Inheritance

Joshua 14:3: For Moses had given an inheritance to the two and one-half tribes beyond the Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them. (ESV)

man-489744_640The psalmist said: the Lord will choose our inheritance for us, the majesty of Jacob whom he loves (Psalm 47:4). Paul wrote that he committed the people to the God and the word of his grace which is able to save them and give them an inheritance among those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32).

The issue of inheritance cuts across the bible, from the Old Testament to the new, from physical to spiritual, from tangible to intangible, from permanent to temporary.

God made man and the whole earth was his, was his inheritance (Genesis 1:26-28). He was meant to have dominion over everything, starting from the Garden of Eden, as the prototype of what the whole world should be like, when populated by him.

Already he had been commanded to replenish the earth, to be fruitful and multiply. So in essence the inheritance of Adam which was the whole earth was meant for much more people than him, but the earth fell into the hand of the devil (Genesis 3), he became the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4), and holds it as his portion. But the rightly owner is Jesus, who was made the last Adam for the restoration of all things, lost in the first Adam, to humanity.

The devil took the earth from Adam and Eve through trickery, and God got it back through “trickery.” The bible says that if the devil had known, he would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1Corinthians 2:6-8). Similarly, if Eve had known the repercussion, she would not have eaten the forbidden fruit. She was deceived to think that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was also like other trees in the garden which adds some spiritual/metaphysical qualifies to you when you eat them. But she got death as God had said.

The devil was also deceived that if he swallowed Jesus up in death, that will be the end of him, the way it has been the end of other humans from time immemorial.

But it was not to be. When Jesus went into the grave, it became his inheritance, as he released his life there freeing souls in hades. He came out and declared that: I have the key of heal and death (Revelation 1:18). A key is a sign of coming into inheritance. Jesus said he has given us the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:19). That means it is our inheritance, our rightful place and possession, to rule with Christ.

An inheritance is a sphere of authority, dominion, a place of rulership. But you do not assume inheritance, it is given to you.

God told Jesus: ask of me and will give you the ends of the earth for your possession (Psalm 2). And when he died and rose up from the dead, he was made the Lord of the living and the dead. He came up and declared that all power in heaven and on earth has been given to him (Matthew 28:18-20). That means his inheritance straddles the ends of the earth and the end of heaven.

He told the 12 apostles that they will sit on thrones, and judged the twelve tribes of Israel, showing them their important inheritance/reward for leaving all and following him (Matthew 19:27-28).

Inheritance includes where you should be, what you have rights over. If people are not given their inheritance, and they decided on whatever they wanted, you will have over population somewhere and under-population in other places. There will be a disfigurement. No balance.

Paul said if all the parts of the body were to be “eyes,” then how would the body ear (1Corinthians 12:12-22). That is why you do not get to choose your role in the body of Christ, you do not have enough overview of the whole body of Christ and the eternal plans and purposes of God to determine where you should be or not, what unique role you should perform. The Lord chooses our inheritance for us. The great journey is to discover what is appointed for you.

Moses was not given a choice of becoming a deliverer for Israel or not (Exodus 3). He had to. He was handpicked and appointed to the position. But people who were not so appointed were envious of him, and they lost their lives in the process, because God does not take kindly to it (Numbers 16).

Envy comes when you do not view yourself soberly according to the measure of your faith, your inheritance (Romans 12:3). Identifying your place under God will cure you of envy and eventually you will realise that it is not how glamorous what you do is but how faithful you are. The reward is for faithful servanthood (Matthew 25:14-31). And if you are faithful in little you will be put over many (Luke 19:17).

The abilities you have are part of your inheritance. In that case they are like talents for you to invest, put to work, for profit.

You have the Holy Spirit as your inheritance, which is why Christians should be asked, did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed (Acts 19:1-7)?

Those who say there is no second experience of the Holy Spirit, chose to ignore the story of Paul asking that question from twelve disciples who had experience the baptism of John.

Paul re-baptised them in the name of Jesus, showing that if does not matter what kind of baptism you went through before you become born again, you still needed to be immersed in water in the name of Jesus, so signify your coming into Christ, otherwise you are lost because there is no name given under heaven by which we might be saved except the name of Jesus. And you cannot be saved by force, you have to willingly choose Jesus as your gift of salvation, an inheritance provided by God.

Back to the story of Paul and those twelve. He asked them if they received the Holy Spirit when they believed because the Holy Spirit is the inheritance of the believer. And the experience of the Holy Spirit is subsequent to believing in Jesus, hence the question: did you receive (an experience) the Holy Spirit when you believe (it was expected to follow salvation experience)?

John said that he baptised with water but Jesus would baptise the people with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). Jesus came with the experience of the heaven, the experience of power. You do not need to beg God for the Holy Spirit since he is your inheritance. Jesus calls him the promise of the father (Acts 1: 4, 8).

Jesus said that we who are evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:11-13)? He is yours for the asking. It is as simple as that.

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