What’s in it for us?

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. 

Conclusion

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.

References

  1. Matthew 25:31-34  
  2. John 19:30  
  3. Mark 14:62;  Acts 2:34-35  
  4. 2 Timothy 4:9  
  5. Mark 10:24-25  
  6. Mark 10:28  
  7. Mark 10:29

Ex-Christian.net and Job

Contributor, Neal Stone, of Ex-Christian.net says, ‘You have an enemy who challenges one of your children’s Jobbelief in you. To prove yourself and your child’s belief you kill all the child’s offspring, destroy his property and make him sick with boils and suffer agony all to prove a bet. On top of that this enemy can talk to you face to face, but your own creation can not because they once obeyed this enemy.’ 1

Then he asks, ‘Does this make sense to you? It makes sense to Christians.’  Unless Neal Stone possesses omniscience, I don’t know how this makes sense to any Christian. Though the book of Job is not the easiest book of the Bible to understand, it doesn’t justify his mangled version. We have to look first of all at some of the main objectives of the book of Job.

# 1. Job was tested by the devil, although God allowed it. Superficially, it seems as if the argument of Satan is that Job only loves God because of his great wealth: ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? …Have you [God] not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands….’ 2 The reason why God allows the devil to inflict trouble on Job and test his love and loyalty to God, is because He has so much confidence in Job. That is quite something!

# 2. God taught Job through His Creation to trust Him. Job was successful and probably busy. Did he know God very well at that time? It doesn’t seem so.  As he acknowledges after his severe trial, ‘My ears have heard of you [God], but now my eyes have seen you.’ 3  What did he see?

God asked Job, ‘Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell, if you understand.’ Job couldn’t answer. Yet when Job saw God as the Creator, it caused him to repent, his faith was restored and he found peace.

# 3. God rewarded Job. Some people think the book of Job only teaches us to persevere, ‘Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering…. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.’ However, it is important that the test ended in reward, ‘…the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before…. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.’ 6 

Application: We can view Job’s restoration as an image of the new heavens and earth. Tests and suffering come our way on this side of the grave, but something far better is waiting, because the Ruler of the universe can deliver.  He is the one who created it all, ‘I know you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.’ 7 

In the next blog we will look at more details of Neil Stone’s mangled version. There is usually quite a difference between what God is accused of, and what the truth is.

References

1.  Neal Stone, Does this makes sense to you? It makes sense to Christians! Ex-Christians.net, 7/12/2009.

2.  Job 1:10

3.  Job 42:5

4.  Job 38:4

5.  James 5:10-11

6.  Job 42:10,12

7.  Job 42:2