Our Glorious Inheritance
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. - Revelation 20:11-13
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. - Revelation 21:1-7
Glory seems like a vague description, but it is the single word that best captures our future as children of God. Though the details of this inheritance are not made clear to us, what is certain is that all of God’s children are heirs together with Christ of a glorious future.
That glorious future is depicted briefly in Revelation 21 like a movie trailer meant to tease our curiosity. In our skewed priorities we tend to focus on streets of gold and gates of pearl. But the image in Revelation 21 that should capture our imaginations is not precious jewels but the priceless relationship we are promised with God. “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.” The greatest treasure is that the distinction between heaven and earth will disappear, God and humanity will live together in heavenly perfection. There will be no more separation from the Father, no more wandering from home rejecting God’s perfect love. We were created to know God as he knows us.
This sneak preview of heaven reveals that this relationship will finally be complete. The vital relationship between our Father God and all his children is the crown jewel of this new and glorious reality.
The devotional message, “Our Glorious Inheritance”, was written by Pastor Rob Jansons, and appeared in “Today”, , May 29, 2015. Used here with permission from the website.