WHAT IS INHERITANCE?
Updated: May 11, 2020
Terry Casales - February 24, 2020
The word "Inheritance" has different definitions. Inheritance can be defined as, “something that is or may be inherited; property passing at the owner's death to the heir or those entitled to succeed; legacy.”
Some people have a “last will and testament” drawn up by a lawyer which details the specifics of the distribution of their estate to those they decide, to those they deem worthy/entitled of receiving it - whose names are to be written in it - to the recipients of that inheritance.
The word “will” means, “to decide, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of the will.”
When a person draws out a will, he/she is intentionally making decisions about who he/she desires to receive their inheritance. The names of those the person has decided to receive this inheritance are determined and outlined by this legal document. This document is a set of instructions by the person for those listed in it.
Many people when they have children, choose to draw up a “living will” just in case something happens to them before their children grow up to be adults, to ensure their children are provided for and cared for after they are gone.
An inheritance is made up of everything the person has worked for up until the time of death — it is everything he/she has spent and given his/her lifetime to — everything he/she has paid the price and sacrificed for — accumulate, to be able to pass on to the next generation. It is every parent’s desire to pave the way for their children to live and to have the inheritance of a better life than they did. What drives his/her desire is for them to be able surpass him/her and to take what he/she did further, to the next level — to help bring about the best chances for them to succeed — to pass on the baton to them, if you will.
Inheritance is usually a gift that a person gives away to the people he/she loves — it is a reward they give to their children and to their family members. It is an investment a person makes for the future of his/her family. An inheritance is designed to be passed on to the next generation. An inheritance is not something the heirs have done anything to earn — it is a gift of love.
Thank God that we know, as believers and followers of Jesus, that He, Jesus, is our Inheritance through His finished work on the Cross! Jesus paid the ultimate price to reconcile us to the Father and to leave us His legacy — His gift — our birth right as the sons and daughters of God the Father — in the Person of the Holy Spirit.
But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you. - John 14:26 (TPT)
“And this is my covenant promise with them,” says Lord Yahweh. “From now on, my Holy Spirit will rest on them and not depart from them, and my prophetic words will fill their mouths and will not depart from them, nor from their children, nor from their descendants, from now on and forever,” says Lord Yahweh. - Isaiah 59:21 (TPT)
And this is no empty hope, for God himself is the one who has prepared us for this wonderful destiny. And to confirm this promise, he has given us the Holy Spirit, like an engagement ring, as a guarantee. - 2 Corinthians 5:5 (TPT)
Jesus gave up everything He was entitled to in Heaven and came down to earth to live among us. Jesus invested His life on earth to leave us the divine blueprint that we would inherit to live the blessed and abundant life that we are created to live. The moment Jesus gave up His Spirit, He fulfilled the conditions of what was written in His last will and testament for us — the new covenant! In Jesus’ last will and testament He declared that He paid the price for our sin once and for all when He said, "It is finished!" This is an irrevocable document signed and sealed with the Blood of Christ!! It was signed, sealed and delivered to the Courts of Heaven!!
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.- Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. - Hebrews 9:15 (NKJV)
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Romans 5:18 (NKJV)
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. - Colossians 3:23-25 (NKJV)
The moment we received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, our names were written in the Lamb’s book of life - His book of inheritance - those who received His eternal inheritance.
27 But there shall by no means enter it anything [a]that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. - Revelation 21:27 (NKJV)
As new creations in Christ, we became co-heirs with Jesus, with access to the fullness of everything God the Father has and is. When our old man died on the Cross, was buried and resurrected with Christ, our Heavenly Father bequeathed everything that He has to us through the new covenant!
17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. - Romans 8:17 (NKJV)
Since we became sons and daughters of God in Christ, our names were legally written in Jesus’ will — His new covenant!
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become l of God, to those who believe in His name - John 1:12 (NKJV)
Because of the new covenant, in Christ, we have the legal right to become the children of God!
Glory to God!!