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What is our inheritance?

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 15, 2010

From Scotty Smith in Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father:

We’re not just in God’s family; we’re in God’s future and estate. In his opening remarks to believers in Colossae, Paul refers to God as ‘the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of life. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son he loves.’

Once again, notice the filial language here: God is presented as the Father who qualifies the unqualified to become his own sons and daughters. Next, the issue of family inheritance is introduced as a part of our adoption. Because we have been legally constituted sons and daughters of God, we have been made his legal heirs. For adopted children, inheritance is not a wage-earning category, but a grace-gift category.

So what kind of inheritance are we talking about? Everyone united by faith to Jesus, our elder Brother, will inherit the entire earth (Matthew 5:5)—that is, all the perfections and wonder of life in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-22:6). How staggering! What measureless riches are ours in Jesus! The day is coming when all things will be united in Jesus, our elder Brother, “things in heaven and things on earth,” for he is making all things new (Ephesians 1:10). Though we await acquisition of this inheritance, it is already legally ours (Scotty Smith, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, pp. 73-74).

Cruciform Press is releasing Reclaiming Adoption on 1.1.11.

  • John Fonville

    Excellent post! What unbelievably good news!

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