Jesus said that when He comes again, he will sit on His throne in heavenly glory and say to the blessed ones, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared since the creation of the world.’ 1
# Our inheritance
- It is amazing that God planned everything from the beginning.
- The first part of the plan was the creation of the physical universe. He finished it in 6 days and then rested (it was not because He was tired, but because He was finished).
- The second part of the plan was fulfilled when Jesus died on the Cross and said, ‘It is finished’ 2 and sat down at His Father’s right hand in heaven. 3
- We want to give attention to the third and final part of God’s magnificent plan, our inheritance (in between there are a few ‘necessary’ events which we want to discuss in future blogs).
- Jesus Himself guarantees our inheritance. Yet, sometimes we wonder what the inheritance will be like? We live in a hostile world ruled by the devil. So life is not always that easy for the believer. Our active enemy sometimes drives us to want to give up. Take the example of Demas. Paul reported about him, ‘…for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone….’ 4 That plainly means he gave up on God.
# Peter’s question
- After Jesus commented on how hard it will be for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God, 5 Peter asked Jesus, ‘We have left everything to follow you!’ 6 He meant, ‘will we be rewarded for that?’
- Jesus answered with a promise, ‘I tell you the truth, …no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the Gospel, will fail to receive, …in the age to come, eternal life.’ 7
# Our reward
It is a consolation when we understand that we will inherit. We are saved by grace and mercy, so we don’t deserve anything. Yet our perfect Father is generous and wants to give us an inheritance. He wants to reward us handsomely for our devotion and loyalty to Him, even if it is all His doing.
Scripture is not comprehensive when it comes to our inheritance, the coming Kingdom of peace and happiness. It is because God is concerned that we get there, not what we will get there. Yet there are clues in the Bible.
- Matthew 25:31-34
- John 19:30
- Mark 14:62; Acts 2:34-35
- 2 Timothy 4:9
- Mark 10:24-25
- Mark 10:28
- Mark 10:29