“He made his money the old-fashioned way,” a man said. “He inherited it.”
Readers of my blog may or may not inherit money, but Jesus has given us a greater inheritance than money.
— Ephesians 1.11-14 – In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,
So that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;
This is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
When we place our faith in the crucified and resurrected Messiah, we are united with him. Through an act of God, our lives are incorporated into the life of Jesus.
It was God’s will for humans to have an inheritance because of our relationship with Jesus.
For years I assumed that our inheritance was another way of describing heaven. Truly, our inheritance involves heaven, but there is much more to be received.
Far greater than heaven is the opportunity to live in a Father-child relationship with God. What makes heaven so grand is this relationship. We can enjoy it now and not have to wait for eternity.
God is able to do anything he chooses. What did he choose? He determined to give humans a chance to know him as their personal Father and friend.
Paul described God’s willingness to give us an inheritance like this: “[It was] the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will” (verse 11).
Sealed with the Spirit
Wax was dripped on the official document and a seal was pressed into the wax by the authority in charge.
When God sealed our inheritance, he did it in a very personal way.
Paul wrote, “[We] were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people” (verses 13-14).
The Holy Spirit is the agent of our relationship with God. He makes the personal relationship with God actually personal.
All of this takes place when we hear “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and [believe] in him” (verse 13).
We have every reason to praise God for his grace and to love him with our whole being. He had given his very best to humans, so we can have the best life possible.
YouTube Video and Prayer
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. It is on the Bob Spradling channel.
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