Identity: God’s Glorious Inheritance – Part 1

I love what Paul says in Ephesians 1: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory…..I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe…”  Ephesians 1 is worth another read!

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Notice in the first part of the passage, Paul discusses how the Holy Spirit is a deposit which guarantees an inheritance FOR US from the Father through Christ.  In addition, many of us have probably read this scripture in Romans 8:17 before: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  Through Christ’s obedience, we have become co-heirs with him concerning all things.  Through Christ, we have access to a vast warehouse of spiritual resources such as liberty, authority, and healing just to name a few and we leverage these resources through faith to fulfill the Great Commission and to manifest God’s kingdom here on earth.  The Holy Spirit is the guarantor of that deposit that is made when we are reborn in Christ.

On the other hand, have we ever considered that we are the Father’s inheritance, secured FOR HIM through Christ as well?  You may have missed it if you haphazardly read Ephesians 1 like I have on so many other occasions.  Verse 18 says this: I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe…”

If the Father still considered you a sinner, you could not be labeled as His glorious inheritance because sin is not part of the Father’s inheritance.  Once you are in Christ, the Father sees you as righteous and you take on a completely new level of value to Him.  It is important that we see ourselves that way so we can fulfill our calling and destiny as believers.   

Every person has tremendous created value to the Father but if you have given your life over Jesus Christ, you are considered His glorious inheritance!

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