TRUTH: You Have Obtained an Inheritance!


According to Wikipedia, The World’s Billionaires is an annual ranking by net worth of the world’s wealthiest billionaires compiled and published in March annually by Forbes magazine. The list was first published in March 1987.  For 2017, the U.S. continues to have the most billionaires in the world, with a record of 565. China has 319 (this does not include Hong Kong with 67 and Macau with 1), Germany has 114 and India has the fourth most with 101; India has reached over 100 billionaires for its first time. This year there was a record of 2,043 people on the list, which is the first time over 2,000 people were listed, that included 195 newcomers that included 76 from China and 25 from the U.S.; there were 56 people under 40 and it had a record of 227 women. On the Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires, this is the fourth year in a row that Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world. The number of billionaires increased 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 in 2016; this is the biggest change in over 30 years of tracking billionaires globally.

Here are the top 10 billionaires.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of
wealth
1 Steady Bill Gates $86.0 billion Increase 41  United States Microsoft
2 Increase Warren Buffett $75.6 billion Increase 86   United States Berkshire
Hathaway
3 Increase Jeff Bezos $72.8 billion Increase 53  United States Amazon.com
4 Decrease Amancio Ortega $71.3 billion Increase 80  Spain Inditex, Zara
5 Increase Mark Zuckerberg $56.0 billion Increase 32  United States Facebook
6 Decrease Carlos Slim $54.5 billion Increase 77  Mexico América Móvil,
Grupo Carso
7 Steady Larry Ellison $52.2 billion Increase 72  United States Oracle
Corporation
8 Increase Charles Koch $48.3 billion Increase 81  United States Koch Industries
8 Increase David Koch $48.3 billion Increase 76  United States Koch Industries
10 Decrease Michael Bloomberg $47.5 billion Increase 65  United States Bloomberg L.P.

What if one of the top ten billionaires told you the TRUTH: You Have Obtained an Inheritance! In financial terms, almost all of us would be ultra excited to know that you had a share in 47.5 billion dollars to 86 billion dollars. Undoubtedly, you lifestyle would change to some degree. It would reflect more of the financial wealth that you had inherited. Depending on the amount that one had access coupled with one’s willingness to spend or share, lives or lifestyles would truly be different.

Similarly, but in spiritual terms, the Apostle Paul tells us the TRUTH: You Have Obtained an Inheritance! The question is whether your life is different as it would have been had the inheritance was financial. Let’s read.

Ephesians 1:3-11

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, (ESV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (NIV)

11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, (NASB)

What is the TRUTH: You Have Obtained an Inheritance! The Apostle Paul is telling the Ephesians that God, through Jesus Christ, has adopted some people as sons or children and as such we have obtained an inheritance. Again, John 1:12 clarifies who are the children of God. Furthermore, Galatians 3:26 tells us “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” It is only through Jesus Christ that mankind becomes a member of God’s family and thus receives an inheritance. Listen to 1 Peter 1:3-5.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” As God’s children by being born again or the new birth, Christians are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:16, 17). Their inheritance is called “salvation” (v. 5; Heb. 1:14, crf)

Now, you know the TRUTH: You Have Obtained an Inheritance! If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have become a child of God and thus will receive your inheritance of eternal life. Billions cannot buy you a relationship with the Almighty God nor can it buy you “an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away.” What will you do? Will you become a child of God or will you continue to be an object of God’s wrath?  “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36) Believe in Jesus and follow Him.

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