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Our Inheritance in Christ #1   T. Austin Sparks

Started Aug-24 by PAULFROMNYS; 133 views.
PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Aug-24

   

 

Chapter 1 - Predestination, Preparation, Possession

 

Reading: Joshua 1.

Joshua is the book of the inheritance in the Old Testament and there are some significant things attached to the occurrences and usages of this word "inheritance". In the Book of Numbers it occurs 35 times, in the Book Of Deuteronomy 18 times, but in the Book of Joshua 44 times; that is striking! Numbers is the book of the ordering of the hosts with the inheritance in view. Deuteronomy is the book of the establishing of the basis for possessing the inheritance, therefore you would expect to find the word frequently. In Leviticus the word "inheritance" occurs but once. Now Leviticus does not deal with inheritance, but with God's rights; it is the book of relationship to God by the altar; the book of approach and access to God, where God's rights are recognised, and God secures His rights by the Cross. God must have His rights before we can get our inheritance, as Leviticus teaches. Then when you come to the Book of Joshua you find the whole subject of the inheritance dealt with, and the entering into possession.

Coming over into the New Testament you find the letter to the Romans does not present "inheritance" in any concrete form, it is a book that deals with the spiritual foundations, and this is its link with the Book of Leviticus.

Joshua, the man (in type of the Spirit) brings to the inheritance. It is important and both interesting and significant to notice when Joshua comes into view.

In Exodus 17 we find Joshua coming into view at Rephidim, the place of the smitten rock, where the waters came forth giving life to the people; type of the life of the Spirit as the inward life of the people of God (see John 4:10-14). Then it is that Amalek immediately comes on the scene as type of the flesh rising up and crossing the path in order to prevent possession of the land, to hinder going into the inheritance. Amalek comes out to withstand Israel, and God immediately brought Joshua in to order the camp.

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PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Aug-25

   

Immediately you receive the Holy Spirit or experience a fresh filling of the Spirit, flesh rises up, Amalek comes out, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, for these are contrary the one to the other" (Gal. 5:17). These two are in age-long conflict, in antagonism. It is ever so; when you have a fresh experience of the Holy Spirit, the next thing you find is that you are in a new conflict against the old flesh-life in yourself; this rising up of the flesh within is provoked by the devil because he sees the inheritance in view, for when the Spirit comes the inheritance comes into view, HE has come to bring to the inheritance. So do not be surprised if after an experience of the Spirit the next thing you have to face is this conflict with the assertion of the flesh across the path to hinder your going into possession.

It is only when you have received the Holy Spirit that you know the conflict of the flesh and what is the withstanding of the flesh, those who have not the Spirit have no such conflict of flesh and Spirit; they are not in that realm, but wholly in the flesh realm.

The Holy Spirit has come in relation to the end, and the end is the inheritance in Christ, and flesh moved by Satan rises up to frustrate that end, and to rob you of the inheritance. The peril is that having begun in the Spirit, you might turn aside to make some compromise with Amalek, because of the hardness of the way, the greatness of the cost, by reason of the conflict and forgetting God's word - "utterly destroy Amalek" (1 Samuel 15:3). "Walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:4).

Fred (fnorthrup)

From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Aug-25

TAS said:

The Holy Spirit has come in relation to the end, and the end is the inheritance in Christ, and flesh moved by Satan rises up to frustrate that end, and to rob you of the inheritance.

Here is Paul's "mission statement."

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

To receive an inheritance. What is this inheritance? It is depicted in the Old Testament as a portion of the good land allotted to each tribe. The type in the Old Testament and the reality in the New Testament would make a good thread. Can we testify what this inheritance is and cite the reference verses?

Here is one:

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

"Meet to be partakers" means to be qualified for a share.

"the inheritance" is the word for "lot" as in cast lots. It means an allotted portion. 
We thank the Father who has qualified us for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light. If we see this, we will praise the Father for this!

marvinlzinn1

From: marvinlzinn1

Aug-26

What we inherited is from adoption by Jesus into his family, so we get what he inherited from God forever.

Fred (fnorthrup)

From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Aug-26

marvinlzinn1 said:

What we inherited is from adoption by Jesus into his family, so we get what he inherited from God forever.

Amen.

Acts 26:18 has these two phrases: "deliver them from the power of Satan to God" and "that they may receive...an inheritance."

This corresponds to the Old Testament picture of God's great salvation in Exodus.

Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;

"Delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians" would equal "deliver them from the power of Satan to God"

and, "bring them into a good land flowing with milk and honey" would equal "receive and inheritance"

This is a great matter. Salvation has two parts. Part one is Christ as our Passover Lamb to be delivered out of the power of Satan. Part two is Christ as our Joshua, to bring us into our inheritance. The "so great salvation" mentioned in Hebrews 2:3 is not referring to part one, but to part two, inheriting the good land, receiving the inheritance.

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

It is possible to neglect this part of salvation.

PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Aug-26

  Fred shared:   "Delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians" would equal "deliver them from the power of Satan to God"

and, "bring them into a good land flowing with milk and honey" would equal "receive ((the)) inheritance"

This is a great matter. Salvation has two parts. Part one is Christ as our Passover Lamb to be delivered out of the power of Satan. Part two is Christ as our Joshua, to bring us into our inheritance. The "so great salvation" mentioned in Hebrews 2:3 is not referring to part one, but to part two, inheriting the good land, receiving the inheritance.

   Paul replied:  Amen, TAS ungirds this wonderfully in Pioneers of the heavenly way.  I'm cutting and pasting this edifying teaching in the tread: Looking for that City.

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