The Foretaste of Our Inheritance

The Spirit, our foretaste of New JErusale, our inheritanceHebrews 9:11-15 tells us that Christ, through His own blood shed on the cross, entered once for all into the heavenly holy of holies, obtaining an eternal redemption. By this He became Mediator of a new covenant, so that we might “receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”

Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us that, when we heard and believed the word of the truth, the gospel of our salvation, we “were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise, who is the pledge of our inheritance.” The word “pledge” means an advance partial payment guaranteeing the later full payment. It is also translated deposit, guarantee, earnest, down payment.

The promise written in Hebrews 9 is confirmed by the Spirit in our spirit. The Spirit in us is a deposit guaranteeing the riches of the full eternal inheritance ( ). This living deposit is smaller in quantity but identical in quality to the full inheritance. Therefore, what we experience of the Spirit in this age is a foretaste of what we will experience in New Jerusalem.

The believer possesses already in reality, though but in part, the life of the future; the inheritance of the present and the inheritance of the future differing not in kind but only in degree, so that even now we have the life and blessedness of the future in the way of foretaste.*

New Jerusalem is our eternal inheritance. New Jerusalem is also our present possession to be enjoyed now by means of the Spirit in our spirit. For more on the Spirit in our spirit, I recommend The Secret of the Christian Life—Living in the Mingled Spirit.

*S. D. F. Salmond, The Epistle to the Ephesians, in W. R. Nicoll (ed.) The Expositor’s Greek Testament; original by Hodder and Stoughton, 1903; reprint by Eerdmans, 1976.

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  1. I enjoy the matter of the Spirit in our spirit guarding the promise of our eternal inheritance. Although a day is coming in which we will enjoy this inheritance in full, we don’t have to wait. We can enjoy today!

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  2. Sometimes I wonder, as we enjoy the Lord here in the church life, Lord, is there MORE to be enjoyed? Is this really ONLY a foretaste?

    May the Lord increase our enjoyment day by day, that we may enjoy this inheritance as revealed in His Word, until we reach that day! Until then, let’s just keep enjoying Christ as the Spirit every day!

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