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Liberated from Legalism - pt 12 [7-18-21]



Have you ever received an inheritance? Back in the 60s, I remember my mom talking about a widowed aunt who had no children. She owned a sizeable amount of early shares of Pepsi-Cola stock. Some of my mom's relatives were hoping for an inheritance. After my mom died, in 1977, we lost track of her side of the family and whatever happened to Aunt Clara. An inheritance can be a good thing.


The best part about an inheritance is you don't have to work for it or earn it. Heck, in some cases, people get an inheritance who don't even deserve it. In my mind, that's the best kind of inheritance. I could think of all kinds of reasons why I wouldn't deserve an inheritance, but there it is. Are you with me on this? The worst kind of person is the one who gets mad because they didn't get the inheritance they thought they had coming.


Here's what Paul says in Ephesians 1:11-14:

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


Galatians 3:10-14 is about exactly how we come by our Christian inheritance.