WE SHARE CHRIST'S BELONGINGS - PART 1
WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST 2023
Nothing is deeper in life than sharing Christ's love and belongings. The best way to secure our glorious inheritance is to cultivate constant communion and intimate encounters with Christ. I just finished a topic in which I mentioned about the significance of Jesus being the true vine, while we are the branches. The verse literally says, "I am the vine; you are the branches" (John 15:5 CEB). As we get more of the sap in the vine, we will demonstrate more of the life of Christ and also possess and experience the "all-round" manifestations of His inheritance - as heirs of the Kingdom of light.
Reference: Hebrews 3:14 New Living Translation (NLT) "For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ."
Beloved, we have come to share in all that belongs to Christ Jesus. What qualified us to share in Christ? Salvation in Him! The Bible says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV). In other words, before we can partake of Christ's belongings, we must be in CHRIST. How did it happen? God Himself qualified us! To that effect, Colossians 1:12-13 says, "Always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son" (NLT). I believe that this Scripture is self-explanatory.
As Christians, we have not come to the point of sharing all that belong to Christ yet, because we are still on earth. That means, all we share and partake of - now - is not all there is. To expound further, Christ executed a part of His priesthood on earth by being our sin's offering, and in doing so, he paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sin. So at the moment, or while we are on earth, we are delving into all the branches of His finished works on the cross through the Word. However, the other part of His High priesthood is what He executes in heaven, as He pleads our cause, and represents us as our advocate in all things pertaining us and our inheritance, meaning that that there is more we are yet to share in future glory.
To that effect, our referenced Scripture says, "For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ." Notice the expression: "we will share in all that belongs to Christ." When? At the end of time realm! On what condition? If we remain faithful till that end. Got it? That's the very reason we must cherish the governing influence of the Holy Spirit in order to persevere till the end because He is the one God has given us, since Jesus ascended to heaven.
Remember that before Jesus left the earth, He said to His disciples, "I will send you the Helper from the Father. The Helper is the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father. When He comes, He will tell about me. And you will tell people about me too, because you have been with me from the beginning" (John 15:26-27 ERV).
So we are living under the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, who is the seal and dispenser of all spiritual blessings. This implies that the only guaranteed way to be faithful to the end is by walking in step with Him and by holding fast the doctrine and profession of our Christian faith. Therefore, continue to trust God as firmly as when you first believed, by making open profession of your faith and practising the enlivening principles from the Word - through the help of the Spirit. Stay tuned for part 2. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 16:5-6; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 1:18; Galatians 3:29.
Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the exact understanding of the knowledge of today's truth, which is the production of the Holy Spirit by the Word. By trusting you and walking in step with the Spirit, I possess more rewarding experiences of sharing in all that belongs to Christ, even unto the end of time, in Jesus' Name, Amen!