The Father… hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:12)



Rev. Alan Cairns

This is a statement of amazing grace. Notice carefully the past tense of the verb. It refers to something that God had already done for the Colossian believers. Paul did not say, “The Father is making us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints.” That would refer to the process of sanctification and lead to the conclusion that our justification finally depends on our sanctification?the very opposite to what the Bible teaches. No, Paul says, “The Father made us meet (fit) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints.” Grace has made us fit for glory.
We have already begun to enter into what Christ purchased for us by His blood. We have received a full pardon for sin and have been clothed in Christ’s righteousness, which gives us a perfect justification and acceptance before God. We have received reconciliation and enjoy access to God. We have received the Spirit of adoption and are members of God’s family and Christ’s body, with all the privileges of fellowship and service such membership brings. We have the constant supply of the Spirit and the unspeakable gift of His written Word to direct us. We have the presence, power, comfort and unchanging love of our all-sufficient and never-failing Saviour.
But this is not the whole story. “Now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). Eternal glory is our destiny. Our inheritance is to be like Christ, glorified forever with Him. Let this truth grip our hearts and we will never falter in our devotion to Christ, for who but a fool would compare the trinkets of this world with “the inheritance of the saints in light”?
Daily devotions are from the book “Footprints of Faith” edited by Dr. Alan Cairns.
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