“…who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Col 1:12
Who are the people we enjoy to be with the most? Of course the ones whom we like, the kindred spirits, so to speak. If we look into it, the ones whom we like tend to be people who think about things the same way as we do. In another words, friends often look at things from a similar point of view.
To be saved is to become qualified “to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
The truth of the matter is church people don’t usually get along with one another. In fact, the main thing in the Lord’s priestly intercession is for God’s people to be unified as one. As we can see, this remains an ideal among church people, which is something yet to be realized.
We are God’s holy people purchased by the blood of the Lamb, and as a whole we are God’s inheritance. On the other hand, the Lord is also our inheritance and we as a holy people collectively get to enjoy the Lord’s presence and what he has to offer to us.
Unless something drastic occurs in eternity, I will be rather reluctant to share my inheritance with some of the Christian brothers and sisters I have come to know here on earth and, by the same token, I am sure there are people who are unwilling to share their inheritance with me in “the kingdom of light.”
Will I be sanctified to the point that I will be able to love the unlovable within the church, the ones who have done damage to me or my loved ones?
There was a thug in Taiwan who set fire to a house and five lives were lost, yet he was converted while he was sitting on death row, and his conversion appeared to be quite genuine. Were the people whose lives were snatched away prematurely, assuming they were Christians, able to share God’s inheritance in heaven with the murderer?
Will it even be possible to continue to hold grudges against our enemies when we are in heaven? We know how hard it is to truly forgive here on earth and we tend to avoid seeing the ones who have harmed us in some way. Will we be able to isolate ourselves from our adversaries in heaven, and continue to co-exist in different corner of God’s heavenly kingdom?
I believe there still will be various degrees of intimacy that we have for all God’s people, and we will continue to have a small circle of family and friends even when we are in the heavenly realm. I suppose there is a difference between not being hostile against someone and being affectionate toward them. To love someone doesn’t necessarily mean that we have a warm and fuzzy feeling for him or her. I am afraid I may continue to avoid seeing the ones whom I dislike here on earth when I get to heaven.
Friday, May 11, 2018 7:31:00 AM