What are some practical aspects of our relationship with Christ that influence our experience with our inheritance?
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
Abraham went out by __________ to receive his inheritance.
Abraham’s desire to be obedient allowed him to step out "not knowing where he was going." The unknown cannot be fearful if we have faith and trust the Lord. We cannot operate in fear and faith at the same time.
Obedience is a key to claiming our inheritance.
That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12
Who should we imitate?
Hebrews 6:12 tells us to follow those that have gone before and exhibited great faith and patience. While we look to biblical heroes of faith, such as Moses and Abraham, we should also look for present day mentors. When we find someone who is living out faith and patience in their day to day life, we can learn much from them.
"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:31-40
Something to think about:
Are you serving your fellow man in a way that glorifies Christ?
To prepare for the next lesson, please read Hebrews 1:4, Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1Peter 2:24 and Philippians 4:19.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.1 Corinthians 1:18
1Corinthians 1:18 shows the present reality of our salvation.
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousnss by whose stripes you were healed. 1Peter 2:24
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Healing and provision are present realities of our inheritance.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!" This amazed them. But Jesus said again, "Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!" The disciples were astounded. "Then who in the world can be saved?" they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God." Then Peter began to speak up. "We’ve given up everything to follow you," he said. Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. Mark 10:23-30
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
"Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, 30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come." Luke 18:29-30
In response to our sacrifices, God multiplies our resources. We will have a rich reward, both now and in the future.
What are the blessings promised (our inheritance) for those who give up everything to follow Jesus?
When are we to receive these?
In preparation for the next lesson, please list all of God’s promises that you know/think are in the Bible. We will discuss them and their scripture references in our next lesson.
We can trust the promises of God (our inheritance) as they are written in scripture. His word stands forever, does not change and can be taken literally!
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8
Let’s look at some of the promises of God:
God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
• We have no reason to fret about provision. God has promised us that He will supply all our needs.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
• We have no reason to fear if we are following God. He has promised that we are redeemed. He has called us by name and we belong to Him. We are safe.
God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for He shall receive me. Psalm 49:15
• We are saved from death. He shall receive us upon our physical death to live with Him forever.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord....Isaiah 54:17
• There will be times on this earth that people will come against us. But we are not to worry or fear. God’s promise is that no weapon formed against shall prosper. We have no reason to fear our enemies.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8 • We are privileged to be able to look to God for our guidance. He is the ultimate counselor and has promised us that He will teach us and guide us.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
• We can trust God to provide refuge in times of trouble. He is our safety net.
I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.2 Corinthians 6:18
• God has promised us that He will always be our father. We are never alone, no matter how things appear, because we are His children.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children. Psalm 103:17
• God has promised us mercy. Mercy is not getting what we deserve as sinners, because God pours out His mercy on us.
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9
• God has promised us patience and instructed us to not grow weary when doing good. We will be rewarded for our patience.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
• Righteousness is a promise of God and part of our inheritance.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
• Salvation is the cornerstone of our inheritance and the ultimate reward for following Jesus.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6
• God has promised us that if we lean on Him and not on our own abilities, He will direct our path.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
• If we love God and follow Him, we can rest assured that He will work all things for good. When can take any situation that comes against us and use to His glory!