Inheritance of God

ILLUSTRATION:

a96948_1-Homeless - CopyTwo poor brothers inherited a share of a 4 billion dollar fortune after a bizarre twist in family fortunes. Brothers Zsolt and Geza Peladi were so poor they lived in a cave outside Budapest, Hungary, and sold scrap they found on the street for pennies. Now both of them and a sister who lives in America inherited their grandmother’s massive fortune after a life of poverty. “We knew our mother came from a wealthy family but she was a difficult person and had severed ties with them, then later abandoned us and we lost touch with her and our father until she eventually died,” said Geza.

They learned of their good fortune after homelessness charity workers in Hungary were contacted by lawyers handling the estate of their grandmother who died in Germany. Under German law direct descendants are automatically entitled to a share of any estate  and they were the only descendants.

We hear many similar stories. Today we want to look at both your inheritance and God’s inheritance – both of immeasurable value.

KEY VERSE:

“so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7

PREVIOUSLY:keys

Three imperatives: (Romans 6)

Know: crucified, buried, raised, seated with Him
Believe: Consider this to be true
Present: Hand your life over to Him as your owner

Released from the struggle: (Romans 7)freedDead to the law and alive to Christ

 Last week a forth imperative: (Romans 8)

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INHERITANCE:

Heir:

A person who obtains a possession
Future Entitled Possessor: upon the death of the owner (Gal. 4:1)07148513_interactive_a - Copy
Future Promised Possessor: of something promised by God (Rom. 4:13)
Believers:   upon the return of Christ (Galatians 3:29; 4:7)

Illustration: Like Prince William who is heir to the British throne.

Joint Heir:

A joint inheritor with another
Isaac and Jacob ‘fellow heirs of the same promise’ with Abraham (Hebrews 11:9)
Husband and wife as ‘fellow heir of the grace of life’ (1 Peter 3:7)
Gentiles and believing Jews as ‘fellow heirs’ (Ephesians 3:6)
Believers as ‘fellow heirs with Christ’ (Romans 8:17)

“and since children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:17

Inheritance:

That which is inherited (Vine gives three categories)

1.   Property passed from Father to Son  (Synoptic gospels)

Property or money, stocks, in trust moneys, future valuables

2.   Future possessions of the believer upon Christ’s return (Hebrews 9:15; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:14)

3.   What the believer will be to God in the ages to come (Ephesians 1:18; 2:7; etc)

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When we think of an inheritance, we like to think of a treasure chest full of gold and silver and precious jewels. The inheritance of the believer is something far more valuable: it lasts forever and is of untold value both to us and to God. It has spiritual values as described in 1 Corinthians 3:10-16.

hka403 - CopyWe could liken our inheritance to a penny stock like this gold mining stock from 1882. You would only cash it in after the full value of it has been realized. And for the believer, God is at work in us to make us of some value to Him.

OUR INHERITANCE:

Defined:

Future possessions of the believer upon the return of Christ
Hebrews 9:15 – God’s promise of the eternal inheritance

It as certain as the promise of God

Colossians 3:24 – knowing you will get the reward of the inheritance

You can know you will receive it
It is a reward – not for any works of service – but as a reward for belief

1 Peter 1:4 – it is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away

Of immense value

Ephesians 1:14 - the Holy Spirit given as a pledge;

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Or like an engagement ring
But it is a promise of God so is certain

This pledge is sometimes translated as the earnest. It is like earnest money put down on a real estate transaction to hold the purchase until the full funds are paid.

This pledge can also be likened to an engagement ring which is followed some time later by the exchange of wedding vows.

However, unlike these things which can fail, God’s promise and pledge can never fail.

ISRAEL’S INHERITANCE:

They had an inheritance – the land of Israel

But Israel was also God’s inheritance
Numerous Old Testament statements of this
Example: Psalm 28:9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance

How was Israel God’s Inheritance?

God had purchased them so owned them and they were his
They belonged to Him as His possession

BORN AGAIN BELIEVER’S INHERITANCE:

We are also God’s inheritance
Consider under three headings
His guardianship, His glory, and His grace

GOD’S INHERITANCE

I  GOD’S GUARDIANSHIP

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“who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”  2 Cor. 1:22

 “… having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory” Ephesians 1:13, 14

 HE SEALED US:

What does sealing accomplish?

Three things (maybe more)

1.   It provides security for the contents

It prevents unauthorized viewing
Can only be opened by the designated person

2.   It guarantees the authenticity of the sender

The sender’s seal uniquely identifies him

3.   It contains an important message

 Example:    

Esther 8:8 “Now you write to the Jews as you see fit, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s signet ring may not be revoked.”

Illustration:

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Like this 1842 letter from the Bank of Montreal in Canada to David S Kennedy in New York city. Kennedy was a well known investment banker in New York and this letter was sealed by the sender to keep the contents secret. The contents could have been investment directives or money drafts. The senders seal indicated that this was officially sent from thye bank. No one but Kennedy could break the seal and open the letter.

Example:

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Like the seven sealed scroll of Revelation chapter 5. This was God’s message of future judgment upon the world. The information about this judgment was kept sealed up from prying eyes. The only one that was found worthy to open the seals was the Lord Jesus Christ. Once He opened the seals the contents were revealed as recorded in the rest of the book of Revelation.

In like manner the life of the believer has been sealed by God to keep the contents safe. The true nature of the information about you, the believer, will only be revealed by God upon Christ’s second coming.

GOD KNOWS US:

liferevealedWe have

1.   Security
2.   Authenticity
3.   Content

But he knows what we are really like.
He knows us better than we know ourselves.
He sees the spiritual value of our lives.
It will not be until we get to Heaven that the seal will be broken.
Then God will display us for the values He has built into us.

 Not only is your life secure in His care, but no one knows the content of your life until God unseals it and reveals the amazing things He has done in and through you and reveals how He views you.

II  GOD’S GLORY

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“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know … what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” Ephesians 1:18

Paul prays that we would be enlightened to know this truth
To know the greatness of the glory of His Inheritance – not ours but His

In verse 14 it was our inheritance, here it is His inheritance
That is you and I (the saints = born again believers)

God is transforming you into a rich treasure that will bring glory to Him

God will inherit those, once sinners, who have become this treasure to Him
You are a treasure to God – redeemed at great cost – and valuable to Him

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 Illustration:

treasureLike a physical treasure chest, you are being transformed into a great spiritual treasure chest by God. He is at work in you and through you. The treasure or value of your life has been paid for when Christ purchased your redemption on Calvary’s cross. You are now being transformed daily by taking up your cross – which is the cross of Christ – where you were crucified with Him, buried with Him, and raised up and seated with Him in Heaven. When the time comes to leave this life or at the second coming of Christ the treasure of your life will be handed over to God as His inheritance. Then it will be revealed how great His working in your life has been and this will reveal the riches of His glory.

Past: Christ’s death purchased you;
Present: you are now being transformed (held in trust) by your identification with Christ;
Future: God will inherit you

In this life God is transforming you day by day into a treasure for Him.
And this is accomplished through the indescribable treasure within these clay vessels.
It is all through the indwelling power of God the Holy Spirit.

III  GOD’S GRACE

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“so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7

You will be a demonstration of His Grace
To be displayed for all eternity as evidence of His great grace

You are God’s trophytrophyhis

Notice how great is His grace – rich beyond all measure

Illustration: trophy

A trophy only symbolizes an achievement of its owner. The trophy, in itself, has no intrinsic value. We place it in a place of prominence for others to see what we have accomplished. The same is true of God and the believer. The believer has no intrinsic value in himself. God will display us as His trophy of grace to demonstrate the greatness of His grace.

We will be displayed by God throughout the eternal ages to come.
Where?

Before the entire creation.
Before the unseen host of Heaven: all the angelic beings.

Host - CopyThe angels have not experienced redemption as have we.
We will be God’s demonstration to them of His grace.

 And it is all because of His grace.

And not from any merit of our own.