RECEIVING YOUR INHERITANCE
By Dan Luehrs
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve" (Colossians 3:23-24).
There is nothing more exciting than to think and talk about our spiritual inheritance in Jesus. When many Christians think about it, they think about streets of gold and their mansion on the streets of glory. But, if this is all we think that it is, we have sold ourselves very short. It so much more than our minds can now comprehend!
"And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was" (John 17:5).
Notice what Jesus asked for in one of His
last prayers on earth. Was it to walk the streets of gold or to have His
mansion ready by the time He got there? No. (It was to receive the glory that
He had in the beginning with the Father.) Jesus did not ask for material
things, as do most believers, He asked for something greater… The glory! (The
glory is the sum and substance of what God is.) Many times we experience His
presence and call it His glory because it is so wonderful. But, that is only a
foretaste of glory divine! To receive His fullness of glory is to be swallowed
up into the life, power, and fire of God Himself as Jesus was. "Who being the brightness of his glory, and
the express image of his person…" (Hebrews 1:3
HE IS COMING WITH OUR INHERITANCE
"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done" (Revelation 22:12).
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come
after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
Jesus said that He is coming
in glory to repay every person. But with what will He repay them? Money, fame,
or mansions? I think not. These are all worldly possessions that worldly people
seek after. But those of His Spirit know that there is something greater to
inherit. I tell you openly that He is coming to repay all the faithful
according to their deeds with the fullness of His glory, (His nature). Listen
to the words of Paul, "And if
children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings
of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans
8:17-18). Very clearly Paul says that we will receive His glory as our
inheritance when He comes. There is no greater reward in all of God's creation
then His glory. Our reward is to have the fullness of Him! "… Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great
reward" (Genesis 15:1
coming in great glory to reward us with
His glory, which is His nature, a
consuming fire! "And to the eyes of the sons of
If we hold on to this worldly saying, "I did it my way," we will surely lose everything that we have worked for in life. But on the other hand, if we give our life to follow Christ, we will gain our life and much more! "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:3-4). Jesus is now hidden from the world's eyes. Where is He hidden? Inside of you and me! Jesus is already on the earth; He is hiding in us and we are hidden in Him. But one day, He is going to show Himself openly to the whole world through His people. Notice how we will be revealed, in GLORY! Hallelujah!!
What will profit us through
eternity? Being obedient to Him in all things. "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His
Father with His angels; and will then
recompense (repay) every man according to his deeds" (Matthew 16:27).
Jesus is coming to repay all those who have been obedient to Him. There is no
better repayment plan in the whole universe!
It is no wonder why He said in
MAKING ETERNAL PROFITS
"For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison" (2 Corinthians 4:17).
In New Testament times gold
or silver would be measured out by weight. Paul writes that we will receive an eternal weight or payment of glory for
the sufferings that we have gone through for Jesus. Again read the words of a
man that suffered much for the Lord, "For
I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18). One day I
asked the Lord about the people that were in heaven, "What do they regret
the most about their past lives on earth and what would have done
differently?" He said, "They wished that they had suffered more for
My will in their life." It is only
through suffering that we will inherit the
"Through many tribulations we must enter the
"All this suffering is
evidence that God's judgment is right, and as
a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are
suffering" (2 Thessalonians 1:5 NIV). Paul is saying our suffering is
necessary, for it is God's decision in doing what is right, so that we might be
truly a tested people worthy of the
No wonder why Peter could
say we are to rejoice in our sufferings. "But
to the degree that you share the
sufferings of Christ, keep on
rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice
with exultation" (1 Peter 4:13). Trials are entrusted to us. It is
only through them will we inherit the promise of the Kingdom. Do you still want
to run from your trials when they are producing in you such a weight of glory?
The more I see these truths, the more I understand that we are entrusted with
sufferings as we obey Him, and it is something that we should not run from. If
God knows that great suffering will drive us from Him, He will protect us from
it. He also knows when we are ready for
greater sufferings, as they will only make us stronger in Him and more
Christ-like. Most Christians know
COMING OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION
“… And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14
It is clearly written that if we want to partake of the glory… we must partake of the suffering of Christ. “These are they that have come out of great tribulation.”
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also
will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12
Now read carefully Revelation 7:15, "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them.”
“FOR THIS REASON THEY ARE BEFORE THE THRONE.” For what reason? They have suffered with Christ in His sufferings and were found faithful. Now, He has placed His glory over them. They do not have to go in and out of His presence, but can abide in His presence continually. This is their reward for dying to self in this earthly life. “And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them" (Revelation 14:13). Blessed are we when we die to the self-life because we have now entered His rest, with no more striving in the flesh. Now our deeds will follow us because Jesus has rewarded us with His glory for our deeds done in the body. "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds" (Matthew 16:27).
TO GAIN HIS GLORY
"And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 2:14).
"According as his divine power hath
given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath called us
to glory and virtue (power)"
(2 Peter 1:3
"So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory"
(1 Thessalonians 2:12).
The greatest payment anyone can receive from Jesus is to have received a full revelation of His glory. Paul said, "So that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:7-8). What are you seeking after in the world that could possibly compare to the experience of receiving a full revelation of Jesus in you? "When He comes to be glorified "in" His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed for our testimony to you was believed" (2 Thessalonians 1:10). Oh, my friend, seek Him! Seek Him, that you may not be ashamed in the day of His revealing!
"Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus" (Titus 2:13).
"And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory" (Romans 9:23).
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints" (Ephesians 1:18).
"To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).
"Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed" (1 Peter 5:1).
"For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings" (Hebrews 2:10).
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself" (Philippians 3:20-21).
"Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (the glory)" (Colossians 1:12).
Over and over the Scriptures promise us His glory if we will just have faith and patience. "That you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Hebrews 6:12).
"… It is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. (Hebrews 6:18 AMP).
His promise and hope to us is the fullness of His Spirit. We now have only received the down payment of His Spirit. But, be assured that if He has placed His down payment in us, He will give us His fullness of glory soon!
"In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and have adhered to and have relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit. That Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance - the first fruit, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage - in anticipation of its full redemption and acquiring [complete] possession of it, to the praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1:13-14 AMP).
What is set before us is the greatest prize and reward of the ages. To receive it will be the greatest privilege there will ever be. We must set our goals much higher if we are to receive the prize of the high calling of God. "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).
"Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12).
"But I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified" (1 Corinthians 9:27).
May God bless you with His strength and wisdom as you obey and press on toward the upward calling of God, into His glory!