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The Riches of the Glory of His Inheritance in the Saints
In Ephesians 1:15-18, Paul wanted the Ephesian Christians to fully comprehend the inheritance to which they were privy. By extension, that applies to you as well, if you are in Christ. We share in this together. In Galatians 4:7, Paul wrote,
Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ… (Romans 8:16-17)
I’ve often wondered what it is that Jesus would inherit. I know what the Scriptures teach about it, but I marvel at the thought of it! Normally if a king gave an inheritance to his son, that would be the whole kingdom. Of course, God is never going to die, but that would be the inheritance Jesus received.
What exactly does God rule over?
Jesus received all authority in heaven and on earth from His Father, which He claimed in Matthew 28:18. That’s no big surprise. Jesus is God’s Son. We would expect nothing less. But it’s the nature of the situation that should have us joyously anticipating a fuller understanding.
Jesus was King of kings before His birth
To clarify, we must remember that Jesus predated His birth. John 1:1 says of Jesus,
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.”
And “when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4).
Before Jesus was born to Mary, He was never called the Son of God. He was called “Son” only after His virgin birth. More importantly, Jesus was never inferior to the Father. Everything that the Father enjoyed, Jesus enjoyed because He is God. Add in the Holy Spirit and we have what some have come to label the “Trinity” or as Paul called this, the “Godhead”.
He became King of kings again after His death
Before Jesus was born there was no need to consider Jesus “heir” of anything. He enjoyed fullness of power and might, no less than the Father. But when Jesus was born of the virgin, everything changed. He willingly gave up His place with the Father and took on flesh. He became “no reputation” (Philippians 2:7). Literally, it says He “emptied Himself” and took the form of a human.
At the point of His incarnation, He lost it all. He willingly gave up what no one could demand from Him.
And at the end of His life on earth, after His resurrection, God took Him to heaven and seated Him at the Father’s right hand, giving Him rule, and authority, and power–giving Him His inheritance.
His previous position was now different
This was not a new place for Jesus, but it was new circumstances because NOW Jesus was seated at the throne of God as an exalted HUMAN. That is the essence of Hebrews 1:3-4.
…who being the brightness of [the Father’s] glory and the express image of [the Father’s] person, and upholding all things by the power of His word, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Notice those few words: “having become”. This is an indicator phrase and extremely important, though one might easily miss it. It implies that He was NOT superior to the angels before His death, resurrection, and ascension. However, John 1:1 says Jesus was in the beginning with the Father and WAS God. The only way to harmonize those two statements is to recognize that they are talking about two different stages in the life of Jesus.
On the one hand, John looked at Jesus before He took on flesh. On the other hand, the writer of Hebrews looked at Jesus from the perspective of what happened after He took on that flesh. So John tells us Jesus is equal to the Father and Hebrews tells us that Jesus was inferior to angels and was made greater.
The only difference is that of His HUMANITY.
So as a HUMAN, Jesus was exalted to the position at the right hand of GOD. What an incredible position for a human to find Himself!
The implications are staggering for us. That’s not to suggest that WE will find ourselves in the same position as Jesus, but it does imply that we have incredible honor and glory in the spiritual realms.
There are no basement bedrooms for us up there! Lowly humans have an advocate on the throne of God–another human. That’s great news for us!
Thought Question: When you meet the King one day, will He know who you are?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=””]