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
In our time of political correctness, we sometimes shrink back from terminology the Bible uses. An example is Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 that say, ’The fool says in his own heart, ‘There is no God.’” Why is God so insensitive? Why didn’t He use a better or ‘softer’ word? What does He mean by ‘fool?’ Instead of delving deep into the meaning of the word, let us look at it in a very practical way. After all, Scripture is about reality, not religion.
# God offers people an eternal inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.1
The inheritance entails: 2
- Life on a fantastically beautiful planet 3
- No death or disease.
- No food shortages, genetically modified foods or other food deviations.
- No sorrow because God will wipe every tear from our eyes.
- No wars, troubles, crises in governments, fights among nations, no hatred of Israel.
- Safety at all times, love, harmony and happiness.
# The inheritance is a wonderful, eternal paradise of peace.
The person who denies the existence of God will miss a golden opportunity of an eternal carefree ‘holiday’ without end. God offers it free, absolutely free to anybody who wants to ‘sign’ up.
# A fool rejects such an excellent ‘bargain.’
- The God who promises eternal wealth and happiness is in control as the Manager of this New Word Bank, the eternal Bank of God. And He invites all people, small and big, great or nothing, rich, poor or average, to join free of charge. Even in every day life we call a person who rejects such an opportunity a fool.
- The other future option is of course eternal separation from God and His goodness. To reject God’s offer and prefer the bad deal of eternal torture and agony because you have to pay the penalty for your sin yourself, makes you a fool in God’s sight.
The gateway to eternal riches is Jesus Christ. The fool denies that God exists and hopes that will remove him or her from God’s radar. That is foolish thinking. It is a good ‘financial’ investment to love and trust God. The returns are wonderful and endless. God is not ‘abusive’ when He calls a person who rejects such a good ‘deal’ a fool.
- 1 Peter 1:4
- Revelation 21:3-5; 22:3-5
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
The Word of God is the Gate to immense treasures in this life and the one to come.
1 Peter 1:3-5 says, ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you….’ To miss that inheritance is the most terrible tragedy that can befall anyone. We learn how to claim our eternal inheritance in the Word of God, the revelation of God’s plan for man. It is a reliable document, but there is a world-wide attempt to sow seeds of distrust in it.
The keys to our inheritance
- The keys to open the way to our inheritance are: wisdom, knowledge and understanding. We call it the ‘small trinity.’
- God used those keys to create: ‘By wisdom God laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided and the clouds let drop the dew.’ 1
- We need those ‘keys’ in our ‘creation’ process to become new people in Christ.
- But the glue that keeps the small ‘trinity’ together is faith (‘…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him’ 2).
How to acquire the keys
- ’The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.’ 3
- Thus the command in Proverbs 2:1-6, ‘My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom, and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.’ Then,
- ‘…wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.’ 4
The Bible calls these 3 keys, a tree of life
- ‘Blessed is the man who gets wisdom, the man who gains understanding for she is more profitable than silver, and yields better returns than gold…. She is a tree of life to those who find her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.’ 5
- We eat of it here (get knowledge, understanding and wisdom in the Bible) to eventually eat of the real Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem. 6 God banished Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden so that they could not eat of the Tree of Life and live forever in their fallen state. 7
Wisdom preserves life eternally, which money cannot do.
‘Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter, as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.’ 8
Knowledge, understanding and wisdom, held together by faith, are the 3 keys to the Kingdom. The foundation of these keys is the 66 Holy Spirit inspired books that together form God’s wonderful Holy Book, the Book of all books!
- Proverbs 3:19-20
- Hebrews 11:6
- Proverbs 1:7
- Proverbs 2:10-11
- Proverbs 3:13-18
- Revelation 22:2
- Genesis 3:22-23
- Ecclesiastes 7:11-12