What Will Your Inheritance Be Like?

Who Our Father Is Determines What We Will Inherit

Who Our Father Is Determines What We Will Inherit

The dual nature of Jesus (being both God and man) is one of those incredibly difficult concepts of Christianity. It is at once simple and profound.

It is also a source of great hope for believers.

Hebrews 1:2 tells us that Jesus was “appointed heir of all things”. While that is a wonderful fact, it needs some context so that we can see how it relates to us.

Before Jesus came to earth, He was fully divine. John said of Jesus (being called “the Word”), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus had no power or glory to gain by becoming human—He already had it all.

What more can God inherit?

If Jesus had it all, how is it that the Scriptures talk about Him being “heir of all things”?

The simple answer is that this is a reference to the HUMANITY of Christ. As a human, Jesus became heir of all things. Jesus inherited what no human could have dreamed of inheriting. The important part of that last sentence is that Jesus inherited these things as a human.

When Jesus came to earth, He gave up all claim to the rights associated with being God. Philippians 2:7 says that “He made Himself of no reputation”. This did not mean that Jesus ceased to exist or that He divested Himself of His divine nature. It did not mean that He became a mere man. Vincent’s Word Studies (New York, October 30, 1886) put it well. “He was not unable to assert equality with God. He was able not to assert it.”

This self-emptying had consequences.

For the first time in His eternal existence, Jesus depended upon someone else to care for His needs. Ultimately, Jesus relied on His Father in Heaven to care for Him while He lived on earth.

This sacrifice did not go unrewarded though. Philippians 2:10 states that “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” Jesus received the answer to His prayer found in John 17. Verse five shows the request. “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

The difference between this “new found glory” and the glory that He has before the creation is no difference in rank, but there are two very significant differences. The first is that this new elevation and glory was GIVEN to Jesus by His Father (Hebrews 1:4). The second difference is that it was granted to Him AS A HUMAN (Matthew 28:18).

That is not meant to take away from His divinity. There is a special reason such information is revealed to us though.

Imagine what it means that a HUMAN is on the throne.

As a human, if ONE can obtain such an incredible inheritance, then it stands to reason that others can too. That is exactly what the Bible teaches us. Think about Romans 8:16-17. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

What will our inheritance be like?

About Jason Sparks

I am passionate about spreading the Gospel. God has blessed me with a wife and two children. I have been preaching full time since graduating Brown Trail School of Preaching in June, 1999 and also have an MA from University of Phoenix.

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