I was led to write about a few of the mysteries of the kingdom of God and one of these is the spiritual inheritance of the believer. This is the mystery of the deliverance of the believer from the power of darkness and his/her transplantation into the Kingdom of Christ (Col 1: 3). Once in this kingdom, the believer automatically inherits “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1: 3). Some of these blessings are:

* We were chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in Him (Eph 1:4). God’s plan is that we should become conformed to the image of Christ/become just like Him (Rom 8: 29).

* We are adopted into the family of God through Jesus (Eph 1: 5). As adopted children, we have the privilege of calling God Father. The Spirit of God also tells us that we are children and heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Rom 8: 16, 17). This particular truth helped me to improve my self esteem when I was a teenager and struggling in this area.

* God accepts us as one of the beloved saints (Eph 1: 6). We become citizens of the kingdom of God, His friends and not strangers.

* Our lives are now destined to bring praise and glory to God (Eph 1: 6).

* Christ redeemed us by His blood and forgave our sins (Eph 1: 7)

* He revealed the mystery of His will to us

* He sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise as a guarantee until we receive our eternal inheritance (Eph 1: 13,14).

* God wants to give to His children the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ so that we may know and become like Christ (Eph 1:17)

* He also wants to open the eyes of our spirits so that we may know what is the hope of His calling and the riches of our inheritance in the saints (Eph 1: 18). Some of the preceding blessings are part of our rich inheritance in God. They are inexhaustible and Jesus also said that there are treasures laid up in heaven for us.

* God also wants to reveal the exceeding greatness of His power which was revealed when He raised Christ from the dead (Eph 1: 19). HE is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to our faith (Eph 3: 20)

* Jesus, with whom we are heirs, is seated at the Father’s right hand in the heavenly places. He is in authority far above all “principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Eph 1: 21).

As heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, God “raised us up together” with Christ, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 2: 6). Therefore, the believer is seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father. He/she is therefore also in authority far above “principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” We need to learn to exercise our authority over the principalities, powers, mights and dominions that are under our authority.

* Peter says that we have been given these great and precious promises that we may become partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet 1: 4). In other words, God wants us to become associates or share in fellowship with Him or share in the innate characteristics of God/become like Him.

These scriptures were influential in teaching me who I am as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. They are mysteries, but once we believe them by faith and put them to the test, we enter new dimensions of spiritual growth and authority. May God bless you richly.