“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 1:18-19
If you haven’t read my previous post (Part 1 of this series on God’s Glorious Inheritance), you may want to go read that before reading this one. We discussed how Christ’s obedience secured for us an inheritance in the Father but also how it secured for the Father an inheritance in us his holy people.
Inheritance has two aspects to it. Usually when we think of inheritance, we think of the material goods we get when someone dies and wills it to us – houses, cars, money, etc. When Christ died on the cross, he secured for us a vast warehouse of spiritual resources from the Father which we access through faith. We became co-heirs with Christ as mentioned in Romans 8:17 and everything that Christ has access to by way of His having been elevated to the highest place, we also have access to through faith. In fact, even our position spiritually is with Christ. Ephesians 2:4 – 6 says,
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
When Christ gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28, He started by saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go…” He was saying that the most significant event in all of heaven and earth’s history was complete and that He had reclaimed the dominion and authority that the enemy seized from Adam in the garden. And, since He now possesses all dominion and authority, and the Holy Spirit now lives in us who are reborn in Him, we then go into all the world, with full dominion and authority, and do what He did which is proclaim the gospel of the kingdom and heal the sick. (Matthew 9:35; Luke 9:6)
There is another aspect to inheritance however. Inheritance also refers to the genetic characteristics, qualities, and other non-material items that are received by children from their parents – facial features, height, weight, temperament, even genetic defects and pre-disposure to certain sicknesses and diseases, etc.
Christ not only reclaimed for us who are reborn full dominion and authority, He also restored the Father’s image in those who are reborn in Him so that the very characteristics of the Father Himself would be inherited and would manifest in His children.
Just like in the natural when we have children and it is obvious they have character and personality traits which they received from dad and mom, we also inherit character and personality traits from the Father when we are reborn in Christ. We know this as the fruit of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5:22 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Make no mistake. If you’ve been reborn in Christ, you’re a child of the Father in all respects – the proof being who you are and what you have from Him!