Thought # 4 — In Him We Have Obtained an Inheritance (Eph. 1:11-12)
When we read through the book of Ephesians, we see many key words or phrases. In the first chapter, as well as other chapters, we see the words, “in Christ;” and “in Him.” This tells us that there is a great blessing for the Christian to belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. According to Ephesians 1:3, we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
One of the many blessings in found in our text (Eph. 1:11-12). We have obtained an inheritance. This is another reason that we are to praise God for the redemptive work of His Son. Apart from Jesus our future is not hopeful. It is tragic. It is not something that we hope for in the sense that “hope it will happen, It is somthingthg that is sure to happen. The Apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:3-4, “[We have] an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, keep in heaven for you.” It is reserved for us.
Praise God that we are His possession. In light of that, we should be faithful in doing His service. In Eph. 2:10 we’re told that we are not saved by work, but are saved to work. Someone has said that under a system law keeping, we have to work to be saved and continue to be saved. But under a system of grace we get to, or are privileged to work for Him who died for us. In 1 John 5;2-3, we read these fitting and apt words: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
So, let’s enjoy the blessings of the Christian life, living in expectation of the Lord’s coming! (Titus 2:11-14)
-Larry Miles, April 21, 2015