Revolutionary Papers: June 28, 2019
When you can’t get your Inheritance.
I’m not sure about you but I’m someone that needs answers. I have to know, there’s no getting around it. And once I think that I know a thing, I have to be sure that it works practically. This can be quite a challenge theologically as most theologians, scholars, teachers & preachers are content with theory superimposed on practical life advice. As you can tell from my other series regarding living by faith, this has never been an option for me.
When I read the words of Christ or the teachings of the Apostles, I believe them. And I start looking for ways to practically walk it out. That sounds pious, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t look very pious when I fail to understand something or work out exactly how to receive it, that’s for sure. I guess it’s the idea that everything depends on this word being true that can cause me to entertain Heaven with my tantrums and rants for hours, even days. If the Bible declares that something is mine or that God wants me to have or to experience something, I won’t rest until it’s mine.
So the issue of inheritance was a real challenge to me.
When you read what Christ said in Matthew 5:5, you can come away with a sense of it being a future promise that really doesn’t have much impact on your daily life. Funny how we do that, isn’t it? The Son of God has said that the biblically meek will inherit the earth. And we push this away into the distant future once we’re dead. I suppose that is in part due to the fact that it’s in the future that we can see this as being true (remember what hope is?). But Christ meant it for now, inside of the Kingdom of God being manifested on this earth by its citizens.
That’s a big statement.
Christ did not redeem you for a beautiful Christian life of normalcy and middle class prosperity. He redeemed you so that through you he could continue his mission on this earth, putting all of his enemies under his feet and extending Eden across the earth until the Father moves in forever.
The direct tie to this verse in Matthew is the usage of the word in Ephesians 1:11:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Note that in Matthew Christ is recorded as saying that the meek shall inherit? Here is Paul teaching that we have already received this inheritance. I can hear my theological snob friends now expounding on how many times in scripture, it may be but it’s not yet. And that’s true and fine but we can’t afford to leave it there, content with it being not yet.
To understand this, we need to see the categories of promises that God employs:
With an elective promise, this is something that God did sovereignly and has nothing to do with your actions.
An atonement benefit is something accomplished by Christ on your behalf that must be rested in, not actively appropriated by faith.
A conditional promise is a promise open to all that seek it by faith, provided they meet the requirements.
An unconditional promise has no preconditions other than procuring faith.