CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 99

KEY SCRIPTURE; Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”.

In our previous study we started looking at some of the inheritance that our place in Christ has made available for us. The scriptures abound with verses that speak about this inheritance. Ephesians 1:1 1 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worked all things after the counsel of his own will”: Our effectiveness as children of God is fully related with the perfect knowledge of these inheritances’ Philemon 1:6 “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”.

Among our inheritance in Christ are:

1.We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 “And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.

2. We have received healing for our bodies. 1st Peter 2:24 “who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed”.

3 We have been adopted as ‘adult’ sons with full rights to every privilege of our Lord Jesus Christ. This makes us joint heirs with our Lord Jesus. Ephesians 1:5 “having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”, (Refer to Rom 8:17)

4. We have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. Romans 5:17

“For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ”

5. We are benefactors of the resurrection power which works in us. Ephesians 1:19 “and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places’,

6. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6. “and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus”:

The above blessings are just a few of what we as children of God have inherited in Christ Jesus our Lord. Although these are all ours it is not automatic that one would experience them. You must appropriate them by faith. This is done by believing them in your heart and confessing that they are yours in Christ, according to Romans 10:10 “for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

CONFESSION

The grace of God has abounded towards me an immeasurable provision of his blessings. I appropriate these blessings so I will be more of use to humanity.

FURTHER STUDIES

Ephesians 1:14 ” Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:18 ” The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

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