Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Law of Inheritance
A puzzling contradiction exists in the Law of Inheritance – it has nothing to do with the Law. How a Law can have nothing to do with the Law boggles the mind. Such a conundrum only exists and can only be explained through God’s Laws. Perhaps God’s Word says it best, “For if the inheritance depends on the Law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in His grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” (Galatians 3:18).
God gave His Law to Moses as blessing to set His chosen people apart from other peoples and nations (Exodus 20:1-17, Deuteronomy 5:6-21). Starting with the Ten Commandments, the Law includes many other moral, marital, family, and religious laws. As with all laws, those given to Moses stipulate clearly the acceptable and unacceptable actions and behaviors. Breaking the law leaves us subject to punishment (Romans 6:23).
The Jewish people have spent millennia attempting to keep the Law of Moses. One only needs to read the chapter after the Law was revealed (chapter 32) to see how successful the Jews, Hebrews at that time, were in keeping the Law (Hint: they weren’t). Before we cast the first stone, however, we must confess we have done no better.
The Law serves as a mirror that reflects the righteousness of our actions. Because all our thoughts, words, and deeds are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), the Law only reflects our iniquities. God forbids those who bear iniquities from entering Heaven because, as a Holy God, He can only tolerate righteousness. Attempting to keep the Law perfectly to gain admission to Heaven is futile; the only power in the Law is to convict us of our sins. The Law has no power to save.
Jesus told the rich young ruler, who followed the Law out of fear, “There is only One who is good”, and Jesus is the One (Matthew 19:17). Jesus gives us the promise of eternal life in John 3:16. This promise extends to all people who have lived after Jesus’ coming. It is a promise based on faith, and the reward of Heaven is given to all who believe. The righteousness of Jesus is imputed to all who receive Him and believe on Him, and if we do, we receive our inheritance.
In both the Old and New Testaments, righteousness follows faith, and faith follows the promise. God made promises to Abram (before he was Abraham). In Genesis 12:2-3, God promised Abram He would make him into a great nation, would bless him, and would make his name great. He further promised He would make Abram a blessing to the all the peoples on the Earth.
In Genesis 15:4-5, God promises a son through Abram’s seed and descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abram was approaching one hundred years of age and his wife had passed child-bearing age. Despite, from an Earthly perspective, the ludicrous nature of God’s promise, Abram believed, and the LORD credited his faith to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6).
A few awkward moments occurred in this exchange, however. Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” (Genesis 15:2-3). Abram fretted that a slave, not a family member, would receive his inheritance. God convinced Abram the inheritance would go to the son of God’s promise.
As time passed, however, Abram’s faith wavered and in his impatience he produced a son, Ishmael, through his maidservant Hagar. God’s promise to Abram was for Abram’s wife Sarai (later Sarah) to bear the son to produce the uncountable descendants of Abram. When Abraham (no longer Abram), was one hundred, Sarah (no longer Sarai), the son of God’s promise, Isaac, finally was born. Isaac was the son of God’s promise and received Abraham’s inheritance. Ishmael was not the son of God’s promise and was cast out.
The initial inheritance was the land of Canaan. Isaac produced Jacob, who produced twelve sons, from whom the nation of Israel came. All this based on a promise and a man willing to have faith. However, the seed of Abraham to whom God referred was not Isaac, nor was the promise ultimately the land of Canaan. The referenced seed was Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Son, through whom all peoples and nations are blessed. Because Jesus is the only Good One, He is the only One who can bless all nations. Through Jesus Christ came the ultimate promise, our inheritance and residency in Heaven for eternity.
Jesus is the promised seed of Abraham and the inheritance Paul references in Galatians 3:18. Through Jesus we become children of God by means of grace and the Holy Spirit. We are to obey the Law, but not because we fear retribution (Romans 8:1-2), but out of love Him (Ezekiel 36:27). As children, we are heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ (Romans 8:16-17), meant to live in the Spirit of grace, and we shall receive the inheritance due us through His promise.
It is normal for our inheritance to come through God’s promise by way of our faith, not through the Law. God’s Law of Inheritance proclaims Jesus Christ and His unsearchable riches as our inheritance (Ephesians 3:8), but they come through the Spirit. Moreover, if righteousness could be gained through the Law, Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21).
Jesus Christ is the promised seed who blesses us all. Under grace, we no longer have to fear the Law, because it does not save. God promised the prophet Ezekiel, “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:27). We now have the Spirit so we can follow God’s decrees out of love, not out of fear. The Spirit seals us as children of God. Thus is the promise and the law of our inheritance. How will you praise Him today for His promise?
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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