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Inheritances include money, land and other possessions passed from parents to children. Even though people make wills that leave detailed instructions regarding the division of their assets upon their death, fighting over inheritances is common. Some 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ was approached by a man involved in this kind of controversy (Luke 12:13-15 Luke 12:13-15 13 And one of the company said to him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 14 And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.
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). Jesus warned against covetousness and then encouraged wealth “toward God” (Luke 12:21 Luke 12:21So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
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The Bible also describes this richness toward God as an inheritance that can be ours. Paul taught the brethren that God wanted to give them “an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32 Acts 20:32And now, brothers, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
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The book of Hebrews speaks of Jesus Christ as “the Mediator of the new covenant … that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15 Hebrews 9:15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
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Peter also speaks of “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4 1 Peter 1:4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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). To learn more about this precious inheritance and how you can receive it, read the Bible study aids What Is Your Destiny? and The Road to Eternal Life .