that we have been born again "into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you." According to the apostle Peter, our inheritance is distinguished by four important qualities: Our inheritance in Christ is imperishable. What we have in Christ is not subject to corruption or decay. In contrast, everything on earth is in the process of decaying, rusting, or falling apart. The law of entropy affects our houses, our cars, and even our own bodies. Our treasure in heaven, though, is unaffected by entropy (Matthew 6:19–20). Those who have been born again are born "not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God" (1 Peter 1:23). Our inheritance in Christ is unspoiled. What we have in Christ is free from anything that would deform, debase, or degrade. Nothing on earth is perfect. Even the most beautiful things of this world are flawed; if we look closely enough, we can always find an imperfection. But Christ is truly perfect. He is "holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens" (Hebrews 7:26), and our inheritance in Him is also holy, blameless, exalted, and pure. No earthly corruption or weakness can touch what God has bestowed. Revelation 21:27 says that "nothing impure will ever enter the New Jerusalem, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful." Our inheritance in Christ is unfading. What we have in Christ is an enduring possession. As creatures of this world, it is hard for us to imagine colors that never fade, excitement that never flags, or value that never depreciates; but our inheritance is not of this world. Its glorious intensity will never diminish. God says, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 21:5). Our inheritance in Christ is reserved. What we have in Christ is being "kept" in heaven for us. Your crown of glory has your name on it. Although we enjoy many blessings as children of God here on earth, our true inheritance—our true home—is reserved for us in heaven. Like Abraham, we are "looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God" (Hebrews 11:10). The Holy Spirit guarantees that we will receive eternal life in the world to come (2 Corinthians 1:22). In fact, "when you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance" (Eph1:13–14). Jesus prayed for His followers, "Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name" (John 17:11). We are secure, being guarded by the Almighty Himself, and surely our inheritance is equally secure. No one can steal it from us. John 10:28–29: "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand." See also Matthew 6:20. As God’s children, "adopted" into His family, we have been assured an inheritance from our Heavenly Father. "Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory" (Romans 8:17). This heavenly heritage is God’s purpose and will for us (Ephesians 1:11). We receive the promise of our inheritance by hearing the word of truth and believing in Christ (Ephesians 1:13).

Tomorrow we will explore more about OUR GLORIOUS INHERITANCE & what it entails!

Let’s pray: Abba Father, Thank you for providing for us such great gifts—which are almost beyond the understanding in our finite minds! Today we ask for the MIND OF CHRIST so we may take this all in, believe it, receive it, live in this promise & look forward in the glorious inheritance given to us! We thank you for the goodness, mercy, love & redemption you have provided through the life, death & resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and then you didn’t leave us alone! You sent precious Holy Spirit to live within us and make your ways known to us. We look to you today, to pour your love into our hearts, understanding into our minds, and enter into the “joy of the Lord” and the “peace which passes all understanding!”We command our souls today, as David did, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, & bless His holy Name!”

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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