Colossians 1:12 (NIV) and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Have you ever met someone whose parents left a fortune to them in their will...
Before they died, they found some insane reason to write their kid out of the will?
But, I've got great news for you.
God has an inheritance waiting for you RIGHT NOW and no man can take it away from you.
Check out today's 2-minute study to see the richness and depth in this verse that can only be grasped once you know the original Greek language and setting.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, I want to encourage you with the blessings that God has qualified you to receive. There is so much richness and depth found in today’s simple truth. Now to set the scene for this verse, we’ve been looking at the prayer Paul’s been praying for the believers that they would be filled with supernatural endurance to live a life worthy of the Lord. So picking up here in Colossians chapter 1 verse 12, Paul says we are “giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
So, Paul gives joyful thanks to God our Father who qualifies us to share in the inheritance. This word “qualified” means to be authorized for a task. We can never be qualified to receive our inheritance on our own, but as a follower of Christ, God authorizes us. He qualifies us. We don’t have to prove ourselves worthy. We don’t have to “do” anything except have a personal relationship with Christ.
This visual that Paul paints here allude to the Old Testament when Abraham was promised an inheritance, which was the land of Canaan. When the Israelites conquered the promised land for themselves, they divided up the land among the tribes. They shared the inheritance that God gave them. An inheritance showed that you belonged somewhere, and it was something that you gave to your offspring.
So just like Israel’s inheritance of Canaan, our inheritance is eternal life in the Kingdom of God. In the original Greek language, the tense of that word “qualified” indicates both a present and future reality. God already determined that you would experience this inheritance one day. It’s already reserved for you simply waiting for you even now. Stop and think about that!
So, what exactly is this inheritance? Well, it includes an eternal life full of joy, peace, perfection, worship. You will be in the full presence of God. You will be face to face with Christ. All of heaven is yours. You are an heir of Christ. What belongs to him, belongs to you.
So, your Simple Truth for today: You have an eternal inheritance guaranteed for you. It cannot be touched by human hands. No hostile man can write you out of God’s will and take this inheritance away from you. It is being guarded safely in heaven for you.
So, may we join in with Paul as he did in this verse today, releasing our joyful thanks as we think about what awaits us in that future promised land.
Have a blessed day. I’ll see you tomorrow.