Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Two Inheritances

~ Do You Possess Two Inheritances? ~   

Has your faith made you a part of Christ’s inheritance? If so, are you aware of your personal fantastic inheritance—far better than any lottery winnings?

(1)  Our Inheritance—Rejoice that you are a joint-heir with Christ of all things.  ~  Jesus Christ owns all things and you are a joint-heir of all things with Him!

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17a).

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise… and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 3:29,4:7b).  

In Christ we also have obtained an inheritance… 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 1:11, 13b-14).  

 “That is why He is the One who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called will receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them” (Hebrews 9:15). 

We have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay” (1 Peter 1:4).

Our Resulting Responsibility  ~  “Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ” (Colossians 3:22b-24).

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:9-14).

(2)  Christ’s Inheritance—Rejoice that you are part of Christ’s inheritance!  ~  As a blood-bought sinner who has accepted Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation you are part of the inheritance which Jesus Christ Himself receives!

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, and His incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19a). “For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).

“But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe” (Hebrews 1:2).

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

1 comment:

  1. This is such a timely post! This past Sunday we had a guest preacher at our church who spoke on the same topic, explaining how there are many Christians who don't realize precisely what they have inherited. Thank you for the reminder!

    Be blessed!