The Kingdom Comes as an Inheritance
Galatians 5:19-24; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done”… such a great prayer because it frees us from ourselves, our petty concerns and into the grand scheme of God. In fact, a strong biblical case could be made from both the teachings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul that nothing is more important than entering this kingdom, or in our study this morning, securing an inheritance in this kingdom. The problem is that we may be often misguided in our attempts.
Jesus talked about a young man who was bent on securing this inheritance, but seemed to misunderstand that Giver was more important than the gift (Luke 15:11-13). His brother was equally at deceived by his own self-righteousness (Luke 15:25-30).
I am sure there are many who have read Paul’s admonitions against wrong-doing and concluded that avoiding evil is the path to inherit the kingdom (1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:19-21). But being washed, sanctified, justified…Spirit-filled positive living is far more important (1 Cor 6:11; Gal 5:13-16; 22-23).
The truth is we have no hope of earning our inheritance (Mark 10:17, 21). Our only hope is in the grace of God (Luke 15:31-32) and the God of grace.