Recall from the previous article the setting of a reading of the will. Those in attendance may have no knowledge of its content or who is involved or excluded from the inheritance. The scene is perhaps apprehensive and somewhat somber and rightly so.
In the spiritual realm, the scene when believers receive their inheritance is one of great joy and excitement. The setting is in the presence of the One who is the Inheritor of all that God has provided for the God-Man, Jesus Christ who was victorious over sin and death. Be assured, present is every individual who placed their faith and trust in Christ as their Savior for the Scriptures state … “and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom 8:17a NASB). The Apostle Paul did not define “children” on the basis of physical birth, but rather … “you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26 NASB).
John explains how anyone in the human race becomes a child of God … “But as many as received Him [Christ], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12 NASB). Jesus, when talking with Nicodemus presented a new birth, spiritual in nature … "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. "Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’ ” (John 3:6-7 NASB). "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB).
Each person who responds in faith receives eternal life, God’s kind of life and that eternal relationship is secure. This truth of eternal life is often misunderstood. By its very definition, eternal is eternal and not temporary. Yet, it is clear that Christians sin and sin breaks fellowship, but not relationship. When these two conditions are united into one, there is a sense of hopeless failure, frustration and fear. Relationship is permanent because of God’s provision of placing the believer in Christ. But fellowship deals with who is control of our lives, God the Holy Spirit or self.
The writer of Hebrews, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit addressed why our eternal security in Christ cannot be altered. He used a debater’s technique in which an incorrect assumption is presented as if it were true and if that position is held, then there is an inevitable conclusion or result because … “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if [of assumption] they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace” Heb 6:4-6 NIV).
Anything that could result in loss of one’s eternal life would require that Christ go to the Cross again. He obviously had failed to pay for the sin which resulted in such loss. That did NOT occur for Scripture states …“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Heb 6:17-19 NIV).
The aged Apostle John encouraged his congregation with the truth that their relationship with God was eternal. However fellowship could be broken by sin but God’s grace provision restored fellowship … “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NASB).