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 him."
There is a picture of Jesus, foretold before He died
on the cross. It is the parable of the householder who
planted a vineyard. He rented it out to husbandmen and
went into a far country. And when the time came for
the fruit to be gathered, he sent his servants to
bring some of it to him. Those servants represented
the prophets. Finally the householder sent his own
son, and the husbandmen said, "Let us kill him, for he
is the heir." Jesus was the Heir of all that God
You and I, God says, are heirs with the Lord Jesus
Christ. There is a passage about that in Galatians
4:1. "Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a
child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be
lord of all; but he is under tutors and governors
until the time appointed of the father." Now he is
using human analogy for spiritual truth. He is talking
about an heir in human circles. Here is a little
child, a five-year-old boy, and that child is HEIR to
his f ...
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