My parents & only sibling are deceased. I benefited from what they had earned & from their possessions.
One of the coolest things I received was my brother’s shiny new Lexus. I didn’t even have to wait for lengthy legal proceedings to take place. I got it as soon as I proved that I was the legal beneficiary.
I had to give evidence that I was the daughter of my mother & father. I had to prove that I was the sister of my brother.
The Lexus was mine. Five years later it still brings me joy! Just a quick a side note here- my twelve year old grandson has already decided the car will be his someday- guess I need to update my will.
Hang in there with me. There is a point to this story.
The Lexus was like a deposit, a guarantee that I would get the rest of the inheritance willed to me by my family.
I have no idea when their wills were written & notarized by witnesses. It was certainly well in advance of their deaths. Upon their deaths the executor & the lawyers (the legal witnesses) notified me & assured me that without any doubt I would receive my inheritance.
Why this story?
Because The Natural Always Demonstrates The Spiritual
Once Upon A Time
Long ago before the world was even created there was an incredibly rich & powerful & generous & loving Father.
He was also very lonely. He had one child, a son who’s name was Immanuel.
The Father longed for more children. He knew that He would never have any more natural children so he decided to adopt . It would be a long & costly process.
He sent Immanuel on a journey to every nation, every culture & every race on the earth to find children who wanted to be adopted.
In A for Adoption you can read about the day Father & Immanuel made the adoption plan.
We could actually say that on that day they wrote their wills. The wills talked about the wonderful inheritance the adopted children would receive in the future. The wills also talked about a deposit the children would receive the moment they chose to be adopted.
Let’s take a look at this deposit.
And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. (Eph. 1:13-14)
In the days before He died Jesus talked with the disciples about what life would be like after his death & resurrection.
He told them about their inheritance. Their inheritance would not be just in heaven. Their inheritance would be available while they lived on earth.
Jesus knew that in their distress, grief & fear they wouldn’t remember any of what He said.
Jesus told them : “Hang on! I’m sending you a deposit, the first portion of your inheritance . I’m sending you the Holy Spirit.
Because He Is Risen
The first time Jesus appeared to his disciples following the Resurrection he spoke to them and said,
“Peace be with you”. Then He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
Everything changed in that moment when Jesus first appeared to the disciples. They received the first deposit of their inheritance . Power & boldness & confidence came forty days later.
They changed the world.
The little church at Ephesus is part of their story.
You & I Are The Rest of Their Story
You Are Chosen
Christ Is Risen
Will You Choose Him Today?
Grace & Peace
The Presence of the Holy Spirit
As You Live With Jesus Today
What would actively choosing Jesus today look like?
Read Eph 1:13-14 slowly ten times. Record the thoughts that come to mind as you read.