Children and Inheritance
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
While we believers are living in our bodies on this earth, we are all children with a dedicated share of inheritance. But because we are still children, we aren't ready to receive the full inheritance yet. We need to be guided by an advisor, and that advisor is the Holy Spirit. The inheritance is guaranteed–we will eventually acquire possession of it.
To understand God's inheritance, let's first use the concept of human inheritance to establish a basis. Human inheritance is giving a share of your assets to our descendents when we pass away. It's like saying "while I'm alive, I will take care of you, but when I pass, I will pass my possessions onto you". But the world has come up with ways to fulfill this need. Life insurance is a way for your descendents to be covered in the case of your unexpected death.
Now let's look at how God's inheritance differs from that of human inheritance.
1. God isn't passing away.
God is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is beyond time, and thus will always be around. He isn't passing away. So why is He giving us an inheritance?
2. God wants to share with us his treasures.
Love. That's the answer. You know the feeling of when you love someone so much that you just want to give them the world? (not literally, just an expression) Whether that's romantic love of filial love, that feeling is a fraction of what God feels for us. It's unconditional. It's complete.
Brothers and sisters, let us realize the full power of God's love. Let us receive his love for us. Let us understand the full extent of his inheritance that he has proportioned to us. And while we are on this earth, let us accept the Holy Spirit's guidance so we can prepare for eternity.
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