We Are Co-Heirs
At salvation you become a co-heir with Christ, and as a co-heir the house of the Lord becomes your home.
Psalm 23:6 NIV Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Romans 8:14-17 NIV For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “ Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
John 1:12-13 NIV Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Matthew 25:34 NIV “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
Galatians 4:7 NIV So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Look at David’s confidence as he declares, “I Shall Dwell.” He understood this was not a temporary visit, but that he would be at home “In The House Of The Lord.” He knew he was moving into what Jesus called “My Father’s House”
John 14:2 NIV My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
The Bible gives us many clues about heaven, and they all add up to this great idea: We’re going home! We will finally be where we were designed to spend eternity.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 (NKJV)9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
God has already given us much information on what heaven will be like and he asks us to walk by faith. It will be without tears, sorrow or pain; no disease or death, without wrong, injustice, fraud, and sin. It will be pure and holy; a place free from evil.
Heaven was made for God’s children, and we were made for it. What Revelation 21:1 calls “A New Heaven And A New Earth” isn’t some alternative plan God worked out when humans fell into sin. Heaven was the plan and destination for believers all along.
Revelation 21:1 NIV Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
This last word just might be the best word in the whole psalm: “Forever.” Life on earth is short, and the deadline is coming fast. Eternity is racing upon us. Soon the clock will stop, and time shall be no more. As John Newton’s old hymn “Amazing Grace” says so beautifully, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, / Bright shining as the sun, / We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise / Than when we’d first begun.”
No relationships are more important than the relationships at home. And if you'll dedicate the time and equip yourself with the necessary tools, you can see these relationships grow stronger day by day. Because no matter what condition your family is in, no matter how your spouse feels about your relationship, it's never too late to break new ground and start doing things God's way.
Father, Thank You For The Hope And Comfort It Gives Me When You Say Your Children Will Live In Your House Forever. Help Me Rejoice In Your Plans Even When Mine Are Different Or I Don’t Understand Yours. Thank You For Always Being Good And Merciful. Thank You That I Can Trust You While I Walk Through This Life, Eager For The Day When I Get To Go Home And Be Finally And Forever With You. Thank You For The Gift Of Your Son, Whose Sacrifice Makes This Possible. It’s In His Mighty Name I Pray, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Some content taken from A Prayer For Home by James MacDonald. Also see Heaven...What...Where...Who Has Been There?