Hello everybody, and welcome in to episode 85 of the Bible 2021 podcast. We are reading Galatians 4 today and our focus is on The Wonderful Truth That We are Heirs of God With a Magnificent Inheritance! . We are a daily 10 minute podcast, where we will dig in to the truth of the Word of God by reading one Bible chapter a day and discussing it. Welcome to new listeners in Zurich, Switzerland, Bremen, Germany, Westphalia, Germany, Parts unknown, France, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richmond, Virginia and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina. Thanks for listening! Our goal is to encourage DAILY Bible reading, so you can jump in at any time and join with us. We want to invite as many people as possible to join us in daily Bible reading, so help spread the word and share the podcast Don’t forget about our web-page, Bible2021.com – contact page, show notes, transcript and more– Click here for our Bible 2021 reading plan
Have you ever known somebody that became absolutely loaded through an inheritance of some sort? I honestly can’t think of anybody that I know that got really, really rich through inherited wealth. I do know a few people that are pretty darn rich…but all of them got there by working, not by inheriting. I haven’t seen it in real life, but I have seen it hundreds of times on the tv screen and at the movies, because inheriting wealth is one of the most common tv and movie tropes/themes that I can think of. Like getting super-powers, however, it seems to be something that is factually rare in reality. I do imagine that it would be something to all of the sudden find out that you are a long lost relative to somebody that is super-rich, and had just died, and left you everything in their will. If you get an email claiming that this happens, however, I would suggest you be very skeptical and don’t send out your banking information just yet.
What you shouldn’t be skeptical of, however, is the promise we are going to read today in Galatians 4. It is a promise that is, in every sense of the word, mind-blowing. It would be enough if Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins. That He also rose from the dead and provides eternal life for those who follow Him in faith is astounding and wonderful. That there would be any more blessings than that, utterly defies belief, but in our chapter today we find out that those who are in Christ are not just slaves or servants in God’s house…but they are heirs with an inheritance from God, and co-heirs with Christ! Let’s read the chapter and see how wonderful the New Covenant is that Christ has begun.
Marvel at our verse of the day:
6 And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir. Galatians 4:6-7
Sons of God, not slaves. Heirs of God, and His glorious riches. Again – it just seems to good to be true, but we see this glorious truth other places in the Bible too:
16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:16-17
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7
Heirs of what, you might be asking? Well – heirs of the Kingdom, as James 2:5 tells us, and there is more than enough bounty in the Kingdom of God to go around for everybody! On this passage so full of wonderful truths, Spurgeon tells us to take hold of them, saying:
All God’s sons are, in a certain sense, his servants; but there is a sense in which servants are not sons. We, therefore, are not like those servants who have no relationship to their master, and no share in his possessions; but we are sons. Whatever service we render, we are still sons, and we have a share in all that our Father has; we are heirs, “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” Are you living up to your privileges, brethren? Are we any of us fully realizing what this heirship means? Do we not often live as if we were only servants toiling for hire? Do we not tremble at God as if we were his slaves rather than his sons? Let us remember that we are God’s sons, his heirs; and let us come close to him, let us take possession of the blessed inheritance which he has provided for us.
C. H. Spurgeon, “‘Persecuted, but Not Forsaken,’” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 44 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1898), 286–287.
End of the Show: Bible memory verse for March: Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore, [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them.”
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