A STUDY OF OUR INHERITANCE
Jesse M. Hendley
Romans 8:17, Matthew 21:38
Now, friends, if you have Bibles, turn with me to one
of the greatest chapters of the Bible, Romans 8, and
also Matthew 21:38. We are studying today "An Heir"---
the heir that we become when we believe on the Lord
Jesus. We are "heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ,"
Now we have studied our POSSESSIONS that we receive,
the property that we inherit from God when we believe.
It is the Greek word kleronomia, a wonderful word: our
"inheritance." And we do well to keep our eyes on that
which is OURS, now. We haven't realized it yet in
fullness, because we must go on to be with Him first.
An heir doesn't receive all that comes to him (though
it has been PROMISED to him) until a certain time, and
with us it is when we go Home to be WITH Him.
Now we are studying today, "heir," kleronomos. It
comes from kleros, meaning "a lot or an allotted
portion," and nemomai, meaning, "to possess." To
possess an allotted portion that has been given to
you! So it means an HEIR or a POSSESSOR.
When you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you become a
possessor of things---immediately---that you could
never possess any other way! That's why people are so
foolish to shut God out of their lives. How many
people today, if they could fall heir to a million
dollars, would do anything in the WORLD to come to
that place where it would be their right to receive
that million dollars! Well, God, by our faith in the
Lord Jesus, makes us HEIR of all that He has! We
become immensely wealthy when we simply believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ.
Now let's see about this word HEIR or POSSESSOR from
the Word of God. The first passage is Matthew 21:38.
"But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among
themselves, THIS IS THE HEIR. Come, let us kill him,
and let us seize his inheritance! And they caught him
and cast him out of the vineyard and slew h ...
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