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The Heavenly Birthright

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"...those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance."
(Hebrews 9:15)

Testator: "A man who leaves a will, or testament, in force at his death." (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary") When my sister, Mandy, passed away recently she left an inheritance to be divided evenly among her three children. The children had done nothing to deserve the gift of the money she left to them. It belonged to each of them simply because they were Mandy's sons and daughter and it was a natural thing to receive the money from her estate because of her love for them and them for her.

God's promised heavenly inheritance is much the same. Because we are God's children, we will naturally receive all He has for us. Scripture emphasizes the need for the testator of a will or testament to have first died in order for His children (inheritors) to be able to receive the spiritual inheritance laid up in Heaven. "For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." (Hebrews 9:16)

Just as my sister's children did nothing in order to receive their inheritance, except to love her as their mother, so also do we love the One who died for us, Jesus Christ, whom we accept as our Lord and Savior and God, thus becoming children of the Father. "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26) We too, inherit our place in the heavenly kingdom reserved for us.

The Apostle Paul continues this theme with his epistle to the Colossians. "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." (Colossians 3:23-24)

Our heavenly inheritance is not like "...treasures on earth", as Jesus warns, "...where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal..." (Matthew 6:19)

Just as the Apostle Peter tells us,

    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you..."
    (1 Peter 1:3,4)

Are you a child of the King of kings? If you don't know, look into what it is you may be missing. The Apostle Paul continues to pray for us,
    "...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints..." (Ephesians 1:17, 18)

If you know you are a child of the Father who loves you, rejoice! You can then be assured of the words the Spirit gave me to write "He is with Me." (God's Comfort For Today's Needs)

In Memoriam
Mandena Trigonis Savides 1917-2003

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