It’s a covenant God has made with Himself that we will be the inheritance of God for eternity. Nothing can snatch us out of His hand, and He will never break covenant with Himself or with us. Our part is to yield the new life in Christ He has given us as vessels for His glory.
For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. (Psalm 94:14)
This is another one of those verses that I must have read a bajillion times without seeing the significance of it. I’ve taken comfort countless times in the truth that He will never cast off His people. It’s a core element of faith, knowing that that He has committed to His covenant with us and will never forsake us or withhold what He has promised. We need only see His infinite patience with Israel and all-inclusive work of the cross to see that He has more than proved His faithfulness and love. Even in our own lives we can see the numerous times He intervened or pre-empted situations to protect us and provide for us. But what is seldom taught is that we are the inheritance of God.
The meaning in the inheritance of God.
An inheritance, in simple terms, is a portion or allowance that comes to us through the last will and testament of someone who dies. It is the right to possess something stipulated by that person while they were alive, but only comes to us after their death. What becomes immediately apparent is that there is a covenant agreement in place guaranteeing the inheritance of God. But the true power of it lies in the fact that it is God’s own death through Christ that releases the inheritance. This is the full magnitude of God’s love for us, that He was willing to die to fulfil the covenant of eternal inheritance made with Christ. In dying, Jesus secured us as the inheritance of God for eternity because God will never die. It is fixed forever and came into effect at the cross.
Of course, we already belonged to God. He created us and still has complete ownership of everyone and everything He has created. But He longs for the intimacy of kinship, of having children born of the spirit who will love Him of their own free will. When we receive salvation without reservation, we enter into that same covenant agreement that enabled us to be the inheritance of God. We agree, in effect, to be His portion – His people, His children, His inheritance – forever. It is an indissoluble bond written in the blood of Christ. God willingly takes on all of us, the good with the bad. In return, He affords us the full privilege, protection and provision that comes with being His inheritance and His people. It is a relationship based on free will, a binding covenant of perfect exchange. An inheritance cannot be changed once it is signed.
The implication of the inheritance of God.
Christ’s ‘last will and testament’ has a twofold implication for us as believers. The first is that we have full and unlimited access as sons of God in Christ. We pass from the ownership of the devil into the ownership of God and can expect His full power and provision in our lives. He undertakes to meet every need, to protect us and care for us, and to ensure that every promise is fulfilled. This is no small thing. We’re talking here of the great I AM, the limitless, immeasurable God of all. It’s an indication of how precious we are to Him that He is willing to give all to those for whom He has already given all on the cross. We are a living inheritance of a living God, and He will continue to give for eternity as part of His covenant with us in Christ.
The second implication is that we agree to be the inheritance of God. We still have our free will, but receiving salvation is making covenant with God. Any covenant involves an agreed exchange, and our part is that we agree to the lordship and therefore the ownership of God. As His inheritance, we belong to Him. We yield our will freely to His will, knowing that He has already made perfect provision for every need and has covenanted to keep every promise. We yield our plans, our desires, and our hearts to Him. It’s an all or nothing exchange, holding nothing back. He becomes our portion or inheritance, and we become His. God now has covenant ownership over us which is absolute. It means He assumes full responsibility for us while we yield that responsibility in love. Our covenant is based entirely on His love for us.
Growing into the inheritance of God.
The infinite patience of God never ceases to leave me both humbled and amazed. That He should so desire relationship with mankind in all our sinfulness and selfishness is beyond our full comprehension. Yet He has committed Himself to us as His people and as His inheritance. More than that, today’s verse reminds us that He will never cast us off or forsake us – not even when we are unfaithful to our part. It’s frighteningly easy to break covenant with God. We only need to listen to the little voice of self to be led astray, often unwittingly. Each time we sin or slide into wrong habits, we’re taking back our will and control. But through all of this He is faithful. Instead of writing us off, He graciously draws us and leads us back to where we should be, teaching us along the way.
When we consider our human frailty and weakness and the demands of self, it’s easy to see how we stray. We’ll have our fall down moments throughout life, but it’s part of the process of growing into the inheritance of God. By His grace we can learn from our mistakes. He transforms our moments of weakness into opportunities to reveal His power. When we rush off in pursuit of our own agenda, He waits patiently for us to turn to Him. In love, He chastises and restores us. I often think that God’s love can most clearly be seen in His patience with us. In everything, He is raising us up as His inheritance, His people who are called by His name and through whom He reveals Himself to the world. In all of it, He manifests His faithful love as He promises to do.
The inheritance of God is eternal.
This is another awesome truth that is breath-stealing in its magnitude. The covenant of the cross and the death and resurrection of Jesus has made us the living inheritance of God for all eternity. It is so much bigger than the here and now things we either enjoy or struggle with. As His inheritance, He will have us with Him for all eternity – something our limited human intellect can never fully grasp. When God says ‘never’ He means just that. Never. Which in His terms means forever. Through the last will and testament of the Son of God we are eternally secured in God. He is our dwelling place forever, our all in all and our God beyond any limitations of this natural world. We are supernaturally placed with God as His precious inheritance. What we enjoy today will be multiplied and perfected beyond this mortal life.
It reminds me that Jesus said nothing can snatch us out of the Father’s hand. We are safe and secured under the blood of the Son. This life is our growing into our eternal place as the inheritance of God. We learn to give over the things that hold us back, to yield one by one the hindrances in our walk with Him. But there is nothing Satan or the world can throw at us which can remove us from the protective hand of God. In Jesus, we are His eternally and precious to Him. He will hold fast to that which is His because that is His covenant with Himself. It’s significant that God made this covenant with Himself. It makes it unbreakable, because He cannot lie and cannot deny Himself. He makes promises to us, but they are first made with Himself so that they remain eternally unbroken.
Living as the inheritance of God.
This incredible privilege can be summed up in the simple truth that we are created and called to live for His glory. We have no value in and of ourselves. Our value lies in the love God has for us and that He has chosen to manifest His glory in and through us. To live as the inheritance of God means to live as a visible vessel of His glory. It is to reveal to the world what it is to be His people and His inheritance. All the blessings and promises He showers on us are testimony of His care and provision. Our lives must reflect the faithfulness and power of God who holds nothing back and with whom nothing is impossible. The covenant exchange on the cross will always be ‘unfair.’ God has so much more to give than we do.
Even in yielding, we surrender the new life He purchased for us on the cross. We only give back to God what He so freely gave.
Thank You, Lord, for loving so completely that You covenanted with Yourself to make us not only Your people but Your inheritance. Forgive us when we allow self to distract us from the truth that the new life we have in Christ is what You have given. Help us to remember that we can claim nothing but that we live for Your glory and yield to You what is rightfully Yours.