All the good things that HAVE come

Don’t let the word inheritance fool you. I know it carries the idea of “maybe something, sometime.” That’s the way worldly inheritance works. We wait for something that might be given to us in the future…and sometimes that long-awaited inheritance evaporates before it does actually become ours.

But in the kingdom of God, your inheritance is given to you now, as soon as you become His child. Just as your new, always-alive life has already begun, so have the benefits of your inheritance. Yes, the greatest, most fantastic part is still to come. There is the promise of the priceless inheritance reserved for us in heaven. But you also have access to your privilege of inheritance now.

Look at some of the Scriptures. And (here comes the grammar teacher again) note the tense of the verbs. These are things that have happened and are happening now. They are not referring only to the future:

the wonderful things God has freely given us. (1 Corinthians 2:12)

Christ brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand (Romans 5:2)

we have received an inheritance from God (Ephesians 1:11)

He seated us in the heavenly realms with Christ (Ephesians 2:6)

both Jews and Gentiles share equally in the riches (Ephesians 3:6)

the endless treasure available to [those] in Christ (Ephesians 3:8)

(Ok, I admit — not all those words I emphasized are verbs. If you caught that, you get an A in grammar today.)

And here’s one of my very favorites –

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come (Hebrews 9:11).

We find that verse in the context of a comparison of the old covenant God had with His people to the new covenant ushered in by Jesus Christ. I think, though, that “all the good things” can refer to this completely new life we’ve been given. He is making all things new, remember? And Christ is leading us into all those new, good things right now. The promises and hope Christians have are not only for some distant future.

This is where we begin next week: The riches available to us right now.

Let’s take a good look at — and celebrate — our place of privilege and all the good things that have come.

 

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Psalm Prayer:

You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.
(Psalm 61:5) 

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© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, and Lana Turner for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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