I Am Their Inheritance

TODAY’S READING: EZEKIEL 44-46

“This shall be their inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.” – Ezekiel 44:28

The their in this sentence is the Levites, or the priests. More specifically, it is the Levites that are the sons of Zadok. The name Zadok means just or righteous. The priests that are sons of the just or righteous receive no possession in the land of Israel. However, God is their inheritance.

But, who are the priests, the sons of Zadok?

In 1 Peter 2:9, Peter says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.”

Revelation 1:5-6 says, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father.”

All those that are loved by Jesus and have been freed from their sins by the power of the cross are priests. And, as priests we do not receive an inheritance in the land of Israel, a physical inheritance, but we receive God himself as our inheritance.

In the gospels, Jesus speaks of inheriting the kingdom that was prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Also, Jesus is asked several times what must be done to inherit eternal life.

In the rest of the New Testament, we read of inheriting the kingdom of God.

Luke 17:20-21 says, “Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered the, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.'” So, the kingdom of God is not a physical thing to be seen, but it is something in the midst of us, in our hearts.

Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Remember in Matthew 6 Jesus told us not to go seeking after what we need to eat and drink and wear but to seek first the kingdom of God.

In Galatians 5, Paul says that those who do the works of the flesh will not inherit the kingdom. The very next sentence is “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Paul is saying that when you have the kingdom in your heart, then you will display the fruit of the Spirit. So, the kingdom that we inherit is the fruit of the Spirit. Notice how Paul’s statement about the fruit of the Spirit is expanded version of what he says about the kingdom of God.

So, we do not inherit a physical kingdom, but the kingdom of God. Indeed, we inherit God himself. And, this means that we inherit wisdom and life.

This is what Paul speaks of in Ephesians 1:17-18, which says, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”

 

Our inheritance is Jesus, wisdom, eternal life, God in our hearts.

4 Replies to “I Am Their Inheritance”

  1. Thank you, Steve, and praise be to God, for the revelations in today’s reading. May God reach and bless many people through it.

    Reading this reminds me of how a few years back Jesus revealed to me that He is our Sabbath Rest. We must rest in Him, mustn’t we? When He was on the cross He said ‘It is finished.’ The work He came to do to make the way of our salvation was finished. So we need ‘do’ nothing to merit salvation, Jesus has done it all.

    I suspect you believe this as well. This whole idea excites me so much that a few Sundays ago I shared it in the church my husband and I attend. It was not well received. I guess I must be patient and realize that God will open the eyes and reveal the truth to whosoever He will. I cannot force others to see or accept what He has revealed to me. It saddens my heart though. Well, matter for prayer, huh? Your thoughts?

    I have just recently discovered many testimonies by Moslem people online who are being reached by Jesus through their dreams, and are turning from Islam to Jesus. One of them referred to Jesus as the God of the Christians (!!!) I was astounded! Ex-Moslems are preaching Jesus in vibrant dynamic joy that I have never heard in the many churches I have been a part of in my life.

    Several years ago Jesus revealed to me that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I have never heard this in any church, before or after that revelation to me. How can it be that men who have been educated in our seminaries do not seem to have this knowledge? And the sermons they preach are of little to no substance?

    Thank you for allowing yourself to be used as a vessel of God to bless others with what He has blessed you. And praise to God for the internet and that at least for now we can use it for furthering God’s kingdom and extend encouragement in the Lord.

    Hallelujah!
    Your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Mrs. Ann Cantrell

  2. P.S. The wonderful things I have now read in only two (so far) of your articles have more Biblical substance in them than many years of attending different churches of different denominations and hearing their sermons. I have been greatly and deeply encouraged in the Lord and by the Lord through your ministry.

    All praise to God!
    Mrs. Ann Cantrell

  3. Another P.S.

    … many churches, that is until recently. Praise to God He has led us to a body of believers that we can meet with in love and joy.

  4. Thank you for your encouraging comments. My only goal is to reveal Jesus through what the Holy Spirit shows me. Sometimes that doesn’t resonate with everyone. The Lord has certainly grown in having patience for everyone and where they are in their journey. I still have a long way to go on that.

    I have to remind myself that it has taken me seven years of daily Bible reading and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to me every day plus reading hundreds of other books in that time to change my beliefs from the standard evangelical/Protestant way of thinking. Plus, by nature, I am a person that does not hold to tradition. Therefore, I cannot expect others to get it overnight because of one post I write or one thing I say.

    As to your question early in your first post, yes we are to rest in Jesus. Literally, he is all we need. For anything and everything.

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