…giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:12)
There are many references in the Bible to the inheritance our Creator has promised to give to those who belong to Him. This is, however, one of the few references specifically instructing us to give thanks to our Heavenly Father for His unique work to render us fit (“meet”) to share in (“be partakers of”) the inheritance.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
This marvelous summary in Peter’s letter describes the wonderful characteristics of our divine inheritance. It is a living hope, “ready to be revealed” at His appointed time. It is an inheritance that cannot be corrupted or defiled or withered, ever. It is carefully tended (“reserved”) in heaven by God’s power—He Himself keeping us under garrison guard (2 Corinthians 11:32). Nothing could be more secure than our inheritance from God!
There is a very personal side to our inheritance. Each of us who are the twice-born children of the Creator will undergo a personal evaluation on the value of our earthly behavior (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The Bible is quite clear that during our initial judgment in heaven there will be degrees of individual “reward” handed out by the Lord that are in direct proportion to our effectiveness with the resources that God has granted to us on earth (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27). Our works certainly do follow us into eternity (Revelation 14:13).
Although those personal rewards will no doubt be marvelous, the focus of the thanks we are told to give in Colossians 1:12 seems to be on what all believers “share”—the divine inheritance from our Creator God. We are “joint-heirs” with the Lord Jesus (Romans 8:17).
There is a lot we won’t understand until it is revealed to us in heaven, but there are several wonderful glimpses that the Scriptures provide on what is forthcoming. Here are just a few of them for us to think about….
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