Our inheritance is, heaven. It is the sum total of all God has promised us in salvation.
The entirety of our inheritance will be given to us at the moment we die here on earth and go to be with God in eternity. Meanwhile as we walk out life here on earth, we are in possession of a down payment if you will, of the fullness that will be ours in completion when the time comes.
We also have God’s unbreakable promise that we will receive our full inheritance. This inheritance and as the meaning of it as our understanding, knowledge, heart, mind comes to know it more and more, deeper and deeper, is an energizer, as the entire purpose for our existence here on earth takes on a new meaning and purpose.
So, we left off on the last page with being born again. We were born once, physically. This second birth is a spiritual one. What exactly happens in that spiritual birth, in being born again?
At that time God gives you a brand new Godly heart through His Holy Spirit, as it tells us in the following verse: Ezekiel 36:26-27. “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you and bring it about that you will walk in My statutes and you will keep My ordinances and do [them]”
What follows is
- Our destination when we die here on earth, is now to everlasting life with God. Heaven (Colossians 1:10-14).
- The flesh (our sin nature) is crucified through the cross of Christ (Galatians 5:24).
- We are dead in the sense that the old unbelieving self (soul) has died (Romans 7:1-6, Romans 8:2,4).
- Our old stony heart has been removed and has been replaced with a new heart of flesh (soft, pliable) with God’s laws written on it (Deuteronomy 30:6, Jeremiah 24:7, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:3).
- We have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
- We are a new creation, a new soul (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- Our source of strength is “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is why the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10)!
- We have an incredibly beautiful new identity, for here and for eternity. Our inheritance! Please read these verses and allow them to sink deep into your heart. (Colossians 1:10-14; 1:21-23; 2:6-15, Romans 6:1-11, Ezekiel 36:22-30.)
Positionally we ARE all of this and we POSSESS, all of this, FOREVER. These scriptures are powerful motivators.
However, we still have to walk out this life here on earth (experientially) (Philippians 2:12-13). How? “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
Our soul has died with Christ and we have a new soul (a new mind/heart, new emotions, a freed will), our spirit has been resurrected from the dead, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us, so the “old man” is dead. Our body at the end of our time here will be changed, redeemed, glorified, but right now, is not. That is the only part of us not yet redeemed so sin still dwells there (Romans 8:9-17).
Now that we have a spirit that is alive in us to God and His Holy Spirit (rather than the spirit that was dead prior to becoming “born again” and no Holy Spirit to help us) we now have the ability to choose where we will focus, on ourselves, or on our position in Jesus (Joshua 24:15, Joshua 24:22, 1 Kings 18:21, 2 Kings 17:33-34, 2 Kings 17:41, Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13, Galatians 1:10).
Where we focus is how we will think, and ultimately behave. The mind of Christ, “the new man”, can now say no to sin. The voice telling us to sin originates from the flesh. It is an ongoing battle while living life here on this earth (Romans 6:11, Romans 6:14, Romans 7, Romans 8:14).
Our self-focused (or fleshly) efforts to live this life produce an abundance of the works of the flesh; sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these (Galatians 5:19-21).
Focusing on our position in Jesus and praying for equipping and increasing love for others (1 Thessalonians 3:12, Hebrews 13:21), we “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16), which results in the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). God knows the motive of the heart (Proverbs 16:2, 1 Samuel 2:3, 1 Samuel 16:7, Luke 16:15).
You are not what you think you are, but rather, what you think, you are (Proverbs 23:7, Matthew 13:22, Mark 4:19, Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 3:19, Ephesians 4:23-24, Philippians 2:5, Colossians 1:9, Colossians 3:10, 1 Peter 1:14, 1 Peter 1:18).
Strengthening the ability to focus on one’s position/identity in Jesus, to “grow up into salvation” flows from pure spiritual food, God’s Word (1 Peter 2:2-3, Romans 12:1-2) and prayer for His wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17-18, Colossians 1:9).
Our salvation allows our missteps, our sin, but it is not a license to do whatever we want (Romans 6). God absolutely will be working in the life of a born again person. So if someone feels they can do whatever they want now that they are “saved”, it might be a good time to have them check if they are truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5, Matthew 7:21, Luke 6:46, James 1:22)
But, as a reassurance, “If Saved, Always Saved.” We are eternally secure because we have been sealed at salvation. “So that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory” (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:12-14, John 6:37, John 10:27-29, Romans 11:29).
Please, please, please…if you have ANY genuine questions, comments, concerns, thoughts, that you would like to share or express, feel free to post in the comment section below. Thank you!
L’chaim – To Life!