by Pastor Ken
Now, brothers, I entrust you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
In this short verse, Paul touches on three important themes of the Bible: God’s grace; Christian nurturing, or building up; and inheritance.
Grace is an unmerited favor from God. God’s favor lasts a lifetime (Psalm 30:5). And God is gracious to the humble (Psalm 3:34). From God’s abundance, you have received one blessing after another, and God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came to you through Jesus Christ (John 1:16-17).
Remember: God’s wonderful gift of forgiveness through Jesus is yours because of His amazing grace.
God is the Master Builder. And the foundation of His Church is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthian 3:11). But the Church is not a building. The Church is the body of believers. And as a body of believers, we are to come together to build one another up using the fruit of the Spirit who lives in us. The result of this is the evidence of the character of Christ in you and me (Ephesians 3:14–21).
The “pledge of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:14) is the pledge of salvation brought by the Holy Spirit. It is also referred to as the “inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18) and the spiritual possession of the Christian (Ephesians 5:5). It is the inheritance we will receive when Jesus returns to bring us home.
Thank You for Your amazing grace, nurturing, and for the eternal inheritance which can be mine.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.