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And Assurance

Up-Dated - Friday, April 04, 2014

Table of Contents
* What is our inheritance?
* Inheritance is by Promise of God, not by Law
* God qualifies and appoints the inheritors

* Immaturity is not a Sign of Loss of Salvation
* The Inheritance Is Eternal
* Will our Inheritance always be Pure & Clean?
* The Guilty are not Inheritors
* How do We Receive our Inheritance?
* Inheritance is not Possible with Mankind
* Assured of an Ever-present Inheritance
* Our Inheritance is a Promise to Come

What is our inheritance?


Mat 25:34  "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:"

Riches of Glory

Eph 1:18  "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,"

Eternal Life

Mark 10:17  "And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

All Things

Rev 21:7  "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

The above verses are just those that mention a form of inheritance and a reward in the same verse.

There are many more verses which speak of our inheritance in many more different forms and ways too lengthily to include here.

The saved inheritors receive (inherit) the inheritance from their Father.


Inheritance is by promise of God, not by law

Gal 3:18  "For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise."

The heavenly inheritance is not by being good or keeping the law but by faith.

We cannot receive our Heavenly inheritance by being good (keeping the law) it is by faith (promise).

Thank the Lord our inheritance is not dependent upon our goodness, but we can take full assurance of salvation because it is by simple faith, not works. 

One-time faith gains an inheritance once-and-for-all.  Loss of faith would fall under not-keeping-the-law.  Therefore loss of faith is not a detriment to the inheritance as one might think but simply another sin that is already forgiven.


God Qualifies and Appoints the Inheritors

Col 1:12  "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:"

The saved are qualified (made meet or appropriate) for their inheritance, not by themselves, but by the Father.

We can have full assurance of our inheritance in salvation because God is the One who makes us appropriate for inheritance, not us.

If it were up to us, we could never keep it.  If we lost it, it would render God powerless to keep us appropriate. 


Immaturity is not a Sign of Loss of Salvation

Gal 4:1  "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;"

The heir as a child is still the heir, even though he is with the servants and taught by the servants, and yet, immature.

A child (immature) heir is still an heir. Immaturity as a Christian is not a sign of loss of inheritance or Christianity, but only a sign of immaturity as a Christian.   Meaning, the person is still a Christian in his immature state. 

Sin is an indicator that shows Christians are less than mature, not a sign of being lost or losing their inheritance.


The inheritance is eternal

Heb 9:15  "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance."

The death of Christ was the buying ("redemption") of the lost (transgressors) so those "called" (previously lost) could receive an eternal inheritance.

Christ died to buy the lost and give them an eternal inheritance.

The lost are bought out of all their sins, past and future, and given their eternal inheritance.  If they were to become lost again, then the buying-of-sinners-out-of-their-sins transaction of Christ, must have missed some sins.  Of course, neither He nor his redemption missed the smallest iniquity.

If an inheritance could be lost, it most certainly could not be eternal.  If it was to become eternal on the day we died, then what is this present possession we have now?  And why is it referred to now as being eternal?

The saved have an eternal inheritance now and throughout eternity, because they have been bought out of sin by the Buyer, Jesus Christ.


Will our Inheritance always be Pure and Clean?

1 Pet 1:4  "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,"

Our inheritance is unruinable and will never go away.  It is reserved for only one person in Heaven.

Our eternal inheritance is kept for us individually and kept from loss or ruination in Heaven.

Our eternal inheritance is reserved for us, not kept by us.  If we kept it, we might defile it, corrupt it, allow it to fade away.  Since God is it's keeper, we can be certain that it will be there, in Heaven.

Incidentally, if our inheritance was able to be lost, how could it be called eternal?


The Guilty are not Inheritors

1 Cor 6:9  "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,"

1 Cor 6:10  "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

1 Cor 6:11  "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

The unrighteous (unsaved) are still guilty of sin and cannot inherit the Kingdom.

The saved used to be the unsaved (unrighteous) but are now washed and sanctified and justified in Christ by the Holy Ghost and are no longer guilty of their sin.

The righteous (saved, justified) are righteous, not by the good they have done, but are so, because they are placed in Christ by the Holy Ghost.  All of their guilt was put on Christ.

Those that have not had their guilt of sin washed, sanctified and justified cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.  These can not wash themselves or sanctify themselves or justify themselves but it must be done by the Holy Ghost at salvation.  Had they done all of this by themselves, then a stumble on their part may lose that inheritance.

Notice that these verses say that some of the readers were guilty of the sins listed, but since they are justified by the Spirit, they are no longer blamable.  There is great assurance in knowing that you are no longer guilty, blameworthy, culpable.


How do we receive our inheritance?

By patient faith

Acts 26:18  "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."

Heb 6:12  "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

The lost are turned from Satan to
* forgiveness of sin and
* an inheritance,
by faith in Christ.

Faith in Christ is the criteria for an inheritance.  This simply means that we realize we cannot save ourselves and are trusting in Christ.  The inheritance comes as a by-product.

Some want to say that patience is part of the process of Heavenly inheritance, but patience is required to await its arrival, not obtain it.

Our hearts are lifted to full assurance when we realize that simple faith in Christ is the criteria for seeing the "Light" and forgiveness of all sin, past and future.


Inheritance is not possible with mankind

Mark 10:17  "And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

Mark 10:27  "And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

The Rich Young Ruler wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life.

Jesus told those listening that it was impossible for us to do anything to inherit eternal life, but it was possible with God.

God is the means to inherit eternal life.

It is very comforting to know that it is not up to us to inherit eternal life, but up to God.

We previously saw that it is done by faith on our part, but not a mustered faith.  It is a helpless faith in Christ that is not of ourselves or in ourselves.


Assured of an ever-present inheritance.

Eph 1:13  "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,"

Eph 1:14  "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."

After having trusted in the Truth (Jesus) through hearing the Gospel we are sealed by the Holy Ghost.

The Sealer is the "earnest money" of the promise of God against the day we inherit our present inheritance.

The Holy Spirit is the earnest money of our inheritance.  If God did not keep His promise about reserving our inheritance, He would lose His Holy Spirit.

Great assurance is realized when we think of the impossibility of God the Father losing God the Holy Ghost.

Assets are owned now, inheritances are owned later.


Our inheritance is a promise to come
We should not be concerned about it for now.

Acts 7:5  "And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child."

Abraham did not receive an inheritance on this earth but was promised an inheritance in the Kingdom.  This inheritance is in the New Heaven and New Earth and the New Jerusalem.

Our present assets will be gone one day, but we will receive an inheritance to come.

The little of our present possession does not matter when we consider the inheritance to come later, kept by the Father and guaranteed by the Holy Ghost.


G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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