Hope for an Inheritance

There aren’t any people who I know who do not have use for additional resources for living especially money. Huge battles have taken place over inheritances. All we have to do is just listen to the news about who is fighting over what was left to them by a father or husband. As a relative of a father or husband, people feel entitled to what that person left. They battle because of the Hope for an Inheritance.

Hope for an Inheritance is big in the bible too. In the Holy Bible, inheritance is used 239 times in 203 verses of the KJV. Inheritance occurs 242 times in 217 verses in the NIV. Inheritance occurs 208 times in 176 verses in the ESV. In the Old Testament, inheritance (nachalah) means taking possession, occupation of any thing; to have a share or portion of some thing. In the New Testament, inheritance (klēronomia) means property received by inheritance; what is given to one as a possession. In Christendom, inheritance is the share which an individual will have in that eternal blessedness, the eternal blessedness of the consummated kingdom of God which is to be expected after the visible return of Christ. For those who know Jesus, it is not money but Jesus and the Kingdom of God that is our inheritance.

Money, despite its usefulness, is not the end all and cure-all. God reserves that place for Himself. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Fortunately for us, He is also the one who will take us from the beginning to the end and beyond. As benefactor, God is both Father and Husband of His people; therefore, He is in position to provide an inheritance as He promised which is A Living Hope for those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. This is what Peter was discussing in 1 Peter 1.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, (NIV)

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, (NKJV)

In contrast to money or property that are given as inheritances in this world, our true inheritance is 1. incorruptible contrast to corruptible nature of things on earth. 2. undefiled contrasts with our life and world at the fall of man became tainted by sin. 3. does not fade away contrasts with riches and possession in this world which gets old and the novelty wears away. 4. reserved in heaven for you contrasts with the things of this world which anyone can have, but the treasure of heaven is reserved for those who know God through Jesus as Lord and Savior.

There is so much more about our inheritance. Believers should be trust God not man as they Hope for an Inheritance.


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