Dear church,

This brings us to the end of our study of the book of Numbers. Tomorrow, we will start Deuteronomy. 

The people of Israel were tasked with holding on to the inheritance given to them by God. As Christians, we find it is God who holds on to us. 

Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:28-29). 

If there is a fundamental difference between the old and new covenants of God, perhaps this is it. Jesus does what we never could do. He saves us and preserves us, and nothing can fracture the work of Jesus Christ. 

The only thing that kept the Israelites from inheriting the Promised Land for all eternity was their own sin. Jesus removed that barrier when he went to the cross.

Consider your own hold on eternal life – the way in which you can “hold on to the inheritance.” Your grasp is pretty weak, is it not? The pull of the world is strong. Something divine – or Holy Spirit-inspired – is necessary to lock us into eternity. 

Fortunately, we have been given that. And all we must do is abide in the place where Christ has called us. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).

Let the Holy Spirit direct you into God’s Word, to listen to the words and the way of Christ (John 14:26). Don’t fall for the lie of self-attainment. Don’t look around for spiritual gurus or unnamed “spirits” to help you along the way. Abide in Christ. 

The inheritance is not yours to take. It is His to give.

Chris

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