INHERITANCE

Definition
Creation and Inheritance
Inheritance of the Patriarchs
Jacob and Esau
Inheritance Under the Law
Inheritance of the Kings
Inheritance of Jesus Christ
Inheritance of the Church
Inheritance in the Millennium
Inheritance of the Eternal State
Double Blessing
Meaning of the Number, 13
Losers
Inheritance File

Definition

1.  Inheritance is the conveyance of Spiritual riches from God the Father to His children, who are believers.
2.  The inheritance includes Divine blessing for Time and Eternity.  It includes abundance in the Spiritual life with prosperity, success, and rewards.
3.  God creates man and blesses him with an inheritance in Grace (Gen 5:2).
4.  The inheritance was preordained in eternity past before the foundation of the world.
5.  The inheritance for Time is generally conveyed at Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport.
6.  The inheritance for Eternity is conveyed at the Resurrection and in the Eternal State (Heaven).
7.  The inheritance is received on the basis of faith.  Those who disbelieve will lose their inheritance and die, like Esau and the Exodus generation.
8.  Receipt of the inheritance is great blessing for winners, whereas, the loss of the inheritance is terrible cursing for losers.
9.  The inheritance of the patriarchs was their children.  The inheritance of Israel was the oracles of God and the Promised Land, which had to be conquered.  The inheritance of the Church is the Royal Family of God and the Priesthood.  And the inheritance of the saints is the Millennial Kingdom.
10. The double blessing is a double portion of the inheritance that was given to the firstborn.
     a.  The double blessing is symbolized by the Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.
     b.  The sign of Gemini and the nation of Israel symbolize the double blessing.

Creation and Inheritance

1.  God first created man, and then He blessed him (Gen 5:2).
     a.  After God created the Garden, He created man.  This was creation.
     b.  Then man was made ruler of the world.  Thus, man inherited the rulership of the world (Gen 1:26, 28).
2.  God created the Right Woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22).  This could be called an inheritance for man (Prov 19:14).
3.  Later God gave children as an inheritance (Gen 4:1; 33:5; 48:4; Josh 24:3, 4; Psa 113:9; 127:3).

Inheritance of the Patriarchs

1.  Abraham received the inheritance of the Abrahamic Covenant through which he became the father of the nation of Israel Gen 12:3; 13:15-16; 15:18; 22:16-18; 32:12; 26:3-4; Ex 6:2, 8).
     a.  Abraham was promised the inheritance of the land of Canaan (Gen 15:18-21; 17:8; Ex 32:13; Acts 7:5-7).
     b.  Abraham received his Right Woman, but they did not have harmonious rapport until they reached Spiritual Maturity (Gen 17:5, 15).
     c.  The inheritance of the child of the promise, Isaac, came through RM-RW (Gal 4:22, 23, 28).
     d.  The inheritance of Abraham was given to the child of the promise, and the child of the bondwoman was excluded (Gal 4:30).
     e.  Receipt of the inheritance required circumcision and Spiritual Maturity (Gen 17:10-14).
     f.  The Covenant was confirmed at Spiritual Rapport (Gen 22:15-18).
2.  The inheritance of Abraham was passed down to Isaac and Jacob (1 Chron 16:14-18).
     a.  Isaac and Jacob received their Right Woman.
     b.  The Covenant was given at Spiritual Maturity and confirmed at Spiritual Rapport.
     c.  Jacob's name was changed to Israel.
     d.  Jacob became the father of the Twelve Tribes.
          - Judah inherited the rulership of the tribes.
          - Joseph inherited the double blessing through his sons Ephraim and Manasseh.
     e.  Jacob's Right Woman, Rachel, died from her sin when he reached Spiritual Rapport.

Jacob and Esau

1.  Esau was the older twin brother of Jacob; therefore, Esau was in line to receive the double blessing.
2.  However, Jacob bought Esau's birthright for a mess of pottage (Gen 25:31-33; Heb 12:16).
3.  Thus, Esau despised his birthright (Gen 25:34).
4.  Esau was an unbeliever and a reversionist.  He turned away from God and his birthright and pursued his own carnal desires.
5.  When Esau realized that his father would not bless him, he became very bitter (Gen 27:34; Heb 12:17) and sought to kill Jacob (Gen 27:41).
6.  After Jacob received the double blessing from his father, he had to leave the country to escape the wrath of Esau.
7.  Thus, although the double blessing is a great blessing for the recipient, it can also bring cursing.  When the winner receives the double blessing, the losers are left with little or nothing.
8.  This is the will of God, for the Lord says, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated" (Rom 9:13).  The Lord gave the double blessing to Jacob, but He left Esau with nothing but cursing.  Esau was an unbeliever and was not qualified to receive a blessing from God.
9.  Jacob symbolized the blessing of Mt. Gerizim, and Esau symbolized the cursing of Mt. Ebal (Deut 11:29).

Inheritance Under the Law

1.  The nation of Israel was delivered from bondage in Egypt by the hand of the Lord (Ex 13:3, 9, 14; Deut 26:8; Psa 136:10-15).
2.  The nation of believers crossed the Red Sea as a symbol of Positional Sanctification (1 Cor 10:1, 2).  They were to be a holy nation (Ex 19:6; Deut 7:6; 14:21; 26:19).
3.  The Law was given to Moses (Nu 20:21 ff; 2 Chron 33:8; Neh 10:29).
4.  The Law governed the temporal and Spiritual life of Israel.
5.  Those who disobeyed the Law died in the wilderness (Num 14:29, 37; 26:65; 1 Cor 10:5; Heb 3:17; Jude 5).
6.  In fulfillment of the promise to Abraham, the nation of Israel conquered the Promised Land, and the Tribes of Israel received allotments as their inheritance (Gen. 15:18; Num 26:52-57; 27:8-11; 34:1-2; Deut. 30:1-9; Josh 1:3-4; Acts 13:19).
7.  The Levites did not receive an allotment of the Land as an inheritance (Num. 18:20; 26:62; Deut. 12:12; 14:27; Josh. 14:3) because the Lord was their inheritance (Deut. 10:9; 18:2; Josh. 18:7; 13:33).  This was the highest honor.  They were given cities with surrounding pasture in which to live (Num 35:1-5), and they and their families were allowed to eat portions of the sacrifices offered to the Lord, including meat and grain (Num 18:18-19).
8.  The Law was the basis for the unfolding of the Spiritual Plan of God for the ages.

Inheritance of the Kings

1.  Israel rose to worldly glory through the period of the kings.
2.  Saul was anointed by Samuel as the first King of Israel.
     a.  He inherited the rulership of Israel in the permissive will of God.
     b.  Saul reigned for 40 years and did evil.
3.  David was anointed King by Samuel after Saul.  He inherited the kingdom from Saul.
     a.  David conquered all the enemies of Israel and rose to great glory through the Grace of God.
     b.  David was given the Davidic Covenant, which promised him a son who would rule forever (2 Sam 7:8-16; Psa 89:3-4, 20-37; 132:11-12; 2 Chron 21:7; Isa 55:3; Acts 13:34).  This foretold the reign of Jesus Christ in the Millennium.
     c.  David ruled for 40 years.
4.  Solomon was anointed King after David.  He inherited the kingdom from David.
     a.  Solomon inherited blessing because his father had reached Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport.
     b.  The glory of the Solomon's reign was the greatest in the history of Israel.
     c.  Solomon's reign symbolized the rule of Christ from the Throne of David in the Millennium.
     d.  Solomon built the first permanent Temple for the Lord.
     e.  But Solomon failed the prosperity test.
5.  After Solomon the nation of Israel split into the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, both of which were eventually destroyed.  However, a remnant was preserved and the nation was repopulated.

Inheritance of Jesus Christ

1.  Jesus Christ came into the world, born of a virgin, as the Savior of all mankind and future King.
2.  Jesus Christ was the uniquely born Son of God with two natures, Divine and human, combined in Hypostatic Union (Psa 2:7).
3.  Jesus presented Himself as the Savior and called out disciples.  His followers were given as an inheritance from the Father (Jn 17:6, 9).
4.  Jesus Christ presented Himself as Messiah to the Jews, but they rejected Him (Jn 1:11).
5.  He went to the Cross, where He died as a substitute for the sins of the world (1 Cor 15:3; 1 Jn 2:2).
6.  His death on the Cross was the victory over Satan, the author of sin and ruler of the world (Eph 1:20-21; 4:8; Col 2:15).
7.  He rose on the third day with a Resurrection Body as the victor over death (1 Cor 15:52-57; Heb 2:14).
8.  His inheritance from the Father included being seated on the Throne of God (Mk 16:19; Jn 5:22; Heb 1:3) and designation as King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim 6:15).  And the Church was called out as His Royal Family.  He became the Mediator of the New Covenant to the Church (Heb 8:6).
9.  Jesus Christ will receive the inheritance of the Millennial Kingdom from the Father (Psa 2:8; Luk 22:29).

Inheritance of the Church

1.  When Jesus Christ arose from the dead, He was a King without a royal family.  The Church was called out by God to be His Royal Family.  The Church is the inheritance of Christ (1 Cor 3:23; Gal 3:29).
2.  Church Age Believers (CAB's) have an inheritance from God the Father, and they share the inheritance of Christ (Acts 26:18; Rom 8:16-17; Eph 1:14; Col 1:12).  Thus, they have a double inheritance.
3.  God the Father also has an inheritance in the saints (Ex 19:5; Deut 4:20; 14:2; 32:9; Eph 1:18 cf. Rom 5:8-10; Titus 2:14).
4.  CAB's are qualified to receive an inheritance from God because they are children of God (Rom 8:15; 9:8; Gal 3:26; 4:5; Eph 1:5).
5.  CAB's are kings and priests (1 Pet 2:9; Rev 1:6).
     a.  They are members of the Royal Family of God.
     b.  They are all priests, who can represent themselves before God (1 Pet 2:5).
6.  The Spiritual life of the CAB is patterned after that of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union.
     a.  They are baptized with the Holy Spirit at Salvation whereby the Holy Spirit enters them into union with Christ (Rom 6:3; Gal 3:26).
     b.  They are filled with the Holy Spirit.
     c.  They are indwelt by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
     d.  The Spiritual life of the Church is the highest of all human history (1 Cor 10:6, 11).
7.  Conveyance of the inheritance begins at Salvation (1 Cor 7:17), including:
     a.  Spiritual regeneration
     b.  Baptism of the Holy Spirit
     c.  Indwelling of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
     d.  Adoption of sons into Royal Family of God
     e.  Filling of the Holy Spirit
     f.  Conveyance of Spiritual gifts
8.  Escrow blessings have been placed on deposit from Eternity past for conveyance in Time and Eternity (Rom 9:23; Eph 1:3; 1 Pet 1:4), and the spoils from the victory of the Cross are available for distribution (Eph 4:8).
     a.  Per the pattern of the Patriarchs and conquering the Promised Land, the inheritance of the CAB is conveyed at Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport (Psa 37:9, 11; Heb 6:12).
     b.  Those who reject the Spiritual life will die the Sin Leading to Death (Heb 4:1-11).
     c.  The blessings of God are beyond the imagination (1 Cor 2:9).
     d.  Humility is required to learn Bible Doctrine to develop capacity for blessing (Matt 5:5).
     e.  Those with faith and endurance will inherit the promises of God (Heb 6:12).  They will advance to Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport.
     f.  The CAB has been redeemed from the futile way of life inherited from his ancestors (1 Pet 1:18).
9.  The Spiritual life of the CAB has great power over the Cosmic System (1 Cor 16:13; Eph 3:16; 6:10, 12; Phil 4:13; Col 1:11).
10.  The CAB has historic, national, and international impact through the Spiritual life (Matt 5:13).
11.  God supplies all needs of the CAB (2 Cor 9:8; Phil 4:19).
12.  After physical death, the believer will inherit Eternal Life (Matt 19:29; Heb 9:15).
13.  The CAB will inherit a Resurrection Body with eternal rewards at the Evaluation Throne of Christ (2 Cor 5:10; Col 1:27; 2 Tim 4:8).
14.  Inheritance of rewards is based on:
      a.  Doing one's job as unto the Lord (Col 3:23-25).
      b.  Capacity for Life, persevering under testing Crown of Life (Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10)
      c.  Capacity Righteousness Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8).
      d.  Faithful pastors Crown of Glory (1 Pet 5:4)
      e.  Overcoming the world (Rev 2:7, 11, 17; 3:5)
      f.  Obedience in Spiritual Warfare authority over nations (Rev 2:26; 3:21), Order of Morning Star (Rev 2:28).
      g.  Historical impact (Rev 3:12).
      h.  Divine Good production, completed Edification Complex of the Soul (1 Cor 3:12-14).
15.  The CAB inherits blessing and has Spiritual impact in the RM RW relationship and Christian Marriage (1 Pet 3:7).
16.  The inheritance of the CAB includes Spiritual children in addition to blessing in personal relationships (Gal 4:27; 1 Pet 3:6).

Inheritance in the Millennium

1.  Believers who survive the Tribulation will inherit the Millennial Kingdom (Matt 25:34).
2.  All believers in Resurrection Bodies will have their inheritance in the Millennial Kingdom of God (Matt 5:10; 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 6:20; 12:32; 22:29; Jas 2:5).
3.  Unbelievers will not inherit the Kingdom of God because they do not have Eternal Life or Righteousness (1 Cor 6:9-11; 1 Cor 6:9; 15:50; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:5).
4.  The Father will give the inheritance of the Millennial Kingdom to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luk 22:29).

Inheritance of the Eternal State

1.  Believers of all Dispensations will inherit Eternal Life in the Eternal State (Heaven) (Matt 19:29; Heb 1:14; 9:15).  These are the Elect (Eph 1:4; 2 Thess 2:13).
2.  All believers will be in Resurrection Bodies with their inheritance (1 Cor 15:50; 1 Pet 1:4).
3.  Heavenly dwellings await the believer in the Eternal State (Matt 14:2-4).
4.  The Church will reside in the Heavenly (or New (Rev 3:12; 21:10)) Jerusalem with the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:26; 2 Tim 4:18; Heb 12:22; 13:10-14).
5.  Israel will reside outside the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Double Blessing

1.  Under the laws of primogeniture the firstborn received the double portion of the inheritance (Deut 21:17).
2.  Job received twofold blessing when he reached Spiritual Rapport (Job 42:10).
3.  Double Blessing in Israel:
     a.  Reuben, Simeon, and Levi lost the inheritance of the firstborn because of sin.
     b.  Instead, the sons of Joseph received the double blessing, and Judah received the rulership.
     c.  Thus, including Ephraim and Manasseh, there were 13 Tribes of Israel.
     d.  The number, 13, stands for the double blessing.
     e.  Israel is located in the region corresponding to the double blessing.
     f.  The sign of Gemini, the Twins, symbolizes the double blessing.
4.  Instead of shame and humiliation, Israel will have double blessing in the Millennium (Isa 61:7).
5.  Hannah's husband gave her a double portion of meat to sacrifice because he loved her even though she was barren (1 Sam 1:5).
6.  When Elijah was called to Heaven, Elisha asked for a double portion of the Enduement of the Holy Spirit that was upon Elijah (2 Ki 2:9).

Meaning of the Number, 13

1.  The number 13 signifies the double blessing, since the 13 Tribes of Israel came about due to the double blessing of Joseph (Gen 48:13, 14, 20; 49:22-26).
2.  Although 13 is not a number for cursing, it has a sinister side.  Like the crossed-hand blessing of Jacob, it may be accompanied by strange twists of fate.  And cursing may be associated with the number.
     a.  Double blessing for one person means others are left with little or nothing.  This was the case with Jacob and Esau.  The double blessing separates winners from losers.  The winners are blessed, and the losers are left empty-handed, which is tantamount to being cursed.
     b.  Double blessing is like Mt. Gerizim with the curse of Mt. Ebal standing by (Deut 11:29).
     c.  Attacks upon the double blessing or its recipients may bring cursing from Divine retribution.
     d.  The Abrahamic Covenant, which predicts the child of the promise (double blessing), has a cursing clause:  "I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you, I will curse" (Gen 12:3).
     e.  Since the double portion signifies the best and highest part, it may be associated with the high ground.  Seizing the high ground signifies a doubly difficult fight to achieve a great victory.  Thus, trouble may be associated with achieving the double blessing.
3.  Ishmael was circumcised at 13.  This symbolized sanctification of the phallus for procreation of the child of the promise (or double blessing of the firstborn).
4.  The 13 bulls offered on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles symbolized the double portion of the fat of the land during the time of harvest i. e. a bountiful harvest (Num 29:13-14).
5.  The 13 cities allocated to Simeon, the Levites, and Gershonites symbolized the double portion (Nu 19:6; 21:4, 6, 19, 33; 1 Chron 6:60, 62).
6.  The length of the gate of the Millennial Temple was 13 cubits to symbolize double blessing (Ezek 40:11).

Losers

1.  Whereas, winners inherit great rewards, and the double blessing, losers inherit cursing, punishment, and death (Psa 37:9-11, 18, 22, 34; 78:62; 106:39, 40; Prov 3:35; Isa 57:13; Jer 12:7-9).
2.  Losers inherit the wind (nothing) (Prov 11:29).
3.  Losers leave their wealth to the Righteous (winners) (Prov 13:22).
4.  The naïve inherit foolishness (Prov 14:18).
5.  "An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning, will not be blessed in the end" (Prov 20:21).  This was the case with the prodigal son (Luk 15:11-12, 13-32).

Inheritance File

In addition to the life that God gives everyone, the inheritance is part of the Spiritual life.  Examples include:

1.  General Inheritance for all Church Age Believers, e. g. Royal Family Status, priesthood, double blessing from the Father and sharing inheritance of Christ, Spiritual gifts.
2.  Right Man, Right Woman (Gen 2:22; Prov 19:14).
3.  Spiritual Children (Gal 4:27; 1 Pet 3:6).
4.  Love relationships (Eph 3:19; 2 Thess 1:3; 1 Pet 1:8, 22; 1 Jn 3:14)
5.  Spiritual Warfare conquests over the Evil King and Prostitute of Babylon (1 Jn 2:13, 14).
     a.  Advance to Maturity like conquering the Promised Land (Psa 37:9; Heb 6:1).
     b.  Fighting the good fight of Faith (1 Tim 1:18; 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7).
     c.  Running the course of life (1 Cor 9:24-25; Gal 2:2; 2 Tim 4:7; Heb 12:1).
     d.  Winning rewards (1 Cor 3:14; Phil 3:14; Col 2:18; 2 Tim 4:8; Rev 2:10; 3:11).
     e.  Conflict with Satan and demons (Eph 6:11-13).
     f.  Attaining spiritual freedom (Rom 6:18; 8:2; 1 Cor 7:21-22; Gal 5:1; 1 Pet 2:16).
6.  Spiritual growth (Ps 92:1214; Jer 17:8; Eph 4:13; Col 1:28; 1 Pet 2:2).
7.  Prosperity and success, e.g. what Job had before and after Satan's testing (Col 1:10-12; 2 Tim 2:21; 3:17; 3 Jn 1:2).
8.  Opportunities to receive rewards (Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10).
9.  Spoils from victory of the Cross (Eph 4:8).
10.  Blessings in the activities of daily life (Psa 1:1-3).
11.  Happiness (Phil 4:4; 1 Thess 5:16; 1 Pet 1:4-8).
 

 

References

1.  Larry Wood.  Biblical Astrology, "Costa Concordia Shipwreck,"  Dec. 27, 2012.
 

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released - December 27, 2012 - Revised Mar. 10, 2013

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