Ephesians 1:11

Our Wonderful Inheritance


Intro: This morning we are considering the 4th Statement in our Series on the In Christ Statements found in Eph 1-3

A) First was 1:3 Blessed w/ Every spiritual Blessing in the Heavenlies in Christ – Overall Statement – Many Blessings – all available – those in Christ


B) 2nd Began to get more specific 1:4 – Chosen in Christ – The Blessing of ELECTION

 1) 3rd 1:7 In Him We have redemption – In Christ  Redeemed / Forgiven


C) Today we come to statement #4 - Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,


Have you ever seen the look on Someone’s face who has won – Publishers Clearing house / Lottery / Who wants to be a Millionaire

A) It is a look that communicates – My life as suddenly been Changed forever { Look of Amazement & Happiness


B) As a believer in JC I can understand that feeling – Because In Jesus Christ I have become the recipient of a remarkable treasure

1) Because I belong to Jesus – I am a beneficiary of Incredible wealth


C) In the gospel of John Ch. 3:35  The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand


D) Heb 1:2 We are told that God has appointed His Son to be the Heir of all things


E) Now the reason that is significant to us is this: Paul declared in the Book of Romans CH.  8:16-17

16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,


Now put all of that together and it is a startling reality:

A) God has given everything to His Son – He has appointed Jesus to be the Heir of all things { He has made up Joint Heirs w/ Christ { Wow !!


B) Let’s consider this morning the NATURE of our INHERITANCE

There are two aspects – PRESENT & FUTURE

1) Lets consider first the present aspect- Present Blessings


C) There are many things that we could talk about – I want to Focus on

      3 things


#1 In Christ we are recipients of ABUNDANT LIFE !!!!

John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.


A) Meph. – Lame Crippled – afraid living in fear / hiding out – All Changed one day – Because of who he was related to – Jonathan

1) David and Jonathan’s PACT – when throne Kind to my Heirs


B) Meph becomes as one of David’s sons – All the blessings of the Palace - Because He was in Jonathan - A part of Jonathan

1) We become as God’s Son –Joint heirs – because we are in Christ


C) Recipients of Abundant life !!!– Not just surviving, barely making it from day to day, but a life filled with joy and peace and love.

1) Those are the three great provisions, the daily elements of our inheritance in Jesus.


D) An abundant life, speaks of  a life filled w/ excitement &  adventure.

1) I was reminded of this while in Hungary last week: Looking at all that the Lord has done there – 18 Churches – Bible college


E) I was reminded that I was able to be on the ground breaking of what God has done there : 1st team – Never imagined { Sense there is More to come

That is the Beauty of this life - It is filled with constant expectation of what is coming next.

A) As I look back  on almost 30 yrs of walking w/ the Lord, & I realize I could not have chosen a more exciting life than the one God has given me.


B) Sometimes it is dangerous, sometimes it hurts, but it is filled with a sense of adventure. That is what Jesus means by "the abundant life."


#2 In Christ we are the recipients of  Abundant Resources

A) When I was in High school – I went out for the Basketball – team { Upon making the team I inherited two things : 1st was A uniform


B) I will never forget taking that home and trying it on – wondering who wore that before me – Who else played in that Jersey { good / bad


C) I also inherited a tradition – of winning – my school was known for it’s athletic achievements – winning teams

1) Basketball was one of it’s better sports


D)   So those were two things I inherited for making the team

1) But the skills of the person who played before me – or the tradition of the School – could not help me to be a better basketball player


E)  See I did ok as a basketball player – But I lacked in 3 important  areas – Height / Speed and Jumping ability { But I could shoot

1) There was nothing magical about that Uniform –


But from Christ we receive all the Resources needed to be Successful people in the Kingdom of God

A) Think of it this way: Bill Gates has for 9 straight yrs topped the Forbes list of the worlds most wealthiest men – worth 46 billion


B) Lets say that Bill Gates – called you & said – go into Business together

1) You bring your assets & resources & I will bring mine – Lunch you show up w/ 1,000 dollars – put on the table – He – 46 Billion

C) In essence By placing us in Christ – and making us Joint Heirs that is what God the Father has done w/ us

1) Partnership together : Your Resources – I will bring mine


D) Show up w/ our talents – Play guitar / Sing / Broom/ Chair/ - draw

Great I will take it

1) Problems / Fears/ Insecurities/


E) God Brings : Abounding grace / Unlimited Power / Awesome Wisdom

Incredible Strength / Unending peace –


And so it doesn’t matter what situation that we find ourselves in / what trial what difficulty / what obstacle

A) God is going to supply us with what is needed to accomplish the task


B) God is going to meet our need with a supply from His resources – that will enable us to do exactly what He wants us to do in that situation

Phil 4:19

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus




#3 In Christ we are the recipients of Abundant Security

A) Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon formed against you shall prosper


B) Anything  that comes into our lives has to pass thru the protective hand of our Father – Jn 10 No one snatch us from Him / Rom 8 Nothing separate us

1) Weapons are formed against us – but they don’t prosper – Because In Him we are Protected / we are secure


C) Paul put it this way: 2 Cor 4:8. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed –


Now let us turn to consider the Future aspects of our Inheritance

Turn our attention toward Heaven / Eternity

1 Peter 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,


A) Now I want us to consider 5 things about the Future aspect of Our Inheritance   { 1st Given a New Home !!!!


John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also


B) Prepare a place for you: Earth 6 days – Heaven 2,000 yrs

1) Paul said indescribable –


C) The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about Heaven –

1) I think it is possible that the Lord doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what Heaven looks like is because  HE KNOWS we couldn’t handle it


D) He knows That if we knew exactly what it was going to be like we couldn’t think of anything else !!! ( All Consumed) – Worthless

1) Almost like – if you know what is for Dessert – You really don’t want to eat dinner { THANKSGIVING


C) Restaurants – don’t show you the dessert Tray before dinner – a lot of us wouldn’t order the main course ( 2 of those / 3 of these )

1) So Because what we do here is going to determine & play a part in our involvement & enjoyment in eternity


D) The Lord doesn’t want us to see this life as merely a formality – something we just have to get thru so we can get to the Good stuff

2nd  Aspect of our Future Inheritance: We are going to experience a new Joy CS Lewis called Joy the serious Business of Heaven 

A)1 Peter 1:8 Talking about the Joy of heaven & seeing the Lord he described it as a Joy that is inexpressible & full of Glory


B) A joy that is beyond our Human Capacities to Comprehend & enjoy


C) Psalm 16:11 In his Presence is fullness of Joy


 3rd Aspect of our Future Inheritance/ We are going to be given a New Hat

A)We are going to be rewarded – Crowns from the Lord

Now maybe you have never stood in the winners circle before


B)Never won the race at the track meet – never won the spelling bee / you didn’t win the beauty contest or the talent show / Chili cook off


C) Your little sister beats you at Checkers { A-1 loser } Hands


D)  Listen you will stand in the winners circle in heaven

1) Your day is coming – what the world has over looked { Your father in heaven has seen


E)  What the world has forgotten Your father in heaven has remembered


Heb 6:10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

A) He doesn’t forget and He is going to reward you – What was done in Secret shall be rewarded openly


B) In 1 Cor 4:5 Paul puts it this way: 5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.


C) This is awesome to me – that when it comes to giving Praise & honor and Recognition – God doesn’t delegate the Job


D) Pres Bush might Send VP Cheney or Colin Powel or one of his aids to Congratulate someone on a great achievement –

1) But God doesn’t send an Angel / Doesn’t send Gabriel { He doesn’t have an angelic spokes person


E) No according to Paul – God Himself is going to praise His Children

Jesus will say – Well done .. Good & faithful servant – enter into rest



4th Aspect of our Future Inheritance : We will have a New Perception

1 Cor 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.


A) Everything that doesn’t make sense now – will then

         Every question answered


B) Also We are going to be like Jesus - 1 John 3:2-3

2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.



5th  Aspect of our Future Inheritance – Given New Bodies – Turn to 2nd Corinthians 4 :16 – Thru Chapter 5

A) New Bodies { No more pain / No limitations{ time/  space  / No more flaws - bald hair / crooked teeth straight


B) No more Weight problems { eat and not gain weight


C) Spirit as a Guarantee – Serious

1) Engagement ring –


D) Means more to Her – Longing


E) Discontentment – Listen – Longing for heaven


Longing for intimacy w/ God