Inherit the Earth (12)

V. Inheritance/Continuity

The fifth and final principle of a Biblical covenant is the principle of legitimacy-inheritance. It could also be called the principle of continuity. In the field of economics, the principle of inheritance governs the transfer of wealth from parents to children. But the Biblical model of this family transfer is the transfer of property from God to His people.

Adam and Eve were given the garden of Eden to subdue and guard (Genesis 2). They were to use this experience as a training period; from the garden, they were to go out and subdue the whole world. Note: possession was not automatic. They had been given the whole world as their lawful legacy from God, but they could not possess it free of charge. They had to earn it, just as children are supposed to demonstrate their ability to manage money before taking possession of the family inheritance.[1]

The Bible teaches us that “…as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the day set by the father” (Gal.4:1-2). This means that there are no free passes in the kingdom of God.

Everyone has to play their part, which means that there are obligations on all for godly labour, thrift and faithfulness. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of this. Even though He was the Son of God, He was compelled in His incarnation as the Son of Man to undergo all the normal trials that men face in this life, and more. He became sin on our behalf, and had to give up His life: the innocent on the part of the guilty. As such, all authority has been given to Him (Mat.28:18), and He has been rewarded by being made the “…heir of all things…” (Heb.1:2).

This is a point Christians must learn from. The testimony of the Bible from beginning to end, is that power flows to those who take responsibility, and this means in all the practical aspects of life under God. Responsibility leads to authority. Not only has our Lord received the inheritance from our Heavenly Father as a result of His responsibility/obedience, but Jesus now shares this inheritance with His brethren, the body of Christ.

Automatically? No. The inheritance is conditional on obedience, as it was with Jesus. Just as Joshua and Caleb were obedient and faithful in returning from the promised land with a good report (Num.14:6-9) and were subsequently rewarded, we are under obligation too.

For three hundred years the church has been in retreat. We have sowed poorly, and reaped poorly. We must take note of the Biblical warning, that “…let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it” (Heb.4:1).

The Biblical principles of inheritance must be obeyed if Christians are to exercise their dominion responsibilities. They must acknowledge that:

1. God is the absolute owner of all things.

2. He deeded this inheritance to Adam.

3. Adam’s moral rebeIlion led to his disinheritance.

4. Jesus, as the true Son of God, inherited the kingdom of God- the whole world.

5. His death passed His inheritance to His ethical brethren.

6. Adoption comes with God’s saving grace.

7. Adopted children inherit God’s kingdom.

8. This lawful title to the world is to be collected by Christians.

9. The basis of collecting the inheritance is godly labour, thrift, and leaving an inheritance.

10. The welfare State is demonic.

11. Inheritance taxes are demonic.

12. The family is the primary agency of welfare.

13. Charity begins at home, and spreads out.

14. Where there is responsible behaviour, authority follows.

15. Christ completely fulfilled the jubilee year.

16. Land tenure is no longer governed by the provisions of the jubilee year.

17. Immoral children must be disinherited before the parents die.

18. The most competent and morally faithful child should inherit a double portion.[2]

[1] Gary North, “Inherit the Earth,” 1987, p.60.

[2] Ibid, p.73.

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