New Jerusalem: Our Inheritance (2)

New Jerusalem, Our Eternal InheritanceHebrews 9:11-14 tells us that Christ came as a High Priest of the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not of this creation, and through His own blood shed on the cross He entered once for all into the heavenly holy of holies, obtaining an eternal redemption. In this redemption Christ offered Himself through the eternal Spirit, and His blood purifies our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:15 continues, saying that Christ is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that we might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Because of Christ’s death on the cross and His entering into the heavenly holy of holies, we have been qualified to receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. The qualification is of Him, not from us. The verses above tell us that His death is effective with us through the eternal Spirit and that His entering was into the holy of holies not of this creation but of the new creation. Because of this, we should not expect a physical, material inheritance but a spiritual one.

Hebrews 8 to 10 contrast the new covenant established by Christ with the old covenant of law. Under the old covenant the Jews receive an earthly inheritance but under the new covenant we receive the heavenly inheritance.

We should not wait passively for our inheritance, thinking that it is only in eternity. No. The inheritance is from now unto New Jerusalem. First Peter 1:3-4 says that our eternal inheritance is also our living hope having many aspects. New Jerusalem is the completion of the believers’ progressive experience of the eternal life. Eventually all aspects of our inheritance have their consummation in New Jerusalem.

Photo by Toby Shelton.

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  1. Love this! I think only as we recognize the inheritance that we do have, do we actually begin to bring more of God’s Kingdom to earth and this planet begins to look more like New Jerusalem.

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