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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:11 AM
Subject: the inheritance of life
Ephesians 1:11 "In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will"
The idea of an inheritance is a mixture of sweet and sad. Generally an inheritance means that someone close to you has died. They looked ahead during their lifetime to determine who should receive their earthly goods when they left this life. And they thought of you! Receiving an inheritance represents receiving the fruit of a loved one's life and it also means continuing to remember their lives and their love for you. It also allows one who has died to continue to provide love even after departing.
When Jesus died He left a very unique inheritance. He gave Himself to live within us! Consider this following verse: 13 "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit"
Jesus died so that we could inherit life!...but in order to receive that inheritance we must die also! Romans, chapter 6 talks about this: 7 "For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him."
The inheritance of Jesus is sweet because it was received because of His death. It leads to receiving His life and it means that we, too, have died to all that has separated us from the One who has loved us from before we were even born.
Romans 6: 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again.