What is the “His glorious inheritance” mentioned in Ephesians 1:18?
Ephesians 1:18 "having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you
may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the
riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints."
A more correct translation of Ephesians 1:18 is that by the Complete Jewish Bible Bible which reads:
18 "I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that
you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich
glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people."
The "Saints" are also referred to in the scriptures as "Chosen Ones", "Little Flock" (Luke 12:32),"Least brothers "( Matt.25:40 NET),"Israel of God" (Galatians 6:15-16). e.t.c.
The Apostle Peter wrote his epistles addressed to the" Chosen Ones" or "Saints" as referred to by Paul in Ephesians 1:18
Aramaic Bible in Plain English, (1 Peter 1:1)
"Petraus, an Apostle of Yeshua The Messiah, to The Chosen Ones and Pilgrims who are scattered in Pontus and in Galatia, in Qapadoqia, in Asia and in Bithynia."
New Living Translation (1 Peter 1:1)
"This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia."
In his first epistle Peter gives praise to God for the "glorious inheritance " granted to the chosen ones, an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for them.
1 Peter 1:3-6 (NET Bible)
Praise to God for a Living Hope Reserved in Heaven.
3" Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his
great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 that is, into an
inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in
heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are protected through faith for a
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 This brings you
great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various
2 Peter 1:5-11 (NET Bible)
5 "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith
excellence, to excellence, knowledge; 6 to knowledge, self-control; to
self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; 7 to
godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish
love. 8 For if these things are really yours and are continually
increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and
unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more
9 "But concerning the one who lacks such things—he is blind. That is
to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing
of his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every
effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you
will never stumble into sin. 11 For thus an entrance into the eternal
kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided
1/ What did Christ inherit?
Inherit the Kingdom of his father David.( Luke 1:30-35)
God sent the angel Gabriel from heaven and announced to Mary, that she will become the mother of God's son Jesus, and that he will be given the throne of his father David, and that his kingdom will be everlasting .Gabriel said to Mary:
Luke 1:30-35 (NASB)
30 "The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end**.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. ( Read from Luke 1:26-37)**
2/ From whom did He inherit?
From God the Father, The Covenant God made with King David. (2 Samuel 7:11-16, Luke 22:28-29)
2 Samuel 7:11-16 (NASB)
11 "Even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people
Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The Lord also
declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you. 12 When your
days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up
your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will
establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I
will establish the throne of his kingdom forever."
14 "I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he
commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the
strokes of the sons of men, 15 but My loving kindness shall not depart
from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure before [c]Me forever; your
throne shall be established forever.”
Daniel 7:13-14 (NASB)
The Son of Man (Jesus) Presented to the Ancient of Days ( Matthew 19:28, and 20:28)
13 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds
of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the
Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given
dominion, Glory and [a]a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and
men of every [b]language Might serve Him. His dominion is an
everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
Jesus speaks of two covenants, one between him and God his Father, and the other one with his faithful followers.
Luke 22:28-29 (NASB)
28 “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; 29 and just as My
Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you.
3 What are the riches of it?
Caused them to be born again for a heavenly inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled,(1 Peter 1:3-4) and to rule as kings and priests upon the earth.(Rev. 5:10)
1 Peter 1:3-4 (NASB)
3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a
living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will
not fade away, reserved in heaven for you."
Paul wrote to his close friend Timothy "if we endure we will reign with him" ( 2 Tim. 2:12)Yes,Paul , Timothy and others selected by God will rule together with Jesus as priests and reign over the earth in the heavenly Kingdom.(Rev 5:9-10)
Revelation 5:9-10 NASB
9 "And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the
[j]book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for
God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and
nation. 10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God;
and they will reign upon the earth."
2 Timothy 2:12 (NASB)
**> 12 "If we endure, we will also reign with Him, If we deny Him, He
also will deny us."**
4/ How do the saints experience it?
By means of His spirit, God dwells among the holy ones/saints and walks among them. (2 Cor. 6:16) Christians are admonished to present their bodies as a holy sacrifice acceptable to God. (Romans 12:1)
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NASB)
16 "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit
of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God
will destroy him, for the [c]temple of God is holy, and [d]that is
what you are."
2 Corinthians 6:16 (NASB)
16 "Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the
temple of the living God; just as God said,“I will dwell in them and
walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My
1 Peter 2:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 "You also, as living stones, [a]are being built up as a spiritual
house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Romans 12:1 (NASB)
12 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present
your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is
your spiritual service of worship."