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Spiritual Blessings for Victorious Living: An Irrevocable Inheritance



Spiritual Blessings for Victorious Living: An Irrevocable Inheritance

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

Ephesians 1:11-13a (NKJ)

Where’s the Money?

At the death of famous celebrities, there always seems to be some uproar with reference to inheritance.  Emotions overflow into the media as children and siblings fight over monies they feel are rightfully theirs.

Family members are often excluded—fairly or unfairly—while others are left  huge sums of monies for the rest of their life.  And if they don’t spend it up, then they too will leave an inheritance for those left behind.  This week we will discuss another spiritual blessing afforded us who are in Christ—an irrevocable inheritance.

What is the Inheritance?

Legal inheritance refers to actual property or goods received after a family member’s death. While Jewish inheritance customs were linked to family blood lines, Greek and Roman laws also provided for the disposition of family possessions through the adoption of an heir.

The Scriptures transform the concept of inheritance to include the acquisition of spiritual blessings and promises from God.  As part of the plan of salvation, God predestined those in Christ to adoption as sons (Eph. 1:5).

This inheritance was part of the plan of salvation designed at the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4).  It was all part of God’s predestined purpose.  A plan written without input from man but according to God’s “perfect will”.

Believer’s inheritance is the possession of salvation; more specifically, the experience of joyful existence with God.

Who are the heirs?

  • Christ.  Jesus Christ is heir in a very unique way because of His eternal relationship with the Father. God has placed all things under His only begotten Son’s feet and given Him all power to both judge and rule (Heb. 1:2b-3), including the future Millennial kingdom.
  •  The Jews.  The nation of Israel also has a special relationship with God as a result of His promises to Abraham. Through these Old Testament promises, the Jews “first trusted” (Ep. 1:12).  They were to be “living testimonies” to the goodness and faithfulness of God .  But like Abraham, they too would need to receive their inheritance by faith (Rom. 4:1-3).
  • Believers.  The Gentiles “also trusted” based on their belief after hearing “the word of truth—the gospel of salvation”.  As the word of faith is preached, access to God’s inheritance is found by mply in confession and belief (Rom. 10:8-13).   As both heirs and joint heirs with Christ, we receive the same things that Christ receives (Rom. 8:17).

An inheritance shared.

In Christ,  the collective “we” (Eph. 1:11),  stand justified at the foot of the Cross (Rom. 5:1-2) “having obtained” (note this is past tense) our inheritance of salvation.

Concurrently,  we “trust” in Christ and receive salvation that delivers us from the penalty and power of sin until the awaited “redemption of the purchased possession” in eternity.  Then believers will be delivered from the presence of sin (1 John 3:2; Rev. 21:4).

Thank God, our heavenly Father has given us an inexhaustible and “incorruptible inheritance reserved in heaven” (1 Pet. 1:4).  We do not have to argue over whether we are the “rightful heirs” of this inheritance.  It is a spiritual blessing given to us by the glorious grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Col. 3:24).   There is no need to wait until there is a death to receive it, for it is available now to those who believe.  It is an irrevocable inheritance to each of us who are in Christ.

Spiritual Blessings for Victorious Living: In Christ

Victorious living in Christ

Victorious living

What do we need to live victoriously?  Some may think it begins with identifying our “spiritual gifts” so they can serve in the church (Eph. 4:12).  Others search out the “benefits of Christian living” claiming the promises of God as their own (2 Cor. 1:20).

But I contend that the most important factor that leads to victorious living (for new and sage believers) is understanding our spiritual blessings in Christ.  Spiritual blessings in Christ are the means by which we gain access to, acceptance from, and authority of God.

It begins “in Christ”

When I began my Christian walk, the meaning of “in Christ” was a mystery to me.  I tried to understand it based on those things I was familiar with.  For example, I established membership in the local church, and I was in fellowship with its members to serve and glorify God in my life.  But “in Christ”, what did it mean?  Paul described it this way in Ephesians 1:3:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. 

“In Christ” is the present experience of the risen Christ indwelling the believer’s heart by the Spirit.  It is more than an imitation of the life and teaching of Jesus.  It describes our union with Christ as a result of the divine action of grace by God.  As a result of that action, we are transformed into a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).

A Closer Look

“In Christ” isn’t the result of keeping the Law or by good works.  It is a gift of God (Eph. 2:10).  How was this gift accomplished?

Jesus Christ, by taking part of weak flesh and blood, satisfied the righteous requirement of God, to destroy the devil, and to deliver us from the penalty of sin (Heb. 2:14-15).   In exchange, we have moved from being “dead in our trespasses” (Eph. 2:1) to our new position of being “in Christ.”   It is here that we are put in a vital union and communion with Him so that we identify with Him.

Look at Me Now!

“In Christ” we no longer identify with the world’s standards and views. We (in position) can now begin the process of being conformed (in practice) to the image of Christ—righteous and holy (Rom. 12:2).

God makes His superabundant blessings available to us as His children by faith in Christ so that what Christ has is ours.  This includes His righteousness, privilege, resources, position, and power.  We are able to draw upon the wealth of Christ to accomplish God’s purpose and His will.

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms.  It is the unique string of characteristics that make us who we are—physically and mentally.  In Christ, we have been given  new spiritual DNA that equips us for the purpose and plan God has created for our lives.

In Christ we have been given everything we need to live godly and productive lives (2 Pet. 1:3-4).  Join with us next week as we continue to explore, “Spiritual Blessings for Victorious Living.”