Christ's Work, My Inheritance
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"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance - an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see" (1 Peter 1:3-5).
Peter was clear that because God raised Christ from the dead, affirming his finished work on the cross, that those who believe in him have a spiritual inheritance. But do you know the magnitude of what Christ's life, death, and resurrection accomplished for you? Take some time to work through these verses and answer the questions. Don't rush through this; consider working through one per day so that you may soak in the rich truth of your spiritual inheritance.
Read: Ephesians 1:3-7
List three to five spiritual gifts God gave us through Christ.
Read: Ephesians 2:1-10
List three to five statements in this passage about who you were without Christ.
Now list three to five statements in this passage that are true of you because of Christ.
Read: Galatians 4:4-7
What does this passage say about who you were before Christ?
List two to four things this passage says are true of you now because of Christ.
Read Romans 7:21-8:30
List all the phrases that describe some of the hope we have through Christ's work.
Read Romans 4:23-5:11
List a few of the benefits of being declared righteous as described in this passage.
Look back over your answer, and take a moment to take it all in. "Oh what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD Has cleared of sin." (Romans 4:7-8)
In light of the truth from these passages, what do Jesus's final words on the cross, "It is finished," mean to you?
We have much to be grateful for and it can stir our hearts to worship. Yet at the same time, we still doubt, wrestle, and fight to believe. In those moments, we can pray, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief." (Mark 9:24)
- Take a moment to reflect. Circle any of these spiritual realities that are a struggle to believe and consider why.
- Write a prayer or journal and ask God to help you remember these specific truths and reflect on all that you have been given in Christ.
- Write out some of these phrases or verses and memorize them. Let them be the foundation for your faith that lets you rest in and be shaped by the finished work of Christ.