“Listen, my beloved brethren: has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” JAM 2:5
“To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” ACT 26:18
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” MAT 13:23
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” ACT 20:32
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2CO 5:10
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”REV 22:12
Note the elements of privilege, responsibility, and accountability. It must be emphasized that we are dealing here with discipleship, not justification/salvation. As we shall see, every child of God is an heir. The question before us is this: How much will I inherit, and will it really matter that much?
1. Every child of God by faith in Christ is an heir of God.
Read: GAL 3:26, GAL 3:29, GAL 4:6-7. Every member of the Royal Family has a share in the Royal Inheritance. Again, the question of our study is, “how much?”
2. The believer’s share in the inheritance cannot be lost or forfeited.
Read: 1PE 1:3-5. Peter stresses in three words that our inheritance cannot—in any way—be defiled or diminished by our failure or conduct in this life.
3. It is clear, however, that there are rewards to be gained or lost beyond this.
Read: ROM 8:14, ROM 8:17. Verse 14 speaks of those “being led” by the Spirit as “adult sons” (huioi), and verse 17 shows a distinction between heirs and “joint heirs with Christ.” One is unconditional, based on sonship; the other is conditional based on conduct.
Illustration: LUK 15:11-32. The parable of the prodigal illustrates three levels of inheritance: The firstborn, the prodigal as son, and the repentant son. It reinforces also the truth; “many who are first will be last, and the last first” (MAT 19:30).