The Matter of Inheritance
February 1, 2008

C. R. Oliver

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February 1, 2008

The Matter of Inheritance

Last month, the study of being an heir and a joint heir with Jesus ended with a reminder to keep in the forefront the word "possession." That word is built into the format of the word "heir" and has to do with one's ownership rights of the promised gift.

Esau, for instance, sold his birthright for a pittance when compared to the value of his inheritance. After he realized the significance of the trade, he sought with bitter tears to get it back. It was traded away in a moment of physical need and was not viewed in the proper light of its true worth. Thousands have done the same today.
Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Hebrews 12:16-17
Abraham, on the other hand, the much cited receiver of great inheritance by faith, recognized the vastness of the words spoken to him and asked this question:
"Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?" Genesis 15:8-9
The Lord told him to prepare a blood covenant in that same chapter, and God showed him the wonder of His promised word. The Lord watches over His Word to perform it. His Word and His words of prophecy are integral to The Matter of Inheritance. Inheritance in kingdom parlance is not based on a legal status, but a relational one.
For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Galatians 3:18

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

And he said, "Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and said to him, 'Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.' 4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell. 5 And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him. Acts 7:2-6
(Note how God watches over His Word)
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32-33
It's all about The Matter of Inheritance.

Inheritance involves a commitment between two or more people based on trust from both parties. The giver must know the heart of the receiver, and the receiver must know the heart of the giver. Faith is a witness to the commitment. There is a very significant interchange in this transaction.

For instance, Moses asked God to make the people His inheritance. (God's investment would yield him a people. This meant that a people must not only be there at the end [faithful], but be an inheritance worth inheriting [valuable].)
So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 9 Then he said, "If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff- necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance." Exodus 34:8-9
This is the real heartfelt desire of all who are called saints. They view themselves as His inheritance and as sanctified saints.

God's response to Moses' prayer came from God's Mountain of Inheritance. It spelled out an "awesome covenant." (A quick read through the terms by which He received the people as His inheritance ended with the giving of the Law and the tablets of stone. It was conditional in one way and not in another. To those who kept His word and walked in His way, they became His inheritance and He gave them a place of inheritance in Jesus.)
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
And from Judah an heir of My mountains;
My elect shall inherit it,
And My servants shall dwell there. Isaiah 65:8-10

"But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land,
And shall inherit My holy mountain." Isaiah 57:13
(Jesus fulfilled the Law and gave us His righteousness; therefore, His new covenant to the believer is unconditional. He made those given to Him forever God's inheritance.)

(The Lord's Supper has an element of The Matter of Inheritance)….
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15
The believer's inheritance is a person, Him.
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:17-23
Jesus, who became a man and was made sin for us, occupies His position and power by inheritance, just as we do!
When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:3-4
Go ahead and shout! Realize that this is the same way that we receive a more excellent name and are above angels and share with Him as joint heirs.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. Revelation 21:7
Inheritance calls for transference. It is an exchange. It is something that can be possessed. It may be tangible or intangible. The tangible can be seen; it is called real property, such as land, antiques or something of intrinsic or sentimental value. The intangible may be a good name, a lifelong clientele, goodwill or favor. Really, this is at the heart of the prosperity message, but the inheritance that flows by the giving of one's person to the other inculcates more than a worldly exchange. Our inheritance actually involves all the above aspects.

We have a sealed inheritance built upon the relational aspect of the testament. Paul, who wrote so much about inheritance, knew the power of our relational heritage. The Father spoke awake his ministry and based it on The Matter of Inheritance.
I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. Acts 26:17-18
Paul's mission was to declare both attributes in the gospel. Forgiveness of sins and inheritance are linked. (We have heard millions preach a half gospel, never mentioning the matter of inheritance, but God thought enough of it to incorporate it in Paul's calling.)

What was spoken to Paul was received by Paul and it came forth from him to the people. He possessed the inheritance and wanted them to do the same. We must receive and proclaim the same!

It was this Paul who wrote to the Ephesians about The Matter of Inheritance being sealed by the Holy Ghost.
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. 11 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, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 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, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:10-14
(Word Study of the word "inheritance:" NT:2820, kleroo (klay-ro'-o); from NT:2819; to allot, i.e. (figuratively) to assign (a privilege): KJV - obtain an inheritance.) (Those who have the book, Sealed Unto His Coming, know the significance of a sealed inheritance.)

Again, Paul took precious space in his encyclicals to express the heart of God about the matter of inheritance.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:9-18
Our inheritance is intact because of Him. Oh, the saints must rejoice. It is to the saints this is promised. (Romans 1 and I Corinthians 1 repeat the same theme: "called to be saints." Yes, saints have a sealed inheritance.) Paul, however, was not the only one emphasizing the inheritance of the saints.

Peter, who preached to thousands, was given a word from God that resounds in heaven even today.
Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9-10
Blessings are a part of the inheritance from God. All the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 are part of it. All the promises of the Old and New Testament are a part of it. But that is not all, for consider the daily blessings that flow to the saint through the Holy Spirit in form of direction, guidance, prophecy and power.

Simon continued to exult in the inheritance which does not stop blessing, both on earth and throughout eternity. He said, "Greatly rejoice." That means pull out all the stops and dance and sing with abandon.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice. 1 Peter 1:3-6
Angels are also a part of the inheritance of the saints. Their ministering is a pattern to the church. Theirs is a ministry to the saints. It is the ministry to the saints that God highly commends. The angels of God are sent to the saints and they are described as ministering spirits for the "inheritors."
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Gospel writers were acquainted with the works of the inheritors as well as their utterances. Matthew broached the subject and gave the Hebrew converts tangible evidence of their inheritance. He quoted Jesus and showed the heart of the "inheritors."
Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Matthew 25:34-37
Missionaries have been doubly blessed with this next Matthew passage, as are all who leave behind those they hold dear, like Abraham, in order to follow one "most dear."
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
The Matter of Inheritance is a peculiar study, because of the variations God places on the subject. Sometimes the word indicates a division of estate, sometimes an individual inheritance, sometimes it is collective as in "tenants in common," and sometimes it is the kingly ascription of "owning it all" and sometimes, the Levitical construct of having no specific territory but being able to gather or glean from it all.

One of those universal passages that saints depend on includes the collective aspect of inheritance. This promise is for all the servants of the Lord.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,
Says the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
David was most prolific in all the aspects of inheritance, both individual and collective.
1. Collectively:
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations. Psalms 111:6

2. Individually and relationally:
O LORD,You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup. Psalms 16:5
12 Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. Psalms 25:12-14
( Note this Old Testament Word Study: OT:5159 nachalah [nakh-al-aw']; from OT:5157 [in its usual sense]; properly, something inherited, i.e. [abstractly] occupancy, or [concretely] an heirloom; generally an estate, patrimony or portion: KJV - heritage, to inherit, inheritance, possession. Compare OT:5158. OT:5157 Nachal[(naw-khal']; a primitive root; to inherit as a [figurative] mode of descent, or [generally] to occupy; causatively, to bequeath, or [generally] distribute, instate:

KJV - divide, have [inheritance], take as a heritage, [cause to, give to, make to] inherit, [distribute for, divide for, for an, by], give for, have, leave for, take [for] inheritance, [have in, cause to, be made to] possess [-ion]).

The Matter of Inheritance is totally a matter of possession. In order for the inheritance to be ours, it is necessary to receive it by faith. We must walk in life as those who have already received its fullest and assert to the world that we are heirs of the Great King. One must interpret inheritance as a form of earthly prosperity and as a heavenly treasure to be opened at another day. The large truth is the people of God have an inheritance. Jesus, The Holy Spirit and God, the Father, have spoken of it in these scriptures…surely that is enough.

P.S. Look at the following Zadok passage and find these truths:
But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me;

…. "It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I am their inheritance. " Ezekiel 44:15ff

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


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