The following is taken from Comfort for Christians by Arthur Pink    






                                    GOD’S INHERITANCE


“For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance”

(Deuteronomy 32:9).


This verse brings before us a most blessed and wonderful line of truth, so

wonderful that no human mind could possibly have invented it. It speaks of

the mighty God having an “inheritance,” and it tells us that this inheritance

is in His own people! God refused to take this world for His inheritance—

it will yet be burnt up. Nor did heaven, peopled with angels, satisfy His

heart. In eternity past Jehovah said, by way of anticipation, “My delights were

with the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:31).  This is by no means the only scripture

which teaches that God’s inheritance is in His saints. In Psalm l35:4 we read,

 “For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure.”

In Malachi 3:17 the Lord speaks of His people as His “special treasure” (see

margin)—so “special” that the highest manifestations of His love are made

to them, the richest gifts of His hand are bestowed on them, the mansions

on High are prepared and reserved for them!


The same wondrous truth is taught in the New Testament. In Ephesians 1

we behold the apostle Paul praying that God would give unto His people

the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of

their understanding being enlightened that they might know “what is the

hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in

the saints” (v. 18). This is a truly amazing expression; not only do the

saints obtain an inheritance in God, but He also secures an inheritance in

them! How overwhelming the thought that the great God should deem

Himself the richer because of our faith, our love and worship! Surely this is

one of the most marvelous truths revealed in Holy Writ—that God should

pick up poor sinners and make them His “inheritance”! Yet so it is.

But what need has God of us? How can we possibly enrich Him? Does He

not have everything—wisdom, power, grace and glory? All true, yet there

is something that He needs, yes, needs, namely, vessels. Just as the sun

needs the earth to shine upon, so God needs vessels to fill, vessels through

which His glory may be reflected, vessels on which the riches of His grace

may be lavished.


Mark that God’s people are not only called His “portion,” His “special

treasure,” but also His “inheritance.” This suggests three things. First, an

inheritance is obtained through death: so God’s inheritance is secured to

Him through the death of His beloved Son. Second, an “inheritance”

denotes perpetuity—“to a man and his heirs forever” are the terms often

used. Third, an “inheritance” is for possession, it is something which is

entered into, lived upon, enjoyed. Let us now consider five things about

God’s inheritance:


1. God purposed to have such an inheritance:


“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people

whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).


1.  The “nation” here is identical with the holy nation,” the “chosen

generation, royal priesthood, peculiar people” of  I Peter 2:9. This

favored people was chosen by God to be His inheritance: it was not an

afterthought with Him, but decreed by Him in eternity past. Ere the

foundation of the world God fixed His heart upon having them for Himself.


2. God has purchased His people for an inheritance. In Ephesians 1:14 we are

told that the Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the

purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.”  So again in Acts 20:28 we read

of “the Church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood.” God has not

only redeemed His people from bondage and death but for Himself.


3. God comes and dwells in the midst of His inheritance:  “For the Lord will not cast

off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance” (Psalm 94:14—a clear proof

that these scriptures are not referring to the nation of Israel after the flesh. Just as

Jehovah tabernacled in the midst of the redeemed Hebrews, so He now indwells His

church, both collectively and individually.  “Know ye not that ye (plural) are the

temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

“Know ye not that your body (singular) is the temple of the Holy Spirit?”

(1 Corinthians 6:19).


4. God beautifies His inheritance: Just as a man who has inherited a house

or an estate takes possession of it and then makes improvements, so God is

now fitting His people for Himself. He who has begun a good work within

His own is now performing it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians

1:6). He is now conforming us to the image of His Son: each Christian can

say with the Psalmist, “the Lord will perfect that which concerneth me”

(Psalm 138:8).  Nor will God be satisfied until we have been glorified. The Lord

Jesus Christ” shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His

glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all

things unto Himself” (Philippians 3:21).  “When He shall appear, we shall be like

Him” (1 John 3:2).


5. And what of the future? God will yet possess, live upon, enjoy His

inheritance. In the unending ages yet to be, God will make known the

riches of his glory” on the vessels of His mercy (Romans 9:23). The

glory which God shall ever live upon—as upon an inheritance—shall rise

out of His people. What a marvelous statement is that which is found at the

close of Ephesians 2, where the saints are likened unto a building “fitly

framed together (which) groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord,” of

whom it is said, “in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of

God through the Spirit.”


A wonderful and glorious is the picture presented before us in Revelation 21:


“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and

the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I,

John, saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God

out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I

heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of

God is with men, and he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee

with singing; and God himself shall be with them, and be their God”

(vs. 1-3).


What a marvelous statement is that in Zephaniah 3:17:


“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he

will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy

over thee with singing.”


The great God will yet say, “I am satisfied: here will I rest. This is Mine

inheritance that I will live upon forever, even the glory which I have

bestowed on redeemed sinners.” Surely we have to say with the Psalmist,

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain

unto it” (139:6).


May Divine grace enable us to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we

are called.



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