OUR GREAT INHERITANCE
By Dan Luehrs
"But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house (body) we are, "if" we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope (of sonship) firm until the end" (Hebrews 3:6 NASB).
As Christians, we look forward to receiving our great inheritance with Jesus, which is for us to take part in the multimember body of Christ. That is, we will become joint-heirs, or joined-as-one, with Jesus in His great inheritance that the Father has given Him in possessing all power and authority in heaven and earth. As a natural father would give his matured son a large inheritance, so God has planned to share the eternal inheritance that Jesus has with all His called, chosen, and faithful matured sons. God has given us His great and magnificent promises so that we might become partakers of His divine nature, character, and attributes. "For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust" (2 Peter 1:4 NASB). As we believe and take hold of God's magnificent promises, we will be changed by the power of His word. The word of God sown in our heart has the power to give us the strength and hope for tomorrow. His word will also guide us in this time of spiritual darkness that we live in like a great light from within, by giving us a glimpse of our future with Jesus. The word of hope in us will also be as a fortress of truth that will, like a helmet, protect our mind in these times of testing and tribulation. The word of hope in us is truth from God on what is to come. Because we have seen and known the truth, we will not want to lose out on what God has shown and promised us. So we must fight on in the good fight of faith!
"For we have become partakers of Christ (the body of Christ), "if" we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end" (Hebrews 3:14 NASB). Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:12 that the "Christ" is the multimember body of believers. "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ."
The book of Hebrews tells us plainly that we are called to partake or "take-part-in" the body of Christ "If" we hold fast to our faith until the end. "…Whose house (body) we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end" (Hebrews 3:6). We have been given much understanding in these great promises of our inheritance in Christ's body, like the one in 2 Corinthians 5:1-2. "For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling (body) from heaven." But this will only come about "If" we continue in the faith and follow Jesus until the end! We must forsake all that so easily entangles us in the works of the flesh and the spirit of the age. God has given us way too much understanding in the truths of His word and of our future as the sons of God in His kingdom for us to give up now! We are to "endure" to the end; the end of our carnal man that is!
As sons of God, we will receive an inheritance from the Father; as servants of God we will receive a reward. An inheritance is that which a son receives by virtue of his relationship to the Father. It is not a gift; it is not earned; it is his by right. "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" (Galatians 4:7 KJV). But what will the sons be heirs of? The kingdom! A son will receive the kingdom of God, which is for us to be sharers in the body of Christ. A son receives all things, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Revelation 21:7 KJV). All things are in Jesus, He is the King-dom that we are to seek first. God's "King"-dom reign and rule is now in our heart so that we might obey Him and receive our promised inheritance.
A servant will receive a reward, which is different from and much less than an inheritance. A reward is given to God's servants as something that is given for service done. It is not a free gift, as is salvation. Nor is it bestowed because of a right, as an inheritance. It is earned by works! "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works" (Matthew 16:27 KJV). Men receive salvation from God as a gift; sons receive from the Father an inheritance; servants receive in consideration of their work, a reward. Inheritance is given on the basis of relationship, while rewards are given because of work done. All believers are saved by grace, but rewarded for works. There is great glory and heavenly wealth awaiting those who become profitable servants, fully equipped to serve. As sons we shall truly receive our inheritance, but as servants we shall in no wise lose our reward.
Can a son be a servant? Jesus, the Pattern Son, declared, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28 NASB). Jesus was a Son to His Father, but He also came as a servant unto men. It is the son that serves! Jesus was and is a Servant-Son. In Matthew 3:17 the Father proclaimed Jesus to be a Son, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," and is the same Father that also declared Him as being a servant. "Behold My servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom My soul delights; I have put My Spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:1 KJV). This shows us that, unmistakably this "servant" of the Lord, is Jesus. This is the Son that came into the world to serve, as we must also!
OUR ETERNAL INHERITANCE
"For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant" (Hebrews 9:15 NIV).
Our calling is to possess God's eternal inheritance. This goes far beyond just going to heaven for our reward. That is a free gift to all who repent and receive Jesus as Lord. But God has promised us much more than our minds can comprehend at this time. This eternal inheritance is the fullness of Him that will never fade away. When we first see the inheritance of God with our spiritual understanding, we get excited and have great energy to seek the promises of God. But after awhile, our natural man wants to cancel out all that we have seen with the eyes of our spirit as unreal and unattainable. As time goes by, we can become discouraged in our waiting and seeking for it to come to pass in our lifetime, because the natural things that we see with our physical eyes seem to be more attainable than spiritual things. Even though we will be tempted to give up on the promises that God has given us, but this is also a part of our training for reigning, Hebrews 6:12 tells us, "That you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Because it is through faith and patience that we will inherit the promises of God, we must not quit until we have received the prize of our high calling. Remember, He is faithful!
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23 NASB).
"By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised" (Hebrews 11:11 NASB).
"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:36 KJV).
Our faith and hope must enter within the veil of the Holy of Holies to be one with Jesus, because, "Faith is the assurance (freedom from doubt) of things hoped for (expected)…" (Hebrews 11:1 NASB). Let me make it very clear, we will not enter into the realm of the fullness of God unless we have faith and hope for this to take place in our life! "This hope we have as an anchor (foundation) of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 6:19-20 NASB). Our hope of entering in with Him into the Holy of Holies must be our anchor and firm foundation of our Christian lives that is rooted and grounded in the promises of God. There is no greater calling or hope in all of life than this high and holy calling. We have not yet entered into this spiritual experience. While we have entered the Outer Court through our salvation experience and experienced the Holy Place through our baptism in the Holy Spirit, we are still waiting for Jesus to reveal Himself in the fullness of His Spirit in us. That we might be one with Him and enter into this great experience of the Holy of Holies, in total union with Him as a part of His glorious eternal bride and body to bless all nations.
Jesus has gone before us into the experience of the Holy of Holies. This is the glory and fullness of God. He has gone in as the Forerunner, meaning, He has gone before us as a guide to show us the way into His glory. In the Father's perfect timing, Jesus will lead us in as we follow Him. The Father has made this promise to us as His children, as an oath or pledge so that He must keep His eternal promise unto us. "Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath (a promise yet to be fulfilled). God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope (the promise of sonship) offered to us may be greatly encouraged" (Hebrews 6:17-18 NIV). God has an eternal purpose and promise to fulfill; to make us sons of God, a kingdom of priests after the order of Melchizedek. "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory…" (Hebrews 2:10 NASB). The promise of sonship is that the Father will make us into the image and nature of His Son Jesus. "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren" (Romans 8:29 NASB). It is impossible for God to lie. He has already promised by an oath to bring forth sons in the likeness of Jesus; that is, all who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. This should give us strong hope as we press onward and upward to our heavenly calling. "Faithful is He who calls you (to sonship), and He also will bring it to pass" (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NASB).
Paul Mueller wrote the following concerning this holy priesthood:
"God said to Moses, "Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" (Exodus 19:3-6 KJV).
The plan and purpose of God, to have a holy and anointed people to be to Him a kingdom of priests and a holy nation was set forth to Moses and the nation of Israel. And that divine purpose is now being fulfilled. The Lord is now raising up "a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" to represent Him and His kingdom purposes in the earth. This wonderful purpose has not changed from the time of Moses to this day. The same divine purpose is repeated several times throughout the scriptures. Isaiah prophesied of a time to come when the Lord would take a people out of Israel: "for priests and for Levites" to administer His affairs in "the new heavens and the new earth" which He declared He would make. (See Isa. 66: 21-22, 61:6 & 2 Pet. 3:10-13). God's purpose to have a kingdom of priests is woven throughout the scriptures as a divine thread of blue, signifying the heavenly reign of holy, anointed, Christ-like kings and priests. (See Ex. 28:3 1, 39:22, Esther 8:15-19). We are that "kingdom of priests." Our Father has born us as on eagle's wings, and brought us unto Himself. We are gathered by the Lord unto Him, not to man. And now, this holy calling unto kingdom priesthood is being fulfilled in the remnant that we are.
Peter also said to the "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father... Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Peter. 1:2, 2:5). This passage indicates that our high calling as a kingdom of priests is a complete and finished work. All we need to do to enter into that realm of kingdom priesthood is to ascend in the Spirit and take our seat in Christ. But we cannot ascend in the Spirit to His throne on our own. Only when Father invites us to "come up hither" can we do so. The book of Revelation also shows that this is already fulfilled in Christ. John has thus declared, "And hath made us kings and priests unto our God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." -- "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." -- "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (Rev. 1:6, 5:10, 20:6). Therefore, the original word, given to Moses when he ascended Mount Sinai in Israel's history, is being fulfilled in us in this great day of the dominion of Christ in the earth." - (End of Quote).
We are told in Hebrews 7:28 that God has made an oath (a promise yet to be fulfilled) to us, to bring forth a high priesthood of sons into the earth. "For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect (completely mature) forever." The word of oath appoints a son completely matured like Jesus to the order of high priest so that they may minister directly unto God. (See Ez. 44:15-16). This "Son" is the multimember body of Jesus that will not be bound by a term or be limited by time to serve as a high priest because they will have been given an indestructible life as Melchizedek and Jesus was. "And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life" (Hebrews 7:16 NASB).
What we are now seeing is just a glimpse of our great inheritance that He has promised unto us "If" we are faithful to serve Him unto the end. "And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised" (Hebrews 6:15 NIV). It is as if God has hidden these marvelous truths from much of the church today because they are unwilling to know and seek Him in His fullness. But if we will seek Him with all our whole heart, and not doubt Him, He will reveal Himself to us through the truths of His word and Spirit. There are many verses in the Bible that speak of our inheritance. I will leave you with a few of these verses from Psalms 37, which we cannot know their full meaning until God chooses to reveal them to us by His Spirit.
"But the humble will inherit the land, and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity" (Psalms 37:11 NASB).
"The LORD knows the days of the blameless; and their inheritance will be forever" (Psalms 37:18 NASB).
"The righteous will inherit the land, and dwell in it forever" (Psalms 37:29 NASB).
"Wait for the LORD, and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it" (Psalms 37:34 NASB).
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