A Great Spiritual Inheritance

10 Reasons We Know We Are Wealthy in Christ Jesus

By Beth K Fortune
  • April 18, 2015

With the exception of the sound of shuffling papers, the room is quiet while a family waits to hear what they will inherit from a deceased loved one. No matter how much wealth the person had, though, one thing is most certainly true: His or her resources won’t last forever.

In his message “Wealthy Saints,” Dr. Stanley reminds us that God has “blessed [his children] with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). This gift has nothing to do with our behavior or performance. We receive it only because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

How do we know our spiritual inheritance from God is so great? When we read Ephesians 1:1-14, we see that it comes from:

  1. His Will: His will is for us to receive all that He has for us.

  2. His Grace: It’s His unmerited, undeserved favor.

  3. His Glory: It’s His desire to glorify Himself by bequeathing to us spiritual wealth.

  4. His Power: It’s His power that creates all, preserves all, and provides all.

  5. His Love: Why has He bequeathed to us all we will ever need? He loves us.

  6. His Pleasure: It gives Him great joy to give to His children.

  7. His Purpose: Before the foundation of the world, He planned our inheritance.

  8. His Calling: He calls us into salvation, sanctification, and service.

  9. His Inheritance: Our name is on His will for eternity.

  10. His Workmanship: We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.

We will never have to worry about someone contesting or trying to steal this inheritance. It is guaranteed by God, who has written our names in the Lamb’s book of life. So let’s not live in spiritual poverty, but instead take advantage of the never-ending riches available to us in Christ Jesus.

Listen as Dr. Stanley describes the riches we have as children of God in his message “Wealthy Saints” from the series, Discovering Our True Identity.

Related Topics:  Spiritual Life  |  Gods Will  |  Sovereignty

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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight

9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him

10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him

11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.

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