In a previous letter we discussed Paul’s thankful heart for the Church and how Paul prayed that the Church would have a spirit of wisdom, or comprehending spiritual truth – “understanding” referring to the ability to apply that insight to the problems of life which comes from God not man. The born again experience, Christ in us and becoming filled with the Holy Spirit; Christ flowing through us.
Another way to put it- is – it’s the ability to use knowledge. Paul literally was praying that we might know and have wisdom to grasp the riches of the work that God wrought in Christ for us.
Let’s look again in Colossians 1:12. Here Paul is speaking to the Colossian church of their inheritance. Do you know where you came from?
- Colossians 1:12-14 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Here in verse 12, we see Paul moving from experience to expectation…expecting the “saints” to partake of the inheritance that belongs to them as God’s Holy children. Paul prayed that they would grow in spiritual understanding thru endurance, patience and thankfulness.
Prayer requires discipline and consistency. Yes, this same power that was in Christ is in you and me; if we are filled with the Holy Spirit and if we would only believe, apply by faith and receive what is needed for the day.
God “has put all things in subjection under Christ feet”. I am so excited to know that Christ is in me. We are the earth part of the Body of Christ; Christ is the Head over all things for the benefit of the Church. Yes, we are “more than conquerors” in the midst of every perplexing condition. We are clothed with the ability on High by our faith.
We are Partakers of the Inheritance of the saints.
1. Partakers of grace.
- Philippians 1:7 It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. We have shared together the blessings of God, both when I was in prison and when I was out, defending the truth and telling others the Good News.
2. Partakers of Christ’s suffering.
- 1 Peter 4:13 Instead, be very glad—because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world.
3. Partakers of the divine nature.
- 2 Peter 1:4 And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.
This mighty “power” was the Greek word (dunamis) meaning; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself):—ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. Through Jesus we have power/authority.
Yes, before Jesus sent the twelve disciples out He gave them (power/ authority) over all the powers of this world, Satan. In like manner, this same Jesus, now in us/ the believer, will walk in this same authority/ power as the Holy Spirit leads and guides us into this truth. As we follower His leading we are empowered to do His work.
A question to ponder: Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart? This question is of the utmost importance in which all will need to answer. It will make a difference in this life and the life after.
If you have not made Jesus you Savior, NOW would be a good time. Salvation is a free gift from God to those who desire to have fellowship with God. Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, will bring about a new beginning in your life and build your relationship with God for eternity. Their is only one way to God and to heaven. The cross made the way. God’s plan of salvation. Christ was and is our salvation. Let’s take a moment and ponder the very meaning of Christ in us!
- God’s Salvation Plan was to get Christ in us. The way of the cross was the means of bringing man into a relationship with God and keeping sin out. God’s Salvation Plan, the Gospel, was to bring Christ to live in man.
- The infilling of the Holy Spirit was and is given to every born again believer who desires Him and is the means to get Christ out of us. In other words, working through us and flowing through us. Yes, the power to witness and become a witness of the saving power of Christ in the believer.
Here is another way to look at the above: Christ, going to the the cross, brought us these 2 steps:
Step 1: The cross gave us the means to receive Jesus into our hearts, allows Jesus to become Lordship of our life and guarantees us eternal life with God as we follow and obey His Word. Asking Jesus in our hearts, repenting of our sin, turning from our sin and beginning a new life in Christ. This is to be our 1st step.
Step 2: After Salvation, it was God’s plan to fill the born again believer with His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Simply put; to be filled with the Holy Spirit, will take yielding and surrendering one’s self, asking and desiring to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God has promised to fill all who will ask in faith and they will receive the infilling of this precious gift. This gift for all born again believers, will take you from Christ in you, to Christ flowing out of you. The very power and boldness to become witnesses of Christ, touching the lost and hurting in this world.
One must be alert to Satan’s deceptive practices. Daily prayer and reading God’s Word, dying out to self daily, will help keep us focused on our daily walk, relationship with God. The Holy Spirit will teach, guide and lead us into all truth.
Power is the one thing many Christians lack and yet, Jesus gave this “power” to the believer and is available to all born again believers. I believe this same “authority” “power” is available to ever believer, today, but it will take both the infilling of the Holy Spirit and obedience to God’s Word.
- Matthew 10:1 (NKJV) “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”
What was this “power” that was given? It is not “our power” or “our authority”. Simply put: It is Christ in us flowing through us.
“Power” in this passage is not dunamis, but the Greek word exousia,ex-oo-see’-ah meaning (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
Jesus literally gives the believer “power” under His authority to do the very things He did when He was here on earth. To truly walk in the power that Christ has given us as a believer, we must first learn to walk in and under authority, as an heir to the righteousness of God, an heir to the divine nature of God!
Yes, in obedience and under the authority of Christ and the direction of the Holy Spirit. This and more, is available to every believer who takes his or her place in authority with Christ. This authority will come when we stand firm in Christ and the Word of God.
The question that must be asked is, How do we as believers receive this power?
This authority is given to those believers that are Spirit Filled, those that ask, seek and knock. This authority is given to those that believe, by faith and desire their inherited rights as a born again believer, to be Spirit filled. We are Heirs of the Righteousness of God and joint-heirs with Christ. When we listen and obey God’s voice, faith will abound and the will of God will prevail.
- Hebrews 11:7 It was by faith that Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about something that had never happened before. By his faith he condemned the rest of the world and was made right in God’s sight.
Righteousness seems so far from us as we observe (the sins of others) and know from our own experience (our own sins). As we see what it means; Christ in us and who we are in Christ and relay on Christ in us by faith will bring about a whole new level of faith. Christ now takes reign in us, the believer.
Noah lived in a wicked age and he was surrounded by violent sinners; yet He became an heir to righteousness.
Noah’s righteousness came by faith, this was also true with Abraham
- (Romans 4:3) It is only through faith that we can receive the righteousness of Christ. By faith we are made heirs of righteousness.
We are Heirs of the Kingdom, the Kingdom of God.
- James 2:5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the kingdom God promised to those who love him?
God’s kingdom is for today; both a spiritual and a literal, coming kingdom. Right now His Kingdom is within the believer. But soon, Christ is coming back for a church, a people without spot or wrinkle; to set up His literal Kingdom.
Heirs of the kingdom is to ALL Christians, who love and obey Christ.
We as descendants of Abraham are promised this kingdom inheritance by faith…
- Romans 4:13-16 It is clear, then, that God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God’s law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. So if you claim that God’s promise is for those who obey God’s law and think they are “good enough” in God’s sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it.
(The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!) So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham.
4. ALL will NOT receive the inheritance of God’s Kingdom. Those living for this world will not receive it. ONLY those who are born again will receive eternal life. Only those who are spirit filled believers, living a Godly life and living by faith will inherit all things of the kingdom.
YES, we are Joint Heirs with Christ…
- Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children (greek-sons) of God.
At physical birth, our first birth, we became heirs of our parents.
We became heirs of God at our second birth.
- John 1:12 -13 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan—this rebirth comes from God.
- John 3:5 Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
As children of God we are Joint heirs with Christ!
Do you realize the potential that is waiting for every believer, who would accept their inheritance by faith and start walking in the promises that is theirs? We now can come boldly before God with our requests and receive His promises.
- Colossians 1:15-22 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Here in verse 15, Paul describes Jesus as “the visible image (likeness) of the invisible God.” Yes, Jesus possesses the very character and nature of God.
- The Firstborn over all creation…v15…Jesus holds the top spot in the entire universe.
- The Creator of all things…v16…architect and builder of everything…that includes earthly seats of power and those who occupy them.
- Predecessor …v17…He existed before everything else began.
- The Sustainer …v17…Jesus is the very “glue” that holds the universe together.
- Head of the church…v18…He is supreme in both the physical and spiritual world; directing and uniting both the universe and the church.
- The Firstborn from among the dead…v18…Jesus’ resurrection gave Him ultimate authority over sin and death, because He lives today, guarantees the resurrection of all believers and eternal life.
- The Redeemer…v19-22…As a divine Savior…He alone can remove all barriers between God and humanity, by paying the price on the cross for our sins, we can now stand blameless before God, completely free of accusations.
Are you living like an heir of the King? Remember, who you are and whose you are…Christ in us! Rejoice…We are SON’S AND DAUGHTER’S OF THE Most High KING!
Love in Christ Jesus,