Thursday, April 11, 2013

Our Inheritance -Lesson 2

How do we enter in to our inheritance?

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:27-29

We are sons and daughters of God through ____________ in Jesus Christ.

Because we believe in Jesus, and follow Him, we are sons and daughters (heirs) of God. Romans 8:17 states we are "joint heirs" with Christ and Galatians 3: 27 tells us it is through "faith in Jesus Christ" that we are children of God.

As Christians, there is no separation according to race, nationality, economic status or position. We are all one in Christ Jesus according to Gal 3:28. We are Abraham’s seed, or heirs according to the promise.

Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5

Unless we are baptized in _______ and in __________, we cannot enter into our inheritance.

Baptism itself does not cement our relationship with Jesus but it is an outward demonstration that we have accepted Jesus as savior, and therefore we are heirs.

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:4-7

Our position as sons and daughters was secured by God's action in sending his Son. We could do nothing to attain to the position of sons and daughters; we can only receive the gift of adoption by faith. We also could do nothing to produce an experience as sons and daughters; the action of God in sending the Spirit of his Son into our hearts enables us to enjoy our new relationship with God our Father. The gift of adoption is ours when we receive it
through Christ.

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Ephesians 1:18-19

Jesus taught that when we focus our heart on things of eternal value, we lay ‘treasure in heaven.’ Our heart is a conduit, a channel or pathway through which the eternally valuable things we do here on earth are deposited into our ‘inheritance account’ in heaven.

God’s already done His part to guarantee that the inheritance will be there for us. We’ve got to do our part and then add to our inheritance each and every day.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has given you a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, securing an inheritance for you that can never perish, spoil or fade. Where your heart is, there the treasure of this inheritance will be, kept in heaven for you. Matthew 6:19-21

Read Ephesians 1:18-19 and in your own words, write the main thought of these verses?

What is Paul praying for in verse 18?

What does this mean to you personally?

What is Paul saying to us in verse 19?

In verse 18, Paul wants us to have hope and to know the hope of God’s calling of us. He wants us to know the "riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." In other words, he wants us to see and receive the blessings of our inheritance. In verse 19, he wants us to know and understand God’s power in our lives.

Our inheritance is both future and present. Ephesians 1:13-14 tell us:

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Who is the guarantee of our inheritance?

We have this inheritance only in relationship with Christ. In our next lesson, we will explore some practical aspects of our relationship with Him that directly influences our experience of this inheritance now.

Read Hebrews 11:8, Hebrews 6:12 and Matthew 25:31- 40 in preparation for lesson 3.






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