The Christian Inheritance

Have you ever thought about your inheritance as a child of God? I have been studying and teaching the visions of Ezekiel in sunday school recently and it has allowed me to study a bit deeper into our inheritance as a christian. In Ezekiel 47, we have God showing Ezekiel the physical details of the land the God’s people are set to inherit. When studying old testament prophesy, a rule of thumb is to find the cross when studying the prophesy. The vision of Ezekiel is no exception to the rule. Though the passage is dealing with the physical inheritance of God’s people, it can applied in a spiritual manner to the modern day child of God.
As a child of God, we have an inheritance unlike any other. One truth about an inheritance that we must know is that on order an inheritance is given to someone in the family, or someone in line to recieve an inheritance. You’ve heard for many years the old teaching that you can earn your salvation. This is something that many believe to be true, but unfortunately it is false. You can’t work hard enough to earn heaven. Heaven is an inheritance belonging to the people of God. Look at it from a different perspective. When a loved one passes away in your family and you are set to recieve an inheritance from them, whether it be money, land, housing, or anything else, that inheritance is yours because you are set to recieve it as an agreement between you and your loved one. No matter how hard I work, or how good I am there is no way I can earn your inheritance because im not in line to recieve it. The same is true of Heaven. God promised us in John 14: 2-3 that He is preparing a place for His people. He tells us, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and recieve you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” This is one of the greatest promises of the Word of God, because it speaks of our inheritance as a child of God. There is only one way to recieve this inheritance and that is to become part of the family of God.
In John 3 as Jesus is starting to explaing to Nicodemus about the two births, He says in verse 3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus reinforces this truth in verse 7 where He says to Nicodemus, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” This is puzzling to Nicodemus because he only knew of the physical birth by water, but Jesus was speaking of a spiritual birth by the Spirit of God. Before we accepted Christ, we were spiritually dead. The Apostle Paul teaches us about this in Ephesians 2:1 by saying, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” The word “quickened” means to be made alive. When we accepted Christ into our heart to be our Lord and Savior, He gave our spirit and our soul life everlasting. Without Christ, we have eternal death in hell after this body ceases to exist, but with Christ we have life everlasting. This is possible because only God can give life.
Just as God kept His Word to Abraham in Genesis 12 and just as God promised Ezekiel in the vision in Ezekiel 47 that His people will inherit the land, God has also kept His promise that we are His heirs and joint heirs with Christ. This covenant that God made with Abraham is a promise that still extends to us today. The Apostle Paul teaches us in Galatians 3: 27-29, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor greek, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” What is the “promise” spoken of in that passage? It is the promise of the promised land. We are heirs of God and joint heairs with Christ, meaning that because we part of the family of God we have been chosen to recieve the inheritance of Heaven. God made this promise to those who will acceot His gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23.) In Ezekiel 47:22, God promised that it wasn’t only the Jews recieving the inheritance, but also “to the strangers that sojurn among you.” God’s gift of eternal life is available to any and all who will accept it. The Lord promised in John 6:37 that He would “in no wise cast out.” This means everybody. If you want to inherit Heaven, then you must become part of the family of God. Paul said in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Are you part of God’s family? If not, you can be.

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