TRUTH: Improper Behavior = No Inheritance

In regards to an inheritance, Billionaire Warren Buffett has been quoted as saying that the inheritance should be “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.” Wealthy parents have concern over whether their grandchildren or children will make sound decisions or whether they can be trusted with huge sums of money. Since I don’t from a financially or materially rich family, I do not have to worry about that, but I do know that wealthy grandparents and parents often attach conditions for which a child must comply in order to receive their inheritance. One popular vehicle to accomplish that is a trust. In a trust, making sound financial decisions are put in the hands of someone else called the trustee. The trustee ensures that the child holds to the conditions. TRUTH: Improper Behavior = No Inheritance

In spiritual terms, the Apostle Paul outlines how God assesses our behavior to determine whether we will receive a spiritual inheritance. In Ephesians 5, Paul continues to express how a true follower of Christ lives as opposed to those who are not true followers. One’s behavior reveals whether one is a true follower of Christ, a true child of God; thus, whether the inheritance will be given.

Ephesians 5

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

While behavior appears to be the only condition that one will receive a spiritual inheritance, I want to assure you that the Word of God maintains that a person is justified by faith apart from the works or by solely obeying commands. TRUTH: Improper Behavior = No Inheritance

In the context of text, Paul has established and is presenting that a new man or new woman results out of being born again. That is why the term is used. He was explaining to the Ephesians the changes of heart and mind that occur and the resulting changes in behavior that follow. We all would agree that none of us is perfect; however, we also would agree that if we continue in behaviors after promising to stop or curtail them that we lie or deceive ourselves. That is why he calls for them to “let no one deceive you with empty words”  Paul was quite clear that with no change of heart, mind and actions that the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. TRUTH: Improper Behavior = No Inheritance

TRUTH: Improper Behavior = No Inheritance. The person who professes to follow Christ and does not imitate Christ cannot partake in the inheritance of eternal life. In Matthew 16:24, Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” In Ephesians 1, Paul had established how believers obtain their inheritance. He said, “13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” This points to the fact that the true believer in Christ is indwelt by the Holy Spirit who is a pledge of our inheritance by convicting us concerning sin, and righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8)

As such, it is impossible for the true follower of Christ to continue on in the same sin and have been saved, redeemed, regenerated, restored, etc. Have you assessed your level of obedience? Have you checked to see if you regard God’s call to holiness as real in your life?  TRUTH: Improper Behavior = No Inheritance. 

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