Day 14 – Ephesians 1v11

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Some years ago I remember being told a modern parable by a good older friend of mine, John Robb, who is also the senior elder in our fellowship.  The parable was told as follows: There was a wealthy man who had only one son, and whose beloved wife had died young.  The father was devoted to the son and not only invested his love, time and energies into his son welfare but also entrusted his extensively large estate into his son sole care.  However life can be devastatingly unfair and tragically the son became desperately ill and eventually died from his illness.  The father in his grief retreated from society and commissioned an artist friend of the family to paint his late son’s portrait.  Not long after the portrait was completed the father himself died of a broken heart.  In purely human terms there is no amount of wealth or temporal security that can immune us from personal tragedy, and without the hope of eternal security in Christ such grief can be a heavy load to bear.  Since there was no one to leave his entire estate to the father ordered in his last will and testament that the entire estate should be sold at a public auction.
When the day of the auction arrived many were gathered in the grand dining room ready to make their bids.  The auctioneers began proceedings by bringing out the portrait of the beloved son and asked for bids to begin at a certain modest sum.  The room was silent, no one stirred.  The auctioneer lowered his bid but still no one made an offer.  The painting itself did not seem to those gathered to be a masterpiece, and since they did not know the son they placed no value on the painting. The auctioneer continued to lower his bid until finally he said, “Who will bid anything for this item?”
From the back of the room came an offer that was so low that it seemed like pennies to everyone else in the room, the bid itself raised a few eyebrows and muffled laughter.  However the bid had come from a person standing at the back of the great hall, a person who had been an employee some years before to the family.  He was moved by the memory of the son and despite the paintings failings as a work of art he wanted a memorial of the son for himself.  During the years he had served the family he had become very fond of the late son, however unfortunately he himself had fallen on hard times and the seemingly paltry amount was all the money he had in his pocket.
The auctioneer declared the item sold and then everyone in the room breathed a sigh of relief sensing now that the valuable parts of the estate would be presented for auction.  However to everyone’s amazement the auctioneer announced that the auction was now closed, and then proceeded to read an excerpt from the deceased father’s will.  It read as follows: From those gathered at public auction, if any of these should love the memory of my son enough to purchase his painting, they shall inherit my whole estate and the auction will come to a close. For whoever has my son shall claim it all!
We too have come into an inheritance through the love of a SON; the only difference is found in 1 John 4v10, In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins; and 1 John 5v12, He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  Our true inheritance, one that cannot fade or spoil is Christ Himself (see 1 Peter 1v4 below).  He alone is the pearl of great price, the treasure hidden in a field, the Shepherd in Whom there is no want.  Therefore be encouraged today that if worry and anxiety are knocking our door like debt collectors, let us remind those imposters that the debt has already been paid at the CROSS and that they have no power over us because we have come into an inheritance through Jesus Christ that more than sufficient not only for this life, but for all eternity.  And if there is any doubt in our minds as to whether the SON OF GOD is in our hearts today, then let us not delay, let us receive the inheritance of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ, so that His life can start transforming ours.
Heavenly Father, thank you that in Christ we have obtained an inheritance that cannot fade, spoil or perish.  Thank you that we who have the SON have eternal life.  Forgive us our sins LORD and transform us into the image of Christ that we may bare His resemblance here on earth.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1

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