Food for Friday

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:12

If there is a large estate that has to be divided up, two means can be used to dispense of the inheritance: a will, and the law of intestancy. If there is a valid will, its provisions determine how the estate is resolved. If there is no will, the law of intestancy follows a pattern of dividing the estate among the closest relatives of the deceased. The law of intestancy determines who is, and who is not, qualified to receive part of the estate. For example, a spouse would be highly qualified, while a second cousin might be entirely disqualified. This law says, in effect, that some people have a right to the inheritance, and others do not. Our text today speaks of those who have the right to an inheritance. And what an inheritance it is!

The law of intestancy as a rule applies to relatives. So does the inheritance that Paul is speaking about in this text. We are to inherit because we are relatives by the new birth. We have been brought into the family of God. And our text tells us that it is the Father Who has done this. According to His Word, we are fully qualified heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). We should be deeply thankful today, because we who once were so far away from God and alienated against Him have now been brought into the relationship of children. None of it is our doing, He has saved us and brought us into this wonderful relationship, and promised to us a great inheritance.

We are to receive the inheritance of the saints in light. Who are the saints in light? There are many possible answers to this question, but the most likely answer is that these are the glorified saints, those who are already in Heaven. For them, there is no more darkness or anything that relates to the power of darkness. For them, there are the glories of a beautiful home and the presence of their Saviour. Their endless day has begun. As the inheritors of the same, we can look forward to what they are enjoying and rejoice that no probate court can ever challenge what God has given to us as an eternal inheritance.

Just as there are responsibilities and behaviour appropriate for heirs of great earthly inheritances, so we should be mindful every day, every hour, of the responsibilities and behaviour that are appropriate for heirs of a heavenly inheritance. We have become representatives of a great family, and it should be an honour for us to live as the Lord Jesus lived. There is also no room for selfishness, either. We know how families often fight bitterly over earthly estates. There is no need with regard to Heaven’s inheritance, the more who enter into it has no bearing on how much we will receive. So Let us tell others about this great inheritance.

We are heirs of a fortune beyond our imagination. Let that thought thrill your soul today! – Jim MacIntosh

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