Tim Johnson, editor
June 26, 2011
Inheritance of the Child of God
Your Daily Dose
Do you take a daily vitamin or daily medication? How often do you take it? Every day, right? That's what "daily" means! If the doctor has prescribed medicine for you to take daily, you wouldn't just take it every other day, or once a week, or just every once in awhile, would you?
The Lord has prescribed things for us to do on a daily basis to maintain our spiritual health. These include the following:
DAILY PRAYER. A preacher asked a little boy whether he prayed every day. "No, not every day," said the boy, "there are some days I don't WANT anything!" In truth, it is doubtful that the little boy, or any of us, could go one day without wanting something. For example, I suspect we would all like to eat every day. Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:11 "Give us this day our daily bread." Besides our daily bread, there are many other things that we need and want, and numberless blessings for which we should be thankful daily. The prescription is to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and to "continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2).
DAILY PRAISE. In Hebrews 13:15, the scriptures encourage us to "continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." The Psalmist declared, "Seven times a day I praise You" (Psalm 119:164) and "I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." (Psalm 34:1). Is there a day that goes by that God does not deserve our praise?
DAILY BIBLE STUDY AND APPLICATION. In James chapter one, listening to God's word is compared to looking into a mirror. That is something that most people do multiple times every day! We look carefully at ourselves in the mirror to check for imperfections, and to make adjustments to hair, clothing, or make-up. Even so, James says, the one who "looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does." (James 1:25).
DAILY EXORTATION TO OVERCOME SIN. Satan certainly tempts us daily. He does not take a day off. We need to encourage each other and receive encouragement to overcome sin. "Exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13)
Suppose that your doctor had prescribed four medications which, if taken on a daily basis, would enable you to live forever. Would you take them every day? Religiously? If you follow God's prescription for daily prayer, praise, Bible study and application, and exhortation, you will gain eternal life. Don't forget to take your daily dose.
-- Steve Klein
Christians are referred to as the children of God. John says, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God" (I John 3:1) Paul, writing to the Romans, says, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:16, 17).
We are told that as children of God we are heirs. An heir is one who receives the possessions of someone else. The inheritance of the Christian is special because the inheritance comes from God. The idea of inheritance is interesting because, normally, to be called an heir, one must have died to make this possible. This is true in the inheritance of a Christian. First, Christ died so we could enjoy the relationship as a child of God. It is our faith in Christ and His sacrifice for us that causes us to humble ourselves in obedience to the will of God and be baptized into Christ. Paul writes about our baptism in Romans 6, "Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into his death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (vs. 34). Then, in verse 6 Paul writes, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." In Galatians 2:20, Paul refers to the crucifying of the old man of sin as he had done, as he says, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Obviously, the inheritance we receive as a child of God is the result of a death, but not of someone else, but our own death to sin (Romans 6:2).
As Peter is writing to the children of God scattered throughout Pontos, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, he reminds them of this inheritance of God as he says, "an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (I Peter 1:4). This inheritance is not subject to decay. It is as beautiful now as it will be a thousand years from now. How do I know this? Because Peter said it is "incorruptible" and "fadeth not away." In verse 3, Peter says the basis of the hope for this inheritance is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the gospel is preached and we obey the commands of God, we then have a living hope of the inheritance "reserved in heaven." It was this assurance that Paul had as he neared the end of his life as he wrote to Timothy, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give meat that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing" (II Timothy 4:8).
Do you have a hope of this inheritance? The only wav to have this inheritance is to be a child of God. If you are not a child of God, why are you waiting? The blessings of the inheritance await God's children.
-- David Cox
Via Gospel Power, Vol. 3, No. 15, April 28, 1996