The Word Brings Us into the Inheritance

The Word of God's GraceThrough Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, we have received the promise of the eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:11-15). We experience this inheritance now through the Holy Spirit who is in us as the foretaste/down payment of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14). This inheritance culminates in New Jerusalem.

Acts 20:32 says, “And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who have been sanctified.” Through believing the gospel we already received the Holy Spirit who brought us the initial installment of our inheritance. Since we have this, why does Paul, speaking to the elders of the church in Ephesus (and indirectly to the whole church there and to all of us), tell us that the word of grace is able to give us the inheritance?

While the Holy Spirit has given us the foretaste of our inheritance, the word of grace gives us, brings us into, further practical experience of this foretaste. First Peter 1:3-4 says that our inheritance is “incorruptible and undefiled and unfading.” I cannot say that my Christian life matches these characteristics. There are too many times when I get agitated or discouraged or . . .

I need more of God’s word, to nourish me for spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2), to wash away my oldness and defects (Ephesians 5:25-27), to supply me for speaking, singing, and giving thanks (Colossians 3:16-17), and to convict, correct, and instruct me that I may be fully equipped to serve (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The more we partake of “the word of His grace,” the more we experience our inheritance and are brought into the present reality of New Jerusalem.

Recommended for further reading:
Practical Points on Bible Reading and Reading for the Central Line
Enjoying Christ as the Living Word in the Written Word
12 Practical Points on Bible Reading Plus One Awesome Tool

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