Lesson #5
Our Inheritance In Heaven

     Today, many people fail to recognize that the inheritance in Heaven is far more valuable than all the riches in the world.  They fail to realize its worth.  Our Lord also says, "The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys the field.  Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who when he had found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had and bought it" (Matthew 13:44-46).  We must spare no expense or effort in this life to obtain the inheritance of Heaven.

     Our inheritance came at a great price, the cruel death of Jesus on the cross.  He purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28), which "has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of His dear Son" (Colossians 1:12-13).

     God doesnít want anyone to be lost.  God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4).  But before one can be saved he must first come to the knowledge of the truth of Godís word.  Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to Me, ĎLord, Lord,í shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).  Only those who faithfully do the will of God as found in the Bible can be saved and receive the inheritance of Heaven.   

     How does one qualify to receive Godís inheritance of Heaven?  To receive the inheritance we must be one of Godís children in accordance with His terms as stated in the Bible.  How do we become a child of God so we can qualify for the inheritance?  "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27).  If we have been baptized into Christ it is "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance" (Ephesians 1:11).  When we are baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins so we can be saved, then we know we are His children and are qualified for His inheritance, but only if we remain faithful to Him.  People of the denominational churches do not qualify for Godís inheritance of Heaven, because they have not obeyed what God requires, but they have obeyed some man-made doctrine.  No one can obey the will of man and receive Godís inheritance of Heaven.  Many people laugh and scoff at what Jesus says about baptism being necessary for one to be saved.  They may laugh in this life, but they will be weeping and wailing in the next.

     What does the Lord do with His children; those who are baptized for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38) so they can be saved (Mark 16:16)?  "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47).  The Lord adds only those who are saved to His church (Matthew 16:18).  There are no unsaved people in the Lordís church.  Jesus only has one church (Ephesians 4:4, 1:22-23).  He didnít establish any of the many denominations we see in the world today.  Men started all these so the unsaved could have their own church. 

     After we have been baptized into Christ, it is through the Holy Spirit revealed word of the New Testament that "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:16-17).  We then are assured "Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance" (Colossians 3:24).  We should then "Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven" (Matthew 5:12).  We then have "An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:4).    

     We should "Let no man cheat you of your reward" (Colossians 2:18).  We should live a faithful life and "be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure" (2 Peter 1:10).  Then on Judgment Day we will hear the Lord say to us "Come you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34).  Letís make sure we qualify for the inheritance of Heaven.  Everyday we need to tell ourselves that the main thing in this life is to go to Heaven.  We read in Colossians 3:2, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."  We should regularly think about going to Heaven.  Heaven is a prepared place (John 14:2-3) for prepared people.  It will be such a wonderful place, which is beyond our wildest dreams.  Going to Heaven is a lifelong race as we read in Hebrews 12:1, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."  Going to Heaven requires endurance, patience, and persistence.  We must finish the race.

Questions Lesson #5
Our Inheritance Of Heaven

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1)  (Matthew 13:44-46) The parables of the treasure and pearl of great price

      Teaches the immense value of going to Heaven.

      Teaches that the value of Heaven is worth little.

      Teaches that the value of Heaven is worthless.

2)  We must spare no expense or effort to obtain the inheritance of Heaven.

3)  (1 Timothy 2:4) Does God want us to be lost?

      He doesn't care if we are lost or not.

      God desires all men to be saved.

      God only wants some people to be saved.

4)  One must first come to a knowledge of the truth of God's word to be saved.

5)  (Matthew 7:21) Who will go to Heaven?

      All people.

      All those who just call Jesus, Lord.

      Only those who do the will of God.

6)  We don't have to be faithful to God's will to go to Heaven.

7)  (Romans 8:16-17) Who will inherit Heaven.

      Only faithful children of God.

      All people.

      The illegitimate children of the denominational world.

8)  Those going to Heaven will not be joint heirs with Christ.

9)  (Matthew 5:12) Because of our reward of Heaven

      We should be sad.

      We should rejoice and be exceedingly glad.

      It is not all that important.

10)  The reward of Heaven is not worth very much.

11)  (2 Peter 1:10) Why should we be even more diligent?

      To make our calling and election of going to Heaven sure.

      There is no need to be any more diligent than we are now.

      There is no need to even be diligent at all.

12)  (Colossians 2:18) No one can cheat us of our reward of Heaven.

13)  (Colossians 3:2) What should we set our affection on?

      Having a good time.

      Making more money.

      Things above, that is Heaven.

14)  (Hebrews 12:1) If we expect to go to Heaven, we must run with endurance the race.

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