Here are a few scriptures for you to read, think about, and measure alongside your life as a child of God. As a hint for this brief reading, I will let you know how Jesus Christ, present as one of the members of the Trinity before the beginning of time, was determined to be the heir of everything that exists in eternity.
Now the verses.....read them slowly, maybe a couple of times, and watch them form a progression of thought.
1. Galatians 3:26 "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith."
2. John 1:12 "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—"
The next verse does not apply to you unless you are one who has received him, and have become a child of God.
3. Romans 8:17 "Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ."
4. 1 Peter 1:4-5 "into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
God has proven himself to be faithful in honoring his promises. The glorious promise of us becoming children of God and joint-heirs with Jesus, is a promise every Christian can believe and trust. You can be a heir of God, to receive an incorruptible inheritance which is being kept for you in heaven.
Hallelujah! We are kids of the King! What is his, is and will be ours. Inheriting along with Jesus, what a great thought! We have small glimpses in scripture of what that inheritance will include, but I am guessing the it will be beyond our wildest imagination.
But......before anything is inherited, there must be a death. In our case, the inheritance is ours because of the death of Jesus on the cross. That brings more to the truth of how much God loves us when we read again about his love in John 3:16. It's a love so great that he gave his Son to die in our place.
All this is also related to the death we must die. It's the death of the old man of sin where we are led to become an entirely new person in Jesus Christ. Christians can live in anticipation of the return of Jesus to take them to be with him. We can be rich! Rich in the blessings of the abundant life here, and the eternal life that is to come. Rich in loving God because of his sacrifice, and rich in loving others who share the journey with us.
I am going to receive the inheritance God promised. He's keeping that inheritance safe for me in heaven. I want my life to be one of ceaseless praise and honor and glory to God, always thanking him for his gift of love.