Heir of the World
“For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13).
God is creating a new heaven and new earth, and gathering people to spend eternity with Him. These people will inherit the new heaven and new earth. These people are His children. They love righteousness and hate evil and sin. They seek a personal relationship with God and Jesus.
They seek to know who God is and what pleases Him. They are sincere and genuine in their faith, and seek God with all their heart. Even though they fail to execute actions correctly, they continue trying by following the example of Jesus in the Bible.
It is like a father who teaching his young son to be a carpenter. The father would instruct him how to use a saw and make a straight cut in a piece of wood. The boy’s first try was awkward. He could not hold the saw properly and found it difficult to make the first cut. The father continued to instruct and help him, but the first time the boy cut the wood was crooked and messy.
Yet, the father was pleased with the boy, not because of the result but because he is his son, and he loves him. The father is investing his time and effort into his son because he wants to teach him something good, but most of all because the father enjoys his relationship with his son, and desires all the very best for him. The father continues throughout the days, weeks, months and years to teach his son new skills and techniques, and encourages and corrects him as needed.
This is a small example of our Heavenly Father’s relationship with His people. He loves us and wants to be in a deep, personal relationship with us. To teach us what is good, and encourage and correct us as each of us individually needs.
As children of God, born again by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus, we have an inheritance in the new heaven and new earth, a treasure which cannot be taken away. Such hope is based not on what we do, but on who we are in Christ. Our hope of heaven is sure because the foundation is based on the promise of God - and God never breaks His promise.
“For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself.” (Hebrews 6:13).
“...God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast ...” (Hebrews 6:17-19).
So when life in this world seems too difficult, remember you have a heavenly Father who loves you more than you can image and has your best interests at heart. Not only that, He will fulfill His promise to save you in Christ and bring you safely to your inheritance of eternal life in heaven.