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A King's Ransom: Our Beautiful Inheritance

King’s Ransom: Our Beautiful Inheritance

“…indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance” Psalm 16:6b.

Two ideas for this blog have been swirling in my brain for a couple of weeks now: God’s love for us even before we loved Him and our adoption into His family through our acceptance of Christ. The two obviously go together, and the idea for writing about God’s love and our adoption by Him was sparked by stumbling across David’s simple sentence above.

David was, obviously, remarkable. He had several titles over the course of his life, including shepherd, soldier, hero, and king, but he never lost sight of who he was in relation to God. He was God’s servant. He was God’s child. It’s evident from his writings that he considered that identity to be the most important one in his life, and he recognized that everything he ever accomplished and all the blessings he enjoyed came from God.

He wrote in Psalm 27:4, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.”

We get so bogged down in our earthly existence, so consumed with everyday life, that we forget, or possibly never even consider, our eternal identity. We so encapsulate ourselves into our own lives, creating such a bubble of solitary existence, that we forget about our spiritual family. We feel alone when we’re not.

How often do you discuss your hope in God with others? I’m not talking about evangelism. I am referring to simply conversing with Christian friends about our shared faith. We frequently ask other believers to pray for us, but how often do we ask them to praise with us?

I often write about exhibiting behavior different from the rest of world, but in this respect, we tend to act like everyone else, thinking ourselves to be walking through the world on our own, when in truth not only does the Creator of the universe walk with us, but so do His other children. We have the glories of heaven and the restored earth awaiting us and yet we internalize it as though it was ours alone.

This is the inheritance of every child of God. Through our adoption into the family of God, we are in the same family as David, and one day we will find ourselves in the kingdom along with every believer who has ever lived and will ever live, going back to the very beginning of time and forward into the future, until Jesus’ return.

Revelation 7:9 tells us that the family of God is a “great multitude which no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages.”

God’s kingdom is difficult to imagine, but I think if we could talk about it with our brothers and sisters in Christ, acknowledging it verbally, would help make it a reality for us, rather than some ephemeral dream that we hope will one day come true.

Paul wrote, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” 1 Corinthians 13:14. In other words, for now, we have only glimpses through scripture, the vaguest idea of the glory to be found on the other side of heaven.

What’s even more remarkable than the fact that we get to someday be residents of heaven, is that we are actually co-heirs with Christ! The Jesus who created us, who is so much more majestic, awesome, and wonderful than any of us could ever be, calls us His siblings (Mark 3:35) and will share in His inheritance with us. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

So, we accept Jesus as our Savior by understanding His sacrifice of Himself for our redemption and believing it to be true. We walk in His commandments and statutes, regardless of how it goes against the world, and then we get to reside eternally in the kingdom of God. And to help us live a life of faith, we get a deposit on our inheritance, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Himself. 1 John 4:13, “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us his Spirit.” (See also Romans 8:26-29 and Ephesians 1:13,14)

I’m just going to quote Ephesians 1:13, 14 for you because it’s beautiful, and I love it, “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.” (The entire book of Ephesians is wonderful. It perfectly outlines our redemption and our adoption into the family of God. It is one of the most encouraging books in the Bible. I highly recommend studying it.)

So, the big question is why? Why would God do this for such small, insignificant, and, let’s face it, unlovable creatures? 1 John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Love. He did it because He loves us, even when we don’t love Him, even when we don’t love others. He extended His love and salvation to us, and paid a king’s ransom in the process, to demonstrate His love, knowing that at least some of us would love Him back.

God did not extend His love to us because He needs our love in return, and He did not do it because we deserve His love. He did it because He is love (1 John 4:8). 1 John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” But 1 John tells us one more thing about love. Once we know the love of God, we are to extend that love to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

1 John 4:11, 21 tells us, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

Our membership in the family of God should be consistently at the forefront of our minds, directing our thoughts, defining our actions, dictating our behavior. JI Packer in his book, Knowing God, wrote a mantra that he suggested every Christian recite throughout each day, “I am a child of God. God is my Father; heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer. My Saviour is my brother; every Christian is my brother too.” [1]

Accepting Christ and becoming a child of God does not eliminate problems from your life, but the everlasting hope we gain and the realization that our human existence is a mere moment in eternity makes the hard times easier to handle. There’s a peace that supersedes the trials, and we share that hope and peace with a multitude of others.

You are loved, dear friend, by God, by Jesus, and by a big, beautiful, diverse family of believers who were purchased, just as you were, by the blood of a King.

Father God, we thank you for our brothers and sisters all over the world, those who came before us and those who will come after us. We ask You to protect them and carry them through any trial or hardship that they may be facing. Help us to embrace and love them as You have embraced and loved us. And we ask that you would please bring each of us a few special ones to go through life with. In Jesus Christ’s name – Amen.

[1] Pg. 259, Knowing God by JI Packer, originally published 1973, reprinted 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton

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