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After Peter opens his second letter with an apostolic greeting and blessing he drops this bit of wonderful:

For by these [His own glory and excellence] He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. - 2 Peter 1:4 NASB

Peter sets forth the consequences of two kinds of promises.

The promises given by Father and Jesus our Lord, and the promises made by our flesh.

The promises of God are precious.

They are magnificent.

When we embrace and believe them they lead to an impartation of God’s own nature taking root in our lives.

The other promises mentioned are the lusts of flesh which are underwritten by the lies of this world and it’s god.

Unfortunately, we are inundated by these lies everyday from every side. If you live in the “civilized” world, these liars surround us pressing on us to embrace their promises, to live life to the fullest, to have it all, to follow your heart, achieve your dream, grab the gusto.

These promises the flesh offers, of a brief but real splash of satisfaction, lead to corruption, decay, destruction. They lead to one end. Jesus referred to it in as “eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matt 25:41)

The contrast couldn’t be more stark.

The promises of God conform us to the image of Christ. They take what is true in our spirit and work it out in our whole life. When you received Jesus, when you surrendered your life to Him, according to the promises of God, you became a son of God. (John 1:12, Romans 8:14)

A rabbit trail about being a son…I know it would be more PC for me to say child of God, but in the days the New Testament was written, a daughter would usually not receive an inheritance. She might take a dowry into a marriage, but her future inheritance would come through her husband. So when Paul writes to Rome and tells us we have become sons of God, it was because sons can be heirs. He knew he was writing to men and women as clearly demonstrated by his greetings at the end of the book where he mentions at least three women by name. But he called them sons, so they would understand that men and women in Christ receive the same inheritance!…end of rabbit trail.

The inheritance we receive in Him is not shared, its joint. We don’t get a portion of what the Father gave Jesus, we are joint heirs. This means that everything that the Father gave Jesus is ours by right of inheritance.

So what did the Father give Jesus? (I know you know this, but just because it is so precious and magnificent, I’m going to make it plain.) EVERYTHING!

All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He [the Holy Spirit] takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:15 NASB

Here’s how this works.

You meditate on the precious and magnificent promises and you see what God has already done in your. Your spirit rises up and witnesses to your heart that theses things are true. Your life begins to reflect the truth in your daily walk. You look more like Jesus today because you embraced one of Father’s precious and magnificent promises.

And with each step into your true nature, that inheritance you share with Jesus, you look more like Him. Your life looks like His life. If John’s disciples sent a messenger to you, you could tell them:

the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. - Matthew 11:5 NASB

Now that looks like Jesus!

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...giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. - Colossians 1:12 NASB

In the middle of this prayer Paul prays over the Colossians there is this little phrase “has qualified us to share in the inheritance.”

What qualifies you to gain an inheritance?

That's an easy one, you have to be a son or daughter.

What did God do to qualify us?

He signed the adoption papers—in blood--the precious blood of Jesus.

The only thing He asks of you is that you say yes.

Yes Lord, I want to be your child. Yes Lord, I’m want to join your family.

Yes Lord, take me away from this hellish orphanage run by the devil and his angels.

Yes Lord, be my Abba—my Papa—and I’ll be your beloved son.

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Jesus says:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)

And yet Solomon says:

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, (Proverbs 13:22 NASB)

What’s up here? Should I be setting aside money so that I can leave an inheritance to my grandchildren?

Ok – A few (maybe obvious – but maybe not) observations.

In Matthew it is for yourself, in Proverbs it is for your grandchildren.

In Matthew they are treasures – which might indicate a heart issue beyond the care of those you will leave behind – VS – Solomon’s exhortation to set something aside so family is cared for into the future. Paul tells us in I Timothy 5:8 that if you don't take care of your family you are worse than an infidel, and this would include after your demise.

David Wilkie's "Reading of the Will" - source Wikimedia Commons

Inheritance can be so much more than money too. If you think of the financial blessing of an inheritance, its power is to give them a good starting point. My greatest desire would be that my kids would start their spiritual walk where mine ends.

Paul Simon sang “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor” and that is how it should be when we send our kids into the world, they should be able to start at the pinnacle of our faith. Some of us have the opinion that they should have to lay the same groundwork as we did, but that is not the way an inheritance works. An inheritance lays the groundwork so the next generation can start building the next floor. [Tweet This]

So – while I work on getting my finances in order so that someday there is something to leave my kids and their kids other than alone (or should I say a loan?) my prayer is that they will have a deep understanding (by my standards) of spiritual things, and soar with God to new heights.

~ and for the record – this works with spiritual kids too!

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Ben

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