Inheritance in Light

Read: Colossians 1:9-14

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (v. 12)

There is a lot to be learned about inheritance from the Bible. The ESV translation uses the word 187 times. Exodus 34 finds Moses flat on his face before God, pleading, “Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance” (Exodus 34:9 NIV). In answer to his plea, God renews the covenant. We are God’s inheritance, and God will spill his own blood to protect us.

Jesus tells a story about an attempt by tenants to steal the inheritance, even killing the landowner’s son. Three of four Gospels contain the parable, agreeing that the inheritance will be fought over, killed over, and the owner will return and give his vineyard to new tenants.

God will prevail, and an inheritance will be given to his children. Peter calls it a living hope, “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven” (1 Peter 1:4). Paul calls it an inheritance in light. We might think of coming into land, or riches—but an inheritance in light and living hope are even better. Before that day, however, the Holy Spirit is “the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it” (Ephesians 1:14). A reward is coming, guaranteed, and we already possess the down payment. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, treasure the knowledge that you are an inheritance and have an inheritance.

About the Author

With a bachelors in journalism from Texas Tech University and a masters from Western Theological Seminary, Amy Clemens enjoys all things writing, particularly about the life of faith. She is blessed with a family that includes husband Fred, five children, and five grandchildren.

Amy has just published her first book, "Walking When You'd Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall," which weaves her journey from childhood abuse toward healing and spiritual growth with a practical theology for the big story of God. You can find out more about the book and author at walkingwhenyoudratherfly.com.

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Light in the Darkness