Mark 10:17, Now as He (Jesus) was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” In the story of the rich young man, we see that he comes to Jesus with an earnest desire to know how he could inherit eternal life. Before we go any further, let me point out that the dictionary describes inheritance as a title or an office or property passed on by law to an heir. It is not like you can apply for it and wait till it comes through. Neither is it something that can be attained through works.
Inheritance is not dependant on who I am as an individual but it depends on who my parents are or the ones who have adopted me. It is not something that can be earned but only received. And the only way to receive an inheritance is to be born into a family.
So, how does anyone inherit eternal life?
The basis of our born again existence is our acceptance of Christ as Lord. We have been accepted by God and have received the right to being called sons of God which makes us part of His family. John 1:12-13, 12 But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
We are co-heirs with Christ. God adopted us into this family so that we could inherit eternal life. He made a way; He made The Way. Romans 8:15-17, 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Legally speaking, an inheritance would be mentioned in the will drawn up by the testator (the one who makes the will). The document has to be authorized, signed and sealed by a judge to make it legal and binding. Now we, as Christians, are aware that there is a will; the will of God. And God is the will creator and the Judge both. But just because there is a will does not imply that as an adopted son, I have an inheritance. A will can only be executed when the one who made it, dies. Jesus died so that the will of God would be executed.
In the world system, a will can be challenged. The authenticity of the will can be questioned and an investigation can be carried out as the person who made the will is no longer there to authenticate it. Jesus not only died to execute the will of the Father but He rose again and is alive and among us. Nobody stands a chance to question the will of God.
Revelations 3:21 says, 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Why would God grant us thrones? My Father in heaven is a King and I am His child and I will have a throne. We are all princes and princesses of the Kingdom of Heaven.
An heir, by way of a legal will, can only inherit wealth. In effect, as sons of God, you and I do not just inherit eternal life and life in all its fullness on earth but we also inherit the authority. It can never be measured nor can it be quantified.
When Jesus cried out, “It is finished” on the cross, he declared that he had done everything that was needed to make us heirs to the inheritance of God. If only the rich man would have grasped all of this, he probably would never have turned back disappointed.
I would want to encourage you to take time to understand the worth of who you are and what you have today and live life the way that you have been designed for, as heirs to the greatest Kingdom.