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Doctrine of Inheritance

July 18, 2010

DOCTRINE OF INHERITANCE

1.    Jesus Christ is the heir of all things.

2.    Hebrews 1:1-2:  “In the past, God [ the Father ] spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways.  But in these last days [New Testament times], He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed the heir of all things, because of Whom [ Jesus Christ ], He [ God the Father ] has also designed the ages [ dispensations ].”

This inheritance begins at the point of the Millennium.

2.    Heirship is based on personal faith in Christ.

A.    Titus 3:7  “That being justified by His grace, we might become heirs on the basis of the confidence of eternal life.”

B.    Revelation 21:7  “He who overcomes [victory of salvation for eternal life as in 1 John 5:4,5] shall inherit these things.  Furthermore, I will be His God; and he will be My son.”

3.    Heirship is based on sonship.

A.    The son becomes the heir.  Sonship occurs at the moment of faith in Christ.

B.    “But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe on His name.”  John 1:12

C.    “You are the sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:26

D.    This fulfills the concept of heirship found in Romans 8:16-17.

“The Spirit bears witness with our [human] spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.”  Romans 8:16-17

4.    Heirship is based on positional sanctification and resultant adoption.

A.    The Church Age believer is royal family of God; so, not only are we sons by birth, but because of positional sanctification (union with Christ), God has adopted each one of us Roman style, i.e., aristocracy naming his heir.

B.    Positional sanctification is the means of forming the royal family of God in the Church Age through the baptism of the believer by the Holy Spirit into Christ at salvation.  This baptism provides equal privilege under the computer asset of predestination.

C.    The Roman custom of adoption emphasizes the fact that we are not only sons by regeneration, but we are sons by adoption, which makes us heirs of God.

“In whom also we have received an inheritance, having been predestined with reference to a predetermined plan [protocol plan of God] from Him who works all things in conformity with the purpose of His will.”  Ephesians 1:11

5.    The Holy Spirit, at salvation, provides the signature guarantee of our inheritance.

“Who is the guarantee of our inheritance, for the release of your assets for the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13,14

6.    The believer’s inheritance is secure forever.

“We have an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you who are guarded by the power of God through faith [doctrine] resulting in a deliverance, ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:4-5

7.    Our attitude toward our inheritance should be one of thanksgiving.

“Constantly being thankful to the Father who qualified us for a share of the inheritance of the saints.” Colossians 1:12

8.    The invisible assets of our inheritance.  These are found in our very own portfolio provided by God the Father, prepared in eternity past, and given to us at the point of salvation.

“Who is the guarantee of our inheritance for the release of your assets for the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:14

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Doctrine Plus Momentum Equals Inheritance.
1.  Mass (metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness) plus motion (advance in the spiritual life) equals your crowns, rewards, decorations, and inheritance.
2.  In Acts 20:32 Paul gave his farewell address to the elders of Ephesus at Miletus and said, “And now I commend 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 of those who are sanctified.”  This is saying that experiential sanctification is the place where the spiritual life is lived, and the inheritance is fulfilled by Bible doctrine plus momentum in the spiritual life.
3.  Paul described the inheritance to the Galatians in Gal 5:21 as “the kingdom of God.”  This is not a reference to your salvation, but to your eternal rewards.
4.  When you have the crown of righteousness and/or the crown of life, you have your inheritance.  You have inherited the kingdom of God.
5.  In PLEROMA status you are a winner believer and have acquired both the crown of righteousness and the crown of life.  As a winner believer you have the capacity related to the crown of righteousness.
6.  The crown of righteousness and the crown of life actually go together.  If you have one, you will have the other.
7.  As a result of the fulfillment of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age two crowns are available to every believer–the crown of righteousness (2 Tim 4:8) and the crown of life (Jam 1:12).
8.  The crown of capacity righteousness is produced by the filling of the Spirit plus maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
9.  This capacity for virtue-righteousness sustained the human nature of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  The sequence for His staying power is His righteousness, His spiritual life, His doctrine, and His love.
a. Jesus Christ on the Cross was the virtue factor in His love for all of us.  Jesus Christ accepted the sentence of judgment of all sins because He had the capacity righteousness of DIKAIOSUNE.  Because He had this capacity righteousness, He also had the love to accept the sentence and judgment of every sin because of personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind.  Righteousness plus love gave Him the staying power to remain on the Cross.  No sin was able to challenge His capacity righteousness or virtue-love.
b.  There are some interesting words in the middle of 1 Tim 6:11, “But you, oh man of God, flee [rebound] these things [greed and fear in the previous context], and keep on pursuing capacity righteousness (DIKAIOSUNE), the spiritual life (EUSEBEIA), doctrine (PISTIS), virtue-love (AGAPE), perseverance (HUPOMONE) and thoughtfulness for others (PRAUPATHIA).”  To attain the crown of righteousness inevitably leads to attaining the crown of life.
c.  Capacity righteousness resulted in the love that sustained our Lord on the Cross.
d.  Capacity righteousness is the capacity for true love in the soul.  Our spiritual life must have a love based on a righteousness that has capacity from the word of God.
e.  True love is always the result of true righteousness in the soul.  All capacity for true love is soul capacity righteousness, not legalism.  Legalism is the enemy of love.  No one has love if he is legalistic.
f.  1 Tim 6:12-16, “Fight the good fight of doctrine; take an interest in eternal life to which you were called and you made a good witness in the presence of many witnesses.  I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified a good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time, He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality [the humanity of our Lord in resurrection body] and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see.  To Him honor and eternal sovereignty!  Amen.”
10.  The second crown (the crown of life) results from the virtue, capacity righteousness in the soul, as illustrated in 1 Tim 6:11.  Between righteousness and love you have two things: the spiritual life and doctrine.
11.  The second crown emphasizes virtue-love in the soul, which derives its capacity from DIKAIOSUNE.
12.  No believer attains the second crown without the first.  The two decorations go together.  You cannot have one without the other, which means that capacity righteousness must precede virtue-love in the soul.