Our inheritance in Christ
By Ivan Ho 24 Mar 2019
The chosen ones in Christ
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
If you understand the above scriptures, you would understand and accept the following truth:
1. We ought to give praise to our Heavenly Father who has chosen us and blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:1) , and praise His Son Jesus who redeemed us according to the riches of His grace and made known to us the mystery of His will. (Eph 1:5-9)
2. God is Three-in-One: the Father, Beloved Son Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit.
3. Before we know God, before we were born into the world, before the foundation of the earth, God has already chosen us. (Eph 1:4)
4. God chose us in Christ alone (Eph 1:4). He did not choose us in any religious leaders, philosophers, or any political rulers.
5. The chosen ones are those who have heard the word of truth, received the gospel of salvation; believed in Christ, and were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13). We are chosen not because we are rich, smart, powerful, good looking …
6. The chosen ones were once sinners who sinned against God, but because of God’s grace in Christ, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Eph 1:7)
7. The chosen ones are no longer regarded as sinners but predestined to become holy and without blame before Christ. (Eph 1:4)
8. The chosen ones are adopted sons in Christ. (Eph 1:5)
9. God did not choose us according to fate. He chose us because of His love and according to His will and purpose.
10. For those who have yet to accept Jesus, it does not mean that they are not chosen. We are being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will and predetermined time. (Eph 1:10-12)
11. The chosen ones have obtained an inheritance in Christ. (Eph 1:11)
Inheritance in Christ
There are two most important questions in life that many people tend to ignore:
1. Where will you go after you die?
2. Who will inherit your riches and possessions after you die?
People fail to consider these questions during their life times until it becomes too late after they die.
If they have made arrangements before they die, they would have planned to pass their inheritance only to their loved ones, to their family members or friends who are closely related to them rather than to strangers whom they don’t know.
In the same way, only those whom God has chosen, who know Christ and are adopted as sons, will inherit all that God has prepared for them in the kingdom of God.
Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”