• Jack Selcher

A Mysterious Nontaxable Inheritance

Three people slept in my childhood bedroom. It was 11 feet by 11 feet with at least two dressers. My oldest brother had a twin bed. My twin brother and I were assigned to a double bed. An invisible line divided my twin’s side of the bed from mine. Trespassing wasn’t tolerated. We regularly tested the strength of our sheets and blankets. We’d clamp them under our arms and roll in opposite directions. Generosity wasn’t in our dictionary. By contrast, let’s consider God’s staggering grace, generosity, and the unbelievable value He places on you.

On earth the giver dies before an inheritance is received. The inheritance isn’t inexhaustible. Moreover, you can enjoy it only as long as you live. You usually share in it with others. It often creates family feuds. Fairness is in the eyes of the beholder. The bias is toward thinking you’re not getting all you deserve. By contrast, God is incredibly generous.

The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it. He owns it all. He gives it to whomever He chooses (Psalm 24:1). He set aside the Promised Land as a safe place, a resting place from enemies and an inheritance for the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 12:9, 10; Leviticus 20:24). He didn’t have to die to do that. But, His Son had to die so you could receive an eternal, inexhaustible inheritance.

He promised Abraham land, descendants and blessing (Genesis 12:1-3; Acts 7:50). “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). God, through grace, gave an inheritance to Abraham through a promise (Galatians 3:18). Through grace, He gives you an inheritance through a promise as well (John 3:16).

Problems arose when the Israelites believed the inhabitants of the land were bigger than God’s promise (Numbers 13:33). On the other hand, Aaron had no land, but God promised: “I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites” (Numbers 18:20, NIV). He’s your share too! On earth, others may receive land, houses, and financial gifts. If you’re a believer, you get God! As He was for Abraham, He is your very great reward (Genesis 15:1). Others might inherit an earthly fortune, but you get a Heavenly Father!

What I find incredible is that the children of Israel are called God’s inheritance (Deuteronomy 9:26, 29; 1 Samuel 10:1; 1 Kings 8:51). So are all who believe in Jesus. It’s mysterious. I can’t explain it. It seems like God is celebrating receiving a rebellious bag of dirt as a gift! We are His eternal inheritance. He’ll never forsake us (Psalm 94:14). All the nations are His inheritance (Psalm 82:8). That’s not all people without exception, but all believers without distinction.

As God provided a prepared place for the Israelites, He’s prepared an eternal place for you (John 14:3). It’s part of your inheritance. It’s a safe place. It’s a resting place from enemies. It’s a reward for working for Him with all your heart (Colossians 3:23-24). It’s eternal (Hebrews 9:15). It can’t perish, spoil or fade. It’s kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4). It belongs to all who are set apart for God’s purposes (Acts 20:32).The Holy Spirit is a deposit guaranteeing it (Ephesians 1:18). Your inheritance isn’t so much a mansion in the world to come as it is God Himself. Even more mysterious, you are His inheritance!

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