Inheritance in the saints


Exodus 6:8:  And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

Here, God promised to make available some lands to the children of Israel, based on his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It didn’t have anything to do with them, what they have done, or have not done; God was fulfilling His own promises. They only had to trust and obey, knowing that God will be true to the covenant that he made with their father Abraham, which involved the shedding of the blood of animals (Genesis 15).

For us, in Christ Jesus, the salvation that we enjoy, and the portion he has in us, called God’s inheritance in the saints (because his life is in us, therefore what is his, is in us) (Ephesians 1:18), are all not because of us. They are our reality because of the blood covenant that Jesus had with God. The blood of Jesus brought us into the same relationship that He has with the Father.

Believing in him makes us part of His body, we gain the same identity that Jesus has with the Father, because we are in him and he is in us.

We have been called in Christ from the beginning of the world. We have been chosen in him to be part of his body, which is the church in this world. As the children of Israel were in the loins of Abraham when God was making a covenant with him, so also we were in Christ Jesus, just as the seeds of a plant were in a seed from which the plant came.

Jesus was planted as a seed in his death and the believers comes out in harvest. Jesus, referring to his impending death on the cross, said that except a grain of seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone, but it brings forth many grain when it is put in the ground and dies (John 12:23-25).

We are in him. That is why the bible says that we were baptised into his death (Romans 6:1-5), and now we should walk in newness of life.  We have been chosen “in him” before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), we are complete “in Him” who is the head of all principalities and powers (Colossians 2:9-10). Whatever portion we have in God, is because we are in Christ. There is no short cut. He is the way (John 14:6).

We are called joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:15-17). That means whatever He has we jointly own with him, and apart from Him we have no inheritance in God since he is the Son of God, (everything God has is Christ’s [John 17:5].) and it is because of his seed in us that we are called children of God.

The bible say that we are a chosen nation, a peculiar people, to show forth the praises of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light (1Peter 2:9).

Paul said that God has separated him from his mother’s womb (Galatians 1:15-16). So when he was busy imprisoning the members of the church, heaven had already appointed to be an apostle, being the way he was to shine God’s marvelous light, from God’s inheritance in him.

You are in the kingdom of God with your unique gifts, opportunities, exposures, background, parental upbringing, by a deliberate choice of God because of the value you are to uniquely add to his kingdom.

In that sense you are his inheritance, he has something he wants to use in you. You are important to him. Because you are part of the body of Christ, there are resources that can only be released from you.

Christ holds all the resources of God as the Son, and He has chosen us as his body to release them to the earth. That is the reason it is important that we recognise and operate in our unique spiritual gift. You may not save the world, but you will save your world.

Paul wrote that as each of us has received a gift we should use it to the benefit of one another (Romans 12:6). There is a light that you bear that you must shine. The bible says that the gifts and calling of God is without repentance (Romans 11:29).

There is a determined use that God wants to put you to. Paul sent a message to Archippus, that he should see to the fulfilment the ministry he has from the Lord (Colossians 4:17). That is about the inheritance that God has in him, the benefits that should come to God’s kingdom through him.

Paul wrote to Philemon that the communication of his faith will become more effective when he acknowledges every good thing in Him because he is in Christ Jesus; he wants him to acknowledge the divine possibilities locked up in him (Philemon 1:6).

Jesus said: who will light a candle and put it under a bushel? Rather, the candle will be put on a candlestick, to maximise its potential (Matthew 5:14-16). The “inheritance” of the one who lit the candle comes when his intention for lighting it is fully realised. (The inheritance of God in us is both in the possibilities and realisation of the gifts [eternal life and and spiritual calling] in us.)

Jesus gave a parable of the talents, where three people were given varying amounts of money to trade with while the master goes on a journey to receive a kingdom (Matthew 25:14-30). Two, out of the three, made judicious use of their “gifts”, bringing profits to their Lord.

Those talents stand for inheritance in the saints. They are from God through Christ initially, and we need to use them for his glory. Apply your gift, talent, to profit God’s kingdom. We should see ourselves as being in service of the king, focused on him and serving him with all viguor.

The focus verse is about the plan of God to bring the children out of bondage in Egypt. He planned to settle them in a place where they can call their own, give them a new identity as land owners and not as tenants, which they were in Egypt for several years. He wanted them to be in a place where they will be free to express their potentials, express their full service and worship to Him, as the only one they should consider as their all in all.

Also, as Christians, God did not save us from sin so that we can be barely getting along; he has a place of full flourishing for us. You may be passing through some difficulty now, but God has a good plan for you (1Peter 5:20). His plans are not of evil but of good to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). This is called the inheritance of the saints (Colossians 1:12, Acts 20:32).

Just as he has an inheritance in you (in your service to him, based on his life in you), he has an inheritance for you (his provision for you). Many are focused on the inheritance for us, not realising that the key is to focus on his inheritance in us. Many want external changes (inheritance for us), but they don’t know that God is more interested in internal changes (inheritance in us).

To Samuel God said: I look at the heart not at the appearance (1Samuel 16:7). God is more interested in having you with a heart of obedience than a pocket of abundance. That was the critical test for the rich young ruler who came to Jesus asking: what should I do to inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:16-22)?

Jesus said that he should obey all he laws, to which he answered that he had. Jesus said that there was one thing he lacks. And to rectify that he told him to sell all he has, and give the proceeds to the poor. Afterwards he should come and follow him. On hearing this, the man turned away sad. He did not do as Jesus told him.

The man showed that his “abundance” was more important than his “obedience.” Obedience brings out God’s inheritance in us, while abundance speaks of God’s inheritance for us.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had abundance but they were short on obedience (Genesis 3). Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, where he was without food for many days (not a picture of abundance) but was a full expression of obedience to God (Luke 4:1-13).

Inheritance in the saints reflects the hold God has on us, the degree of his control over us, while the inheritance that he has for us is about what we have control over, what you can call your own in physical terms, gotten from God.

The former is more important that the latter, because if the “obedience” aspect is missing, then the “inheritance” aspect is not guaranteed.

Ask King Saul (1Samuel 15).

But if the obedience angle is in order and you don’t have the inheritance yet, you can be sure that it is only a matter of time; it will come.

Ask Abraham (Genesis 22:1-19).

Everything God has is Christ’s (John 17:5).



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