Heirs of God

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Galatians 4:4-7

The dictionary defines heritage as the right to inherit a person has by law or by will. A second definition is the set of properties, money and assets as well as rights, legally received from a person when he or she dies. Third, inheritance is the process by which a number of characteristics are transmitted from parents to children through genes. Finally, heritage is also the set of ideas or features get from a previous circumstance or person.

As stated by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians, God sent His Son to redeem mankind which was irretrievably lost by sin. The law, i.e. the Commandments, tell us very clearly how far we meet God’s standard and our inability to save ourselves by our own means. Redemption comes only by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and to receive Him into our hearts, we acquired the status of children of God because then we are adopted by God.

As children of God we have the right to be his heirs through Christ. What are we going to inherit God? Says Psalm 2:8: Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. Our Heavenly Father urges us to ask the nations as inheritance and be able to expand His Kingdom on Earth to the ends. Therefore, we ask that heritage and claim every nation for Christ because they are part of the heritage that our Heavenly Father wants to give us.

Our heritage also involves the transmission of the characteristics of our Father for us. These characteristics come to us through the spiritual genes that are transmitted to us through His Spirit. By becoming a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), the characteristics of our Father be in us as the fruit of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

The last definition of inheritance refers to the set of ideas or features get from a previous circumstance or person. What person precedes us? What features we who precedes us? Romans 8:29 gives us the answer to the first question: For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. The answer to the second question is given Ephesians 5:2: And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. God bless you.

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