KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Chapters: Ezekiel 46-48
Message: An Inheritance Available For All
Hello My Friend,
Inheritance; An estate derived from an ancestor to an heir by order of events or in the course of the law. We have all inherited something from our ancestors, perhaps possessions, characteristics, or skills, but there is an inheritance available for all, more than anything we can receive from our earthly ancestors, and that is the Kingdom of God. There is only one way to receive that inheritance, and that is Jesus Christ. “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.” – Ephesians 1:9-12.
“being predestinated according to the purpose” Many people misinterpret what being predestined means, they believe that only certain people are from birth chosen by God who will and will not inherit His Kingdom. Yes, there are a few instances where God specifically chooses people to work for Him from the womb, but the majority of us must choose for ourselves if we want to be one of His. What this means is that God has already predestinated that all who believe in His Son will inherit His Kingdom. This is not something new, it always has been, as God continues to give Ezekiel visions of His Kingdom, He shows him that it is the prince who offers it.
“Now when the prince shall prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily unto the LORD, one shall then open him the gate that looketh toward the east, and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day: then he shall go forth; and after his going forth one shall shut the gate. Thus saith the Lord GOD; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his sons’; it shall be their possession by inheritance. But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons’ for them. Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.” – Ezekiel 46:12,16-18.
“then it shall be his to the year of liberty;” The year of liberty is when Christ will come for all His people. God will use anyone to bring people to Christ, even those who are not saved. There may be many false religions out there, but there is only one Christ, and He alone is necessary if we want to be part of the Kingdom of God. Even if He used them and they are not saved, they do not get to keep the inheritance unless they personally accept Him as their Saviour. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matthew 7:21-23.
Jew or Gentile, not everyone follows God’s will to receive the gift of the inheritance from the prince. And yes, God does and always has given all the opportunity to choose Him as LORD. Through Ezekiel, God gives the order on who will inherit a portion of the Kingdom, these are tribes of Israel and strangers.
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions. And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance. So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 47:13,14,21-23.
“and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel;” All who receive Christ as their Saviour become heirs with Christ and will receive an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” – Romans 8:14-17.
Further account is given of each of the portions of land Israel, not for only the twelve tribes of Israel, including the cities in which God and His ministers will dwell.
“The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth. And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof. This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD. And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures. And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.” – Ezekiel 48:9,10,29-31,35.
Everyone who believes in and accepts Christ becomes heirs with Him and receives an inheritance in His Kingdom. It is only by the grace of God that we are blessed to have eternal life with Him and receive a part of the inheritance that the Jews will receive too. While we are not saved by our works, our works do help in the portion we will receive. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” – Matthew 16:26-28.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.” – Ezekiel 46:2.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for giving us a way to be part of Your family, we not only receive eternal life with You we get to be part of Your Kingdom. Lord, as we live our lives awaiting Your return let us live in a way that is pleasing to You and brings others to You. Whenever we open our mouths, may the words be given to us so that we will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel to those who have not yet heard. We thank You for those who presently come alongside us in Your work. We pray for our combined labors that unbelievers will open their hearts to receive the Gospel and their promised inheritance waiting for them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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