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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 2, 2012 - The Christian’s Inheritance

By Ron Johnson

In Romans 8:17 we are told that as Christians we are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (ESV).

As the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ is the heir of God. Through our acceptance of Christ as Savior and what He has done for us, we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and adopted into the family of God. As born-again children of God, we become co-heirs with Jesus Christ and will inherit and share with Him in His eternal glory.

Our hope of this eternal inheritance pulls us onward and upward toward our heavenly home.

The apostle Peter writes concerning our Christian inheritance, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5, KJV).

In this passage, the apostle describes the Christian’s inheritance as being: 1) incorruptible; 2) undefiled; 3) unfading; and 4) reserved.

First, our inheritance is described as being incorruptible. It is an inheritance that is beyond decay; it will never suffer ruin. It will never tarnish or disintegrate with the passage of time. The Christian’s inheritance is eternal because God is eternal.

Second, it is an inheritance that is undefiled. It is absolutely pure. How could it be anything else? God is pure and holy above all. Therefore, an inheritance from Him must of necessity itself be pure. As heirs of God, we are made pure by the blood of Christ so that we may receive this undefiled inheritance.

Third, our inheritance is described as being unfading. It is permanent. It will not fade away and disappear. As immortal, incorruptible children of God, we will never grow old but will remain in the eternal prime of life. Concerning our privileges of ruling and reigning with Christ, we will not tire or lose interest in our eternal inheritance. It is an enduring inheritance that will never lose its glory, splendor or excitement.

Finally, we are told our Christian inheritance is reserved in heaven. It is set aside and specially, individually marked for us. Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:1-3, ESV). This is a personal inheritance between each individual Christian and their Lord. The heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, is a prepared place for prepared people. Jesus is preparing a place designed especially for us, and He is preparing us to fulfill His purposes in that place.

In addition, the apostle Peter states the Christian’s inheritance is reserved or guaranteed because we are being “kept by the power of God through faith.”

Our heavenly hope is assured because of the faithfulness of God. It’s no wonder that when we stand before our Lord we will fall before Him and cast our crowns at His feet (Revelation 4:10). We will joyfully acknowledge it is solely because of our Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us that we are inheriting eternal glory with Him.

Through Christ the Christian is promised a glorious inheritance far beyond anything we can imagine. The Christian’s inheritance in Christ is: 1) incorruptible; 2) undefiled; 3) unfading; and 4) reserved.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Offices and Resource Center.

 

 

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