His Glorious Inheritance

Inheritance.jpgReading the book of Ephesians is sort of like climbing Mount Everest. It’s a tough climb, and it’s the highest climb. There’s a lot of work that goes into the preparation before and after. Then comes the climb itself, and it is brutal, but once you’re at the top, it’s so beautiful that you are speechless. Every hardship you just experienced turns to wonder, every trial to triumph, and every pain to pleasure. The below Scripture is tough to climb through, but once you do, once you climb to the top and see the wonder that exists in the Everest of Scripture that is Ephesians, you will be speechless.

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints

Ephesians 1:15-18

This passage is a prayer for believers. A prayer for them to grasp something; it’s a prayer that they would grasp the wonder and glory of what it means to be God’s prized possession. He prays that these people would receive wisdom from the Spirit of God to not just know, but to know deeply that they are God’s glorious inheritance. The text says that God has a “glorious inheritance” in you. But this seems a little counter intuitive. Christ treasures me? God has an inheritance in me? I mean, aren’t we called to treasure Christ? Doesn’t God give us the inheritance? Yes, in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, Col. 2:3. And yes, there’s also an inheritance we are going to be given by God through Christ in the end: God himself in fullness and his kingdom in fullness, which we see right before in Ephesians 1:14. But the focus in this verse is for you to (by the power of the Spirit) get a grip on how much God loves you and how he views you as “his glorious inheritance” You are treasured by God, and you are his prized possession.

Way back in Deuteronomy, we see the Lord tell his people, “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6. Let me say it again, if you are a believer, you are the treasured possession of God. But as John Piper says, “God treasures you, but not because of you.” We know God treasures us not because of our works or our own efforts to please him, but out of himself, out of his pure grace he freely chose to love us. And he proved this to us because he poured out all his wrath onto his only Son, so that he could pour out all his love onto us. Through faith in Christ your sin is credited to Jesus, but not only that, Jesus’ righteous record was credited to you. Why did God do that? So he could obtain you. Sin needed to be dealt with before God could have you. How much does someone have to treasure you to go to the extent of sacrificing their only Son and putting your faults on him to get you back? You would have to be their ultimate treasure. God the Father wanted you so badly that he crushed his Son (Isaiah 53) and emptied him (Philippians 3) so that he could make you whole and fill you up. Not only did the Father want you, but Christ wanted you to, “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18). Jesus poured himself out and let go of his eternal treasure of being with the Father so that you could be brought into it (John 17). It wasn’t just the Father who wanted you, it was Jesus to. And if you are in Christ, rejoice because you have been brought into an everlasting Kingdom with the everlasting God, where your joy and peace in God will know no end. And I know this sounds like a fairy tale, but it’s true. Now you may have tears, now you may have pain, now you may be in the middle of the climb, but one day you’ll be at the top of Everest. One day all the sadness will turn into joy, all the pain will turn into pleasure, and all your faith will turn to sight. Praise God that in part we can have this now, but in the end it will be full. It’s the only true fairy tale, and it has a happy ending. And I know this true fairy tale of God’s kingdom and the glory that comes with it seems etherial, but it’s real… and we long to experience it. That’s why people love fairy tales, that’s why they love Disney. They’re longing for the one true fairy tale! This may be the reason why Richard Sibbes said, “The life of a Christian is wondrously ruled in this world, by the consideration and meditation of the life of another world.” See, Sibbes got it. Sibbes knew his inheritance was God and God’s inheritance was him. This new world where there is an exchange of joy in our relationship with God is the ultimate fulfillment of the grand Old Testament theme and promise, “they shall be my people, and I shall be their God.” We taste in part now, but one day we will taste fully, and we will see, gaze, and wonder like we would on Mt. Everest how God’s inheritance is us, and our inheritance is God.

One Reply to “His Glorious Inheritance”

  1. Thank you! This was encouraging and confirming, as I’ve been reminded of this in various ways the past few weeks. It’s caused me to recall the cost of my salvation, and in light of that, what my response should be, in terms of repentance. It seems like it’s the least I can do – to pursue holiness, and embrace the process with joy, since the cost was so great! Then, as the process of sanctification continues, to stand with increasing awe at God’s remarkable plan for us to be his people and he to be our God!

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