Promise of Inheritance


Galatians 3:15-18 15 Brothers and sisters, I’ll use an example from human experience. No one ignores or makes additions to a validated will. 16 The promises were made to Abraham and to his descendant. It doesn’t say, “and to the descendants,” as if referring to many rather than just one. It says, “and to your descendant,” who is Christ. 17 I’m saying this: the Law, which came four hundred thirty years later, doesn’t invalidate the agreement that was previously validated by God so that it cancels the promise. 18 If the inheritance were based upon the Law, it would no longer be from the promise. But God has given it graciously to Abraham through a promise.

When I read these words from Galatians, I am reminded that the Bible can really be summed up this way: Jesus Christ. As we read the scripture, we can see precursors and forerunners to Christ. God’s promises are never invalid or void. Jesus came so that each and every promise of God would be fulfilled in Him.

This is also one of those passages we have to be careful and not take out of context of the letter or of the Bible. I encourage you to read the entire book of Galatians today (it’s only six chapters) and see what God may be speaking to you through this short book and how the gospel of Jesus Christ is spoken of throughout: we have freedom in Christ!

I am also reminded, again, that we who are in the faith are considered part of the family of Abraham, which shows that the presence of God and the character of God is unchanging. What God says He’ll do, He does. What God promises to His people, He fulfills. Maybe not in the time we want, but God does come through on His promises.

The inheritance spoken of is of more value than money or property. It is God Himself. Think about that. We are heirs to receive the incredible presence of God in our everyday lives and even into eternity. Salvation is not for a distant time, it is now.

God has promised to give people, by faith, the inheritance promised Abraham. Will you accept this precious gift? God’s promises never expire or become invalid or void. We can live freely in Christ because of His gift.


Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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