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As Christians, you may have heard at a sermon or while reading your Bible, about our inheritance in Christ, but what does it really mean and how does it impact our earthly lives?
For believers, to put it simply, our inheritance in Christ is the promise and the hope of sharing in fellowship with God forever. It sustains throughout whatever trials are faced during this lifetime.
we read in 2 Corinthians 4:16–18:
This inheritance in Christ is promised, but not to just anyone. The inheritance in Christ, the eternal life with God is reserved for those who hear and heed the truth, believe in Jesus, and receive the Holy Spirit—in short, Christians.
Think of it as a benefits package for believers! And, it begins for you when you accept Jesus as God’s Son who gave His life for theirs, then rose to life again after being in the grave for three days.
The Holy Spirit is granted to that person as a deposit, a down payment, a promise of the coming eternal life with God in heaven.
When we study the Bible and seek to learn more about our inheritance in Christ, it is, in fact, what God has promised us in salvation. Use a concordance to look up words related to inheritance in Scripture including portion and heritage.
In 1 Peter, he describes this inheritance:
Our inheritance in Christ has four beautiful and important qualities:
Four Qualities of Our Inheritance in Christ
- Our Inheritance in Christ is Imperishable.
What we have in Christ cannot go away. It can’t be corrupted or fade or decay. While everything on earth decays, dies or falls apart, our inheritance in Christ, remains solid and eternal.
We are reminded of this in the book of Matthew:
As believers, we are “not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; – 1 Peter 1:23
2. Our Inheritance in Christ is Unspoiled.
What we have in Christ is free from anything that would deform, debase, or degrade. Nothing on earth is perfect. Even the most beautiful things of this world are flawed; if we look closely enough, we can always find an imperfection. But Christ is truly perfect. He is”
“high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26), and our inheritance in Christ is also holy, blameless, exalted, and pure. No earthly corruption or weakness can harm or remove what God has bestowed.
In speaking about the New Jerusalem (heaven), Revelation 21:27 says:
- Our Inheritance in Christ is Unfading.
On earth, things fade, paint, flags, sunshine – you get the picture. But, our inheritance in Christ is unfading. It is an enduring possession. It never decreases in value. It’s excitement never wanes, and it has a glorious intensity will never diminish.
- Our Inheritance in Christ is Reserved.
What we have in Christ is being kept safely in heaven for us. Your crown of glory has your name on it. Although we enjoy many blessings as children of God here on earth, our true inheritance—our true home—is reserved for us in heaven.
Like Abraham, we are:
The Holy Spirit guarantees that we will receive eternal life in the world to come.
On the day you first believed, we were marked with a seal.
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Jesus prayed for His followers, His believers. He said:
We are secure, being guarded by the Almighty Himself, and surely our inheritance is equally secure. No one can steal it from us.
We have been adopted by God and are His children. Therefore, we have been assured an inheritance from our Heavenly Father.
This heavenly heritage is God’s purpose and will for us.
We receive the promise of our inheritance by hearing the word of truth and believing in Christ.
One day, we will take possession of our portion, our heritage, our full inheritance.
It is important, as Christians, to understand and value the glory that awaits us, so we are better able to endure whatever comes our way in this life. We can give God praise even during trials because we have His guarantee that we will receive all He has promised.
When you think of our inheritance in Christ, what do you picture? When you think of heaven, how do you imagine it?
In Revelation 21:4, we get a glimpse of what it will be like. I find this verse so encouraging:
We will enjoy fellowship with God, and everything will be made new. New Jerusalem will be our new and beautiful home.
The river of life will come forth from God’s throne. The healing tree of life with twelve kinds of fruit will grow there, too. There will be no night, no darkness, because the eternal light of the Lamb will fill the new heaven and earth and shine upon all the heirs of God.
David, who loved God with all his heart wrote:
Write these words on your heart. Memorize them. Remember them when life is rocky.
Remember to “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Ephesians has many verses which describe our inheritance in Christ. You may wish to check out my course Ephesians: Kneel before the Throne: Exploring Ephesians with Verse Mapping and Bible Study
You may also enjoy this sermon by Pastor Charles on our inheritance in Christ:
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Do you have any special Bible verses relating to our inheritance in Christ? Share them below – or your thoughts. I love to hear from you.
Because He Lives,