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Securing our Inheritance

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2007

 

As a loving Father, the Lord has provided rich earthly, and eternal, inheritance for his beloved children (Proverbs 13:22, Romans 8:17, 2 Peter 1:3). Let us be aware of these blessed inheritances (Hosea 4:6), through giving God’s Word our first priority, and being obedient to the Lord’s instructions (Mark 4:19). This will ensure we do not forfeit experiencing the amazing love, and goodness, of the Lord which comes through diligently heeding HIS Word (John 14:21). The Lord says: Blessed is the man… his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night (Psalm 1:1-2). To meditate God’s Word, day and night, requires a calculated adjustment of our priorities and lifestyle. As we prioritize meditating HIS Word we will be positioning ourselves to receive HIS blessing!

 

In this teaching we will examine how we can secure our earthly and eternal inheritances. In addition, we will look at the subjects of: justification, the unforgivable sin, and sowing and reaping. As some Christians are uncertain as to the security of their eternal life, we will give Scriptural certainty regarding God’s promise of eternal life, and outline under what circumstances it is possible to lose the gift of eternal life.

 

Jesus of Nazareth came from heaven to earth (John 3:13), was born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23), lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21), died on the cross of Calvary as a sin-substitute for humanity (Luke 23:33, 1 Peter 2:24), offered his blood as payment to remit the sins of the world (Matthew 26:28, Ephesians 1:7, Revelation 1:5), and rose from the dead to declare his righteousness for all those who believe: that he offered his blood to remit our sins and was resurrected for our justification (Romans 3:25, 4:25, 10:9-10).

 

As we are unable to remit our own sins (Romans 3:20), God sent Jesus to deliver us from our sins (John 1:29). Because our sins have condemned us, no one can be justified in God’s sight through their own good works (Galatians 2:16). Righteousness can only be attained one way, through faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6, Romans 3:22, 10:3-4). All those who trust in: Christ’s shed blood to remit their sins, Christ's resurrection for their justification, and confess Jesus as their Lord, are saved and will go to heaven (John 3:16, Romans 10:13, 1 John 5:13). All those who are not trusting in Christ’s shed blood to remit their sins, and his resurrection for their justification, and do not confess Jesus as their Lord, remain in their condemned state with the terrible consequence of spending eternity separated from God in hell (John 3:18, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9), and eventually the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). So the key issue concerning our going to heaven is: do we have faith in what Jesus Christ has done, and have we confessed Jesus Christ as our Lord? The essential element in securing our eternal righteousness is Jesus Christ – it is what HE has accomplished for us, and our faith needs to be in HIM!

 

The New Covenant is a blood covenant, between the Father God and his Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:12). As the ‘Son of Man’, Jesus represents humanity in the covenant (Matthew 20:28). The new covenant is an enduring covenant of peace and love (Isaiah 54:10), as both Jesus and the Father are perfect. Any human can freely enter into this covenant through faith in Jesus Christ (1st Timothy 2:3-6). When anyone has faith in Christ they become a new righteous creature (Ephesians 4:24), and an heir of God (Galatians 4:7). Faith is the only way into the benefits of the eternal covenant (Hebrews 11:6). When we enter into the covenant our spirit is re-created as righteous, and seated on God’s throne in Christ, at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20, 2:6, Revelation 3:21).

 

The only way we can lose our position on the throne and remove ourselves from the covenant is to choose to do so. Hebrews 10:29 is a key passage with regard to this issue: counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing. The Greek word ‘hegeomai’ translated counted means: ‘look upon, consider something as something’ (Walter Bauer’s Greek-English Lexicon, The University of Chicago Press, 1979, p.343). In other words, an aspect of a person who may lose their salvation is to look upon the blood of Jesus and consider it as unholy. The Greek word ‘koinos’ translated unholy means: ‘consider something unclean’ (Bauer p.438). God will always respect our free will (Deuteronomy 30:19). If we freely choose to look upon Jesus’ blood as unclean, then Scripture indicates we are placing ourselves in a position to be eternally punished by the Lord (Hebrews 10:29).

 

Through the New Covenant, Jesus achieved remission of all of the sins of the world (Hebrews 10:12). The judgement for sin is finished. When we sin as a Christian, God does not remove us from our position in Christ and ‘kick us out’ of the covenant. It is not a covenant of judgement, but rather of mercy, as Jesus bore our judgement and provides mercy for humanity (John 3:17, 1 John 2:1-2, Isaiah 54:8-10). The sin, however, that may cause us to be removed from the covenant is to consider Jesus’ blood as unclean (1 John 5:16). This sin against the blood of Jesus is sinning against the very basis of what brought us into the covenant. This is the sin unto death, or the unforgivable sin. The unforgivable sin is when a Christian determines to no longer believe that the blood of Jesus is holy. This unbelief comes against the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

 

The unforgivable sin is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32). The Holy Spirit has come to convict the world of the sin of not believing in Jesus Christ (John 16:7-9). To count the blood of the covenant (the blood of Jesus) as unholy is to do despite (‘insult, outrage’, Bauer, p. 270) unto the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29). This is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, as it is speaking against, and insulting, the person of the Holy Spirit by rejecting the critical element of the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing us to faith in Christ - which is the holiness of Jesus' blood.

 

Let’s now look at two categories of people with regard to their eternal destiny:

  • Those who have never been born again are in a separated state from God. If this state is not rectified through repentance and trust in the redeeming blood of Christ, and his resurrection, for their justification, and if they do not confess Jesus Christ as their Lord, they will remain separated and suffer the terrible result of eternity in hell (John 3:3, 5, 7, Acts 2:38, 4:12, Romans 3:19, 6:23).
  • Born Again Christians are saved and will go to heaven unless they commit the unforgivable sin. When a born again Christian commits the unforgivable sin, they are removed from their position in Christ and, they can never return again to that righteous position. It would have been better for them never to have believed in Christ in the first place (2 Peter 2:20-21). Those born again Christians who commit the unforgivable sin have no further opportunity of repentance unto salvation and will spend eternity in hell (Hebrews 6:4-6, 10:26-31). God is the judge of whether someone has committed the unforgivable sin.

 

Earthly inheritance is attained through faith in the promises of the Word of God (Hebrews 6:12, 2 Peter 1:4) and through obediently walking with the Holy Spirit. Sin robs us from receiving the fullness of our earthly inheritance (Galatians 5:19-21), as we cannot sin and walk by faith, as faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), and sin is the opposite to love (Matthew 22:36-40).

 

Eternal inheritance, or making it to heaven, is attained by becoming born of God - through faith (1 John 5:1, 13). Eternal rewards, or attaining riches in heaven, are accrued through being obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, and building with the Word of God using gold, silver, and precious stones (Matthew 6:20, 1 Corinthians 3:12). Sin robs us of the fullness of our eternal rewards, as whilst we are sinning we harden our hearts, and make it more difficult to bear fruit which will survive the judgement of fire, which will try all our works (1 Corinthians 3:13-14, Hebrews 3:8).

 

Sowing and reaping: when we sin we will reap corruption in this life (Galatians 6:7-8). Sin is detrimental to receiving our earthly inheritance, and accruing eternal rewards. None of us, however, is without sin (1 John 1:8). The Scripture even gives us an example of a vile Christian not being prohibited from receiving eternal life (1 Corinthians 5:5, Luke 15:11-32). Through the work of the cross, Jesus has provided salvation even for sinful Christians, as the gift of eternal life is based on faith in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ and confession of Jesus as Lord (Romans 3:19-28, 4:13, 5:1,9, 10:4,9-10, Galatians 2:16,21).

 

Conclusion: as we continue to exercise our faith in the cleansing blood of Jesus, and his resurrection, even if we experience failures in our struggle against sin, we are assured of God’s faithfulness in securing our eternal wellbeing. The gift of eternal life is not based on our performance, or adherence to law, but rather it is a gift from God, received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

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