Heirs to Eternal Life

If you’ve fallen like me, then you have found yourselves in a dream world where money is no problem and many respect your upscale economic status. If you’re like me, then you didn’t come from a wealthy family nor do you presently live according to the rich of this age. Perhaps, like mine, your parents or grandparents didn’t leave you any inheritance—and never will. You’ve had friends who have been blessed with a generous inheritance, but you can only sit from time to time and dream how it would feel to be a beneficiary of remarkable wealth.

For the believer in Christ, I think there is more to our desire to inherit than our love for money. Although our American money-hungry empire influences our fantasy world to dream about a better place where only money can take us, our fascination has something right: we were made to be heirs. A believer who has been redeemed by the blood of Christ is now an heir in the body of Christ.

And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life. (Titus 3:7 NET)

Heirs of a Priceless Inheritance

Paul reminds us what it means to be an heir. An heir is someone who receives something as a gift due to a relationship with the giver. I want to briefly point out two things before we move on to talk about where we were before we became heirs. 

First, when Paul says we are heirs he means that right now we have a special inheritance. An heir is someone a Christian is, and, although they will receive their payment in full hereafter, the inheritance is a guarantee (Eph. 1:14). No one will or can strip them of their eternal inheritance (Rom. 8:38-39).
Second, we are made heirs of an inheritance that can’t be measured or valued by human intelligence. Gold is currently worth 1,600 an ounce. If you have seen the TV series Gold Rush, then you would understand that in order to dig up an ounce of gold you have to dig, literally, tons of dirt. As sparse as it may be, we are still able to stamp a price on gold and therefore how much one should value it. It’s impossible to explain the worth and value of our eternal inheritance in Christ. We receive God! God is the inheritance of every redeemed person in Christ Jesus. For what is eternal life than to know and love God forever (John 17:3)?

From Rags to Riches

Of course, all this begs the question, how did we become heirs? Don’t let the above heading fool you. Our rags to riches story is drastically different than the traditional one. In fact, the metaphor is different. Let’s say in our story rags means a sinful condition and riches means eternal life.
Once upon a time . . . .
“we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3 NET) 

We were hopeless misfits, set out on a path of thievery and destruction. Before Christ, the story is told of the young man or woman who lived a life of crime, violating the King’s commandments and orders. Thou shall not was mistakenly conceived for thou shall not only if . . . .
The average slum-dog perceived that their condition was purely sociological. Sin was rather a social disorder that one committed when the living conditions necessitated such an act. And evil was construed and twisted, believed to be a prevailing hoax placed upon the lower class and less fortunate because life was hard. Which made crime (sin) the natural thing to do.
Sadly, and at their expense, they were mistaken. The hard-knocks were to blame for their own actions. Although Ma and Pa left them defenseless at a young age, their malice behavior exploded from the inside, showing that their condition was an internal heart issue. They were left without hope (Eph. 2:12).
(And then, suddenly, the plot thickened . . . .) A compassionate-driven King appeared. God’s goodness and loving kindness for mankind showered down from Heaven in human form, resting in a manger. You see, the King had a similar story to these ruffians so it made it easier for Him to empathize with them (Heb. 2:17).
However, this King had one enemy to defeat in order to ransom these lost orphans. He did. He won the battle. King Jesus of Nazareth was the inscription written on the victory flag at the battle field (John 19:19). King Jesus had redeemed the sinful condition (rags) of everyone who bears His name and has given them the inheritance of eternal life (riches).
God’s redeemed people are heirs who have hope in eternal life. Some of us will never receive wealth or riches while laboring through this life. Whether or not we do, it would be wise to live a life that labors for eternity. For we have an eternal inheritance.