True Blessing #3 Inheritance (Ephesians 1:11-12)

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We’ll be in the book of Ephesians this morning, Ephesians 1:11-12. Looking at verses 11 and 12 together. One of the most popular storylines in literature is, the rags to riches tale where there’s a complete transformation in someone’s life. Maybe it happens because of a magic lamp like in “Aladdin”. Maybe it happens because there’s a switching place with someone in royalty like Mark Twain’s, “Prince and the Pauper”. In other stories, there’s a beggar who’s been living on the streets who suddenly comes into an inheritance, and that inheritance changes everything for the individual’s future. Most civilizations throughout the ages have followed the customs of inheritance. Where upon death, a man’s wealth, his land, his possessions are passed down to his son or to another family member. Now, sometimes the heir wasn’t a blood relative. Maybe someone had been adopted into the family or maybe just simply a friend or someone chosen by the individual would receive the inheritance. Probably some of you have benefited from an inheritance that was passed down from a previous generation, a great grandparent, a parent, a father or mother. Others of us in this room probably have already signed the legal documents, the paper that, a “Will” that states, when it’s time for you to go, what you own is going to be passed down to this family member. So, I think most of us here are familiar with the concept of an inheritance, and this same customary practice was present in the time of the Bible in comparable ways. And it’s this description we find in God’s word this morning that we’re going to look at third and final blessing that we as Christians have in Christ. The Apostle Paul, led by God’s spirit, began this letter that was written to Christians in the first century. Living in the region of ancient Ephesus. He began this letter with this long and beautiful song of praise to God. The song began back in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”, and as this song of praise then continues on, we see one of the main reasons we can praise God is because of all of the blessings he has given us through his Son. These good gifts that are eternal and lasting for his people and so we’ve actually taken three sermons Sunday morning to work through this song of praise to think about these spiritual blessings we have in Jesus. We look two weeks ago at the blessing of “election”, God has chosen us in Christ Ephesians 1:3-6. Last Sunday, we looked at Ephesians 1:7-10, saw the blessing of redemption we have in Jesus. This morning we come to the final section as we consider the blessing of inheritance.