Post details: Part 2: The Next Glimpse of Our Identity in Christ - Your Inheritance as a Child of God


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Part 2: The Next Glimpse of Our Identity in Christ - Your Inheritance as a Child of God

Part 2: The Next Glimpse of Our Identity in Christ - Your Inheritance as a Child of God
by Bud

An inheritance is a possession promised to a family member or friend. It’s usually passed on at the death of the one who makes the promise. And it’s the document called a will, which spells out all of the details of that promise.

Yet, not all inheritances require death for an exchange to occur. Royalty, the privileged or the wealthy often chose to pass their titles to their sons and daughters before they died. So keep in mind that an inheritance can be received two ways, through death or through choice.

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant [with Moses] was not put into effect without blood. …For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.”
Hebrews 8:15-28, 24

Here, the new covenant promised to both Jews (Jeremiah 31:31-24) and Gentiles (Hosea 8:23; Romans 9:23-26) has begun. We know it’s in effect because Jesus has shed His blood. It’s just like God’s first covenant with Abram before he was renamed Abraham. To assure him of his inheritance of land (Genesis 15), animal blood was shed to seal and testify to God’s promise.

As the blood of animals assured Abram of God’s promise, the blood of Christ assures you and me today that the promised new covenant has gone into effect. It’s a covenant that’s indestructible (1 Peter 1:4) with such blessings as assurance that God no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 10:17; Jeremiah 31:34). It even has promises that we currently wait for like a new body (1 Corinthians 15:50-57) and being at Jesus’ side forever (John 17:24).

As children of God, we have the greatest inheritance containing the greatest blessings of all times. Not only are its benefits unique and superior, but how God put it into effect is a blessing in itself.
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