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 KJV). "… Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor…" (Hebrews 2:9). "And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory" (1 Peter 5:4). What an inheritance we have awaiting us!

 

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 Me. "For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. "For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? "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 16:24-27).

 

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 KJV).

 

     Jesus is 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 Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top" (Exodus 24:17). "I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD…" (Ezekiel 1:27-28). What was the appearance of His glory? Fire! "And of the angels He says, "Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire (or ministers of glory fire, God's nature)" (Hebrews 1:7).

 

     In Matthew 16:24, we have the blueprint in receiving His glory: we must deny living for self, pick up our cross, and follow Him wherever He goes. This is not an easy calling, but it will be well worth it in the days of His glory. Carrying our cross is no easy matter; it is the way of death to the self-nature, our self-centeredness and idolatry. To carry our cross is one thing, but to die upon it, is another. Crucifixion is a slow death. This is why we must pick up our cross daily, to die daily upon it. Daily! How are we to do this? By obeying His leading and not our own selfish ways. The Holy Spirit will always lead us to the cross, which is death to self. Read the words of Paul carefully. "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me" (Galatians 2:20). How did Paul live his life? By faith in the Son of God! The life of faith will always be a cross that brings death to self because we must continually trust Him for all things. The Holy Spirit will always lead you to the cross. We are not just to get saved by faith; we are to live by faith! The life of faith is a cross that God gives you to carry. You can either reject it or accept it. He will not make you carry it! God may tell you to relocate somewhere you will not like to be, or He may tell you to get a certain job or even to go without a job. Your flesh will have a fit! This is your cross to carry to the destruction of your flesh. It took me years to understand that when God was telling me to do something that I did not like, it was only for my good. It was a door that He wanted me to go through. The doorway was very dark and uninviting at first until I could see that God had a greater blessing in store then I could imagine. Being obedient to God when we don't feel like it will always bring death to self. When self is dead, then and only then can we handle the greater blessings of God. For it is only through suffering that we shall inherit the glory of Jesus Christ. "… Jesus, (because of) the suffering of death crowned with glory" (Hebrews 2:9). "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory" (Luke 24:26)? If Jesus needed to suffer to enter His glory, how much more us?

 

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!!

 

In Matthew 16:26 Jesus said, "For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" In other words, we can gain nothing in this life that will last through eternity. That which is done through our own will and way will crumble. The average person on earth is working to gain profit. For what? Only to lose it at death! Jesus said it will not last; they are building out of sand. "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15 KJV).

 

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 John 6:27, "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, even God, has set His seal." Why would Moses give up all the treasures of Egypt? "Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward" (Hebrews 11:26 KJV). The word "respect" means that he looked away from anything else that would try to mislead him and steal the reward from him. And this is what we must do to receive His reward as well!

 

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 kingdom of God and the glory that goes along with it.

 

"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22).

 

      "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 kingdom of God. We are tested even as Israel was tested by God to see whether we will follow Him fully through our testing and not backslide into our old ways. "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it" (Luke 16:16 KJV). "Presseth" means; to force, to crowd oneself into, to press, suffer violence.

 

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 Romans 8:28 well, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." What good thing is God trying to work in us? Verse 29 explains this, "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). The word "predestined" means that God foreknew what it would take, (trials and pressures) for us to be conformed into the image of His Son. This is our high and holy calling. Many of the things that we suffer in life can't be blamed on the devil or even result from the bad choices we have made. But it is God, in His love and wisdom, who is setting us up, so that we must overcome the problem! This is in order for us to become an overcomer and receive the prize of an overcomer, which is to sit with Jesus on His throne. If we have nothing to overcome, how can we become an overcomer? Who are the sons of God? He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son" (Revelation 21:7).

 

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 KJV).

 

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 KJV).

 

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 KJV).

 

"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!

 

 

 

Dan Luehrs

PO Box 341

Intercession City, FL 33848

www.churchinhispresence.org