We Have a Godly Inheritance
- Date: December 6, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will…” (Ephesians 1:11)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
You see, sovereignty doesn't mean we just sit back and wait for things to happen. Sovereignty demands that we become a prayerful people, a people of faith. You would think that sovereignty just says, "Well, if it's God's will, it's going to be done." No, no, no! The Bible teaches prayer presupposes sovereignty. Why pray if God's not powerful? Why pray if God doesn't have a plan? Prayer doesn't change God; prayer illuminates us. Prayer presupposes sovereignty, so that at the end of all of our praying, at the end of all of our wrestling, at the end of pulling down all of these strongholds that ask, "Why? Why me? This doesn't seem right," prayer ends with, "Not my will; Thy will be done." We can't pray that if we don't believe God is good! We can't pray that if we don't believe that God is merciful and kind! So don't see sovereignty as this ogre that's going to inflict upon us His will to our harm. Everything He chooses is for our good, and He can back it up! So we see that there is no resistance to His will and to His purposes.
We're looking at the attributes of God, the character of God, the revelation of Who He is and how He is intimately involved in our lives. Aren't you glad that He's the God of the individual and not the masses? He's touched with the feelings of your infirmities. He loves you. He can call you by name. I don't know exactly what Revelation is talking about, about that stone, but that's a very intimate thing between you and God. That's going to be His pet name for you-Snuggles or Fuzzy woo or whatever it is. Just you and Him. He loves you.
He has a plan for your life, specifically. You know that spouse that you just had to have, that you now have, that you wonder if maybe you missed God at times? No hands, please. Can I share something with you? That's God's will for your life. "Well, can't we get in the flesh and make mistakes?" You do that every day. All things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose. In everything, for everything-it's God's will for your life. Be thankful, and He'll set your course right.
Let's look at Ephesians-the first chapters here are some of the great doctrinal statements to the church. That's what I like so much about this epistle to the Ephesians. I mean, he sets forth all of this profound doctrine. These are some of the deepest mysteries of God, and then he goes into some of the most practical aspects of our living, of marriage, of how to relate to the community, of what children's responsibilities are, the order of the church, the gifts that are set in the church for our edification. In the midst, as he starts this epistle off, some of these great profound truths, he says in Chapter 1, verse 11-talking about the fact that He's gathering us together in union in Christ. It says, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ."
So he speaks to us here, and it says there's a predestination that's occurred, a predetermination. Nothing can thwart this; nothing can oppose this. He demands unity within His church, and nothing can oppose this. We've been predestined to be called the sons of God. Nothing can oppose that. He's determined that we will be raised up and seated with Him in the heavenlies, and nothing can oppose that. We have an inheritance-sonship, Christlikeness-and nothing can oppose that. That inheritance is predestined by Him Who works all things after the counsel of His own will.