AN INHERITANCE BEYOND WORDS
Rom. 6:4-5 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ¶ For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
One of the things that takes the sting out of the death of a loved one is the inheritance they leave behind. I know I miss my dad, but I enjoy the fruit of his inheritance everyday of my life. One of the great spiritual mysteries is the great inheritance we have in Christ. He identified with us in His humanity so that we could be joined with Him in eternity. The great inheritance that we have as Christians is Christ Himself. He has purchased us with His death so that we would be married to Him for eternity. Check out Spurgeon’s thoughts on our eternal connection to Christ.
“In the everlasting settlements of predestinating wisdom and omnipotent decree, the eye of the Lord Jesus was ever fixed on us; and we may rest assured that in the whole roll of destiny there is not a line which militates against the interests of his redeemed. The great betrothal of the Prince of Glory is ours, for it is to us that he is affianced (engaged), as the sacred nuptials shall ere long declare to an assembled universe. The marvelous incarnation of the God of heaven, with all the amazing condescension and humiliation which attended it, is ours. The bloody sweat, the scourge, the cross, are ours forever. Whatever blissful consequences flow from perfect obedience, finished atonement, resurrection, ascension, or intercession, all are ours by his own gift. Upon his breastplate he is now bearing our names; and in his authoritative pleadings at the throne he remembers our persons and pleads our cause. His dominion over principalities and powers, and his absolute majesty in heaven, he employs for the benefit of them who trust in him. His high estate is as much at our service as was his condition of abasement.”
Often, the valuables left behind fade and lose their worth quickly. For the few who leave a large financial inheritance, loved ones enjoy that inheritance for the rest of this life. Even the largest estates cannot be enjoyed after this life. When we die we leave it all behind. Christ has purchased for us an inheritance that will never age and will last through eternity. He has purchased something that no money could ever acquire. Jesus secured an eternal relationship with Him for us. This is not just a casual acquaintance, our relationship with the Lord is pictured as the bond between man and wife. The Lord could not have painted a more intimate picture than the image of married bliss. Even the happiest marriages pale in comparison to the life He has secured for each of us through eternity. So if you are a Christian you are wealthier than you can imagine. You will only see a small measure of your inheritance in this life, but in the life to come it will be an inheritance beyond words.