Matt Chandler on 4 Things We Inherit from God

At Catalyst Conference 2012, Matt Chandler of The Village Church (Flower Mound, TX) discussed the believers’ inheritance from God.

What the Holy Spirit does is illuminate, and we need to illuminate our hearts by being honest about where we actually are and ask the Holy Spirit to help us. Ask to be broken because we like ourselves a lot.

Galatians 4:21
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia;[e] she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.

There are those that believe that their justification is by their obedience to rules. Paul doesn’t expect us to be out from under obedience to the law but out from under the weight of the law. Be obedient to what God wants you; don’t try to follow what God has for someone else.

Two children were born to Abraham. One was born of the flesh without God’s help. The other was a miraculous gift from God.

Justification is the crown jewel of our salvation, and that justification is by grace from a just judge. What justification leads to is our sonship – that we are sons and daughters of God.

Romans 8:14-17
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[a] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Sonship is the vitality through which ministry flows. You are not a black sheep of the family but a co-heir of Christ.

4 Things We Inherit

  1. We get God Himself
    Psalm 4:7 says, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” Psalm 73:25-26 says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength[a] of my heart and my portion forever.” We get God in good times and in bad times. It doesn’t matter what we accomplish, all we have got is Him.
  2. One day we will get resurrected.
    Read 1 Corinthians 15. There will be a day when death no longer has a sting and there is no loss.
  3. We get the world.
    Psalm 2:8 says, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” Romans 4:13 says, “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” God does not need you to spread the gospel, but He is offering you a chance to play.
  4. Suffering and rejection.
    2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” If you contextualize Jesus to the point that no one is offended, you are not preaching Jesus. John 16:33 says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” It is not unloving of God to wound you now so that you might have everlasting joy in eternity. God is going to do surgery and then plant us where He needs us so that we can live as sons and daughters. Be faithful where you are.

Special thanks to Skylark Audio Video for covering my travel expenses so that I can live blog the conference for you.