The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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The Inheritance Reserved in Heaven
         Part 3
 
By Dean E. Boelt
 
Refreshing Waters Renewal #11 (Heavenly Mindedness)
 
 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Pet. 1:3-5).
 

The Reception of Genetic Qualities. The reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring is also a matter that is integral to inheritance. There is a lot of excitement today about genetics. For example, how that certain discoveries in medical science will someday be able to cure all of our diseases. But those in Christ have the answer to that. It is primarily to the Lord that men must look to heal all their diseases (Ps. 103:3). When He occasionally uses doctors to be involved in the healing, we will still give thanksgiving to God for the kindnesses He has shown.


With regard to the matter of genetics, as we are speaking of the subject here, our genetic material is the dust of the earth. As it is written, “And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). Man was created out of the dust of the ground, and yet we are created in God’s image. He breathed the breath of life into us. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them” (Gen. 1:27).


Men, the Offspring of God. Paul to the Athenians on Mars hill, fervently declared, “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device” (Acts 17:28-29). Paul was speaking here to men who were created in God’s image, but who yet were not reconciled to Him.


We have received, in a manner of speaking, some genetic qualities from God, our Creator. We are God’s offspring and man is created in God’s image. But there was a lot that was lost in the fall. Because of sin and transgression, men had made shipwreck of the glorious destiny, for which the Lord had men them. But God’s purpose in Christ is to restore man. We have the first fruits of this restoration now. As new creatures in Christ (II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15), some of the changes wrought in us are of the nature of a transplant, where the heavenly treasure is placed in an earthen vessel (II Cor. 4:7), where heavenly life and light now abide and increase in dwellings which were once darkness (Eph. 5:8), and where men and women are now transformed by the renewing of their minds (Rom. 12:2).


The Divine Seed in those Living by Faith. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (I Jn. 3:9). If you have been born again, or born from above, there is within in you a seed that absolutely cannot sin. We must, therefore, cultivate and nourish that seed by feeding on the Word of God in order that it might grow. The genesis of this seed is God Himself and we know that the Holy One cannot sin (Jas. 1: 13).


So then in what all does our inheritance consist? Our participation in the inheritance begins now. God has made us accepted in the Beloved One (Christ) in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. This is the fundamental element of the bona fide heritage, of which we are speaking. Being in Christ, by virtue of obeying the gospel and continuing in the faith, qualifies us for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We actually become a “habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph. 2:22), and this circumstance enables the Father and the Son to express themselves through us as we minister to others.


When we finally shall arrive in the glory, what shall await us there? Since the first fruit is the earnest (down payment) of our complete inheritance, wouldn’t it follow that we would receive more of the same? When we obeyed the gospel call we were born again, or born from above, we received “the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).


There is a false doctrine that denies that we have the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But that indwelling Spirit is the very earnest of our inheritance (cf. Eph. 1:13-14). If this teaching were true, we might as well “pack our bags and go home” and forget about dwelling with God forever. But praise God we do have the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelling in us (cf. Rom. 8:11)!


Paul prayed the church might be made conscious of the riches of the glory of God’s inheritance in the saints. And I join with Paul in this prayer, “that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18). This glory in the saints will be fully manifested in the last time. That is when the work of redemption is complete: in the glorified church indwelt by God fully without restriction. This in no way dilutes God’s glory, but rather displays God’s glory to all in such a way that it could not be done without willing subjects to be involved in the display of His glory.


As the text states, this inheritance is incorruptible, and that is because God is incorruptible. It is undefiled because Jesus came into this world as the undefiled Son of man. He came as “the Light of the world” (Jn. 8:12), and even as natural light exposes dirt and filth, and is never tainted by them, Jesus exposed sin, and was not defiled by it. But even more than this, the Lord Jesus, by His death on the Cross, has wonderfully illuminated the remedy for sin, and the “way of escape” from the wrath to come. This inheritance also does not fade away because God is the eternal self-existent One, having neither beginning of days nor end of life. The One who sent His Son “into the world that we might live through Him” (I Jn. 4:9) is “the eternal God” and our “Refuge” (Deut. 33:27). God Himself is our inheritance. Amen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).