We live in a crazy world of assigning incredible value to almost anything. We all place value on our families, our jobs, our health, our friends, and our possessions to varying degrees. We all love and place value to animals in differing degree.
However, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that we are of MUCH MORE value than the birds which God cares for and feeds.
Luke 12:22-24 (ESV) And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how MUCH MORE value are you than the birds!
In this lesson on the fact that we are God's inheritance I want to fill you with Scriptures and allow the Word of God speak for itself.
1. GOD HAS PURCHASED HIS PEOPLE FOR AN INHERITANCE.
In Ephesians 1:14 we are told that the Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory. This means that the Person of the Holy Spirit was God's down payment to us for all that we were going to receive.
Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
In Acts 20:28 we read of "the Church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood." God has not only redeemed His people from bondage and death but redeemed a people for Himself as an inheritance. He did not bring us out of Egypt (the world) to die in the wilderness. He brought us out of Egypt to bring us into Canaan.
Acts 20:28 ESV Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
2. GOD COMES AND DWELLS IN THE MIDST OF HIS INHERITANCE.
Psalms 94:14 ESV For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;
Psalms 94:14 is proof that these Scriptures are not referring to the nation of Israel after the flesh. Just as God the Father Tabernacled in the midst of the redeemed Hebrews, so He now indwells His church, both collectively and individually.
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV (19) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, (20) for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
The passages in Corinthians chapters 3 and 6 reveals that we are God's possessions, God's tabernacle, which He purchased with the price of His Son's death. Therefore we are to bring the Father glory in all that we do.
What is the number one work of the Holy Spirit? Christians would give a lot of answers to this question. The Word gives the number one work of the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s most important work is to draw us to the Son.
Having the answer to the number one work of the Holy Spirit, what is the number one work of the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ? The number one work of the Lord Jesus Christ is to bring us to the Father.
What then is the number one work of the Father? The number one work of the Father is to present to Himself a pure spotless inheritance. We are that inheritance which the Father will present to Himself.
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD’S PURPOSE IN ETERNITY TO HAVE SUCH AN INHERITANCE:
Psalms 33:12 ESV Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
This “favored people” of Psa. 33 was chosen by God to be His inheritance. It was not an afterthought with Him, but decreed by Him in eternity past. Before the foundation of the world God fixed His heart upon having these chosen people as an inheritance for Himself.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
The "nation" here is identical with the holy nation, the chosen generation, royal priesthood, and peculiar people of I Peter 2:9. The term "peculiar people" does not mean that we are strange or a bunch of eight balls. The term means that we are purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ for the Father.
Psalms 135:4-6 ESV For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession. (5) For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. (6) Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
Malachi 3:16-18 ESV Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. (17) "They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. (18) Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.