What is your inheritance?
First posted: May 2004
This article discusses what the Bible declares to be our "inheritance" as Christian believers. It is important to understand this inheritance. Otherwise, we will lose it, and miss out on God's purpose for our lives.
To understand our inheritance, we must first realize that all of us, as believers in Christ, are priests of God:
"9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Notice how the passage above declares that we are priests on account that we are God's people now. The Church has grown accustomed to the idea that the only "ministers" or "priests" are those who came out of seminary and hold a full-time position in some well-recognized congregation. This idea, however, grows out of man's carnal desire to create castes among people, but the Lord sees us as One Body, whose members have all been baptized into the same Spirit and into the same Anointing:
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
"But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." (1 John 2:20)
The prophet Isaiah, when speaking about the prophetic manifestation of the Anointed One in Isaiah 61:1-3, says the following a few verses later:
"But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves." (Isaiah 61:6)
Notice how, through the Anointing, we have been made priests of the Lord, and that we, as believers, shall be called ministers of our God. Does this passage apply to full-time church workers and pastors only? Obviously not. It is a sin against God to insinuate that there is a separation in the Body of Christ between so-called "ministers" and "laymen".
Now that we understand that we all have a priestly calling on our lives, let us see what our inheritance as priests is supposed to be:
"And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel." (Numbers 18:20)
This was what the Lord said to the priests of Israel: "I, Almighty God, am your inheritance". This means that we, as priests, are not to aspire to a temporary inheritance, but rather, we are called to aspire to the greatest inheritance of all: God Himself. This is why the bride says the following to the bridegroom in the Song of Solomon:
"I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies" (Song of Solomon 6:3)
Most believers do accept the fact that the bride in the Song of Solomon is a figure of the Church and that the bridegroom is a figure of the Lord. This means that they must also accept that the bride can dare to say to God that He belongs to her, and there is joy, not anger, in God's heart, when believers understand and believe this in their hearts. He wants you to say to Him, "You belong to me, and I belong to You".
Our inheritance, as priests in Christ, therefore, is God Himself. He is the inheritance we are after. He is the reason for our existence and He Himself is our reward. He is the One we are after, and, when we understand that, we enter into our true priestly calling.
Most believers, especially pastors, have misunderstood Who our inheritance really is, and they many times misuse Scripture to fabricate an inheritance that is more appealing to the natural mind, but which removes believers from pursuing their true calling. Before seeing how this "fabrication" is made, let us revisit one of the passages quoted above:
"But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves." (Isaiah 61:6)
Notice how the last part of the verse speaks about "the riches of the Gentiles". What does this phrase mean? To grasp its underlying meaning, we must go to other passages of Scripture:
"7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel." (Psalms 2:7-9)
The word translated as "heathen" in verse 8 is the Hebrew word goim, which literally means "nations" or "peoples", so verse 8 should say, "Ask of Me, and I shall give you the nations for your inheritance". The word goim is exactly the same word that is translated as "Gentiles" in the phrase "the riches of the Gentiles" of Isaiah 61:6. This means that our priestly inheritance involves the "nations".
To understand how the nations enter into our inheritance, we have to look at verse 9 of Psalms 2, where it declares that we will break the nations with a rod of iron, and dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel. Notice that, when the Holy Spirit speaks to us about inheriting the nations, He does not focus on the enjoyment of their material possessions, but rather about something deeper and much more important, and that is the domination of the spiritual atmosphere of the nations of the Earth. As most believers know, the Bible calls satan the "prince of the power of the air":
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2)
But the Bible also declares that a time will come, and that time is during our generation, when satan will be cast down from his domination of the spiritual atmosphere on Earth:
"7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Revelation 12:7-12)
Taken in its context, it becomes evident that this passage is not talking about the end of the world after the "rapture" when every believer is supposed to disappear. Some might point to verse 5 of Revelation 12, where it says that a male child was "caught up unto God", to say that verses 7 through 12 refer to a "post-rapture" world, but the event in verse 5 is a spiritual rapture that the Church will undergo, not a literal one, a rapture when we as believers will take our place in the heavens and manifest the spiritual authority that is in us. This is why Revelation chapter 12 ends with the following verse:
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 12:17)
If believers left in the rapture in verse 5, how can those who keep God's commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ still be around in verse 17? This means that verse 5 is a fulfillment of Jesus' prophetic vision after the return of the 70 (or 72 according to some versions) disciples whom He sent in pairs into every city and town that He was to visit:
"17And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18And he said unto them, I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 21In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. 23And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." (Luke 10:17-24)
God will raise up a mighty Church that will, in these latter days, take dominion over the spiritual atmosphere on planet Earth, and He will use those who seem insignificant to men. This is why Jesus says in verse 21 that this spiritual truth will be revealed to "babes" and will be hidden from the "wise and prudent". The mighty remnant that God will raise up is comprised of believers who spiritually live outside the religious structures of the Church. It will not be through the traditionally accepted leadership that is ruling over the Church now, just as it happened in the days of Jesus. It was not through the Pharisees and Sadducees, or through the recognized priests and scribes of the day, that God manifested His Glory. Instead He chose the son of an unknown carpenter's wife and a small group of unknown Galileans, and so it will be in these latter days.
In Luke 10:22 above, Jesus says, "All things are delivered to Me of My Father". Here, again, He is speaking about the spiritual inheritance that the Father has given Him. Notice how the whole context around the passage of Luke 10:17-24 is not about material possessions such as houses and cars but rather about the tearing down of satan from the air, taking away his title as "prince of the power of the air", and about the manifestation of our spiritual authority in the air. Luke 10:20 says that we are to rejoice over our names being written in "heaven". This is one of the most misinterpreted verses in Scripture. The Lord here is not talking about our salvation from hell but about the manifestation of our authority. In Scripture, a person's "name" refers to his or her authority and to his or her inner nature. This is why Philippians 2:10 says that, at Jesus' name, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. When you received Jesus into your heart, a spiritual star was born in the heavens, in the same way that a literal star appeared in the sky when Jesus was literally born on Earth:
"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:6-7)
"The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out." (Proverbs 13:9)
"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness." (Psalms 97:11-12)
"Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." (Psalms 112:3-4)
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:" (2 Peter 1:19)
"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star." (Revelation 2:27-28)
As your spiritual authority grows, the light of your spiritual star in the heavens grows in intensity, and as that happens, the spiritual forces of darkness are driven out. This means that, as the light of your star grows, the "available space" for the spirits of darkness in the air around you diminishes, until there is no more space for them and they must fall. Due to the pastoral shield that the Church is currently under, satan has been allowed to rule the air without major opposition, but, when the pastoral matriarchy is eventually broken, satan will be driven out of the spiritual atmosphere and will fall. During this time, the greatest revival in human history will take place. This will be the time when the greatest miracles in history will occur, and the Earth (including believers and unbelievers) will, for a few years, live under God's constant judgments. During this time, the Church will rule with a rod of iron, praying for judgments to be unleashed upon all iniquity and evildoing on Earth. During this time, any act of willful sin, inside or outside the Church, will be brought under immediate judgment by a Church of believers that will be constantly praying for judgments. This is why so many will be converted to the Lord during those days:
"Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)
"Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things." (Acts 5:4-5)
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" (1 Peter 4:17-18)
After some years of this spiritual domination of the air, the Bible reveals that a great apostasy will enter the Church, instigated by believers who will be tired of so much judgment and righteousness. Just as the Lord Jesus was betrayed from within, the remnant anointing of the Church will also be betrayed by carnal believers inside the Church, and the remnant's authority will be stricken down. Faithful believers will suffer persecution and rejection for a short time, and those who God will have used to perform mighty signs and wonders will be mocked and ridiculed, but those who persevere until the end will dwell in God forever. God willing, we will share more about what the Word has to say about this apostasy in a future article.
The spiritual domination of the air cannot be achieved through human means. Born-again activists unfortunately believe that they can force people to do the right thing such as stopping abortion or reducing immorality through political pressure on their congressmen or by voting for born-again politicians. They believe that they can "legislate" their nation into righteousness, and, though they are "well-intentioned", God's anger is stirred up in Heaven when He sees His children relying on human means to do something that can only be done in the Spirit. God is waiting for a people that will learn to rest in Him and fight the battle in the Spirit:
"6Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:6-12)
Notice how this passage, which talks about entering into God's rest and about possessing the Promised Land ends with a reference to the Word of God as a sharp-edged sword that "discerns" the thoughts and the intentions of the heart. The word translated as "discerner" in verse 12 is the Greek word kritikos, which comes from krites, which means, "to judge". In other words, the Church will enter into the rest of God when it begins to apply the word of judgment in the Spirit to execute God's judgments on Earth. This is how the greatest revival in the history of mankind will come, and there is no way around that. And this is how we as believers can enter into the fullness of our inheritance and take over the nations of the Earth and rule them with a rod of iron.
In the book of Romans, Paul declares the following:
"31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32)
As we mentioned before, most pastors preach on passages such as this one, taking them out of context to give them a purely carnal interpretation. In verse 31, Paul refers to God being for us versus those who might be against us. This means that the passage is talking about conflict and warfare, and as the verses before this passage show, this warfare is not about acquiring bigger houses and fancier cars, but about taking back the Earth unto God:
"16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:16-26)
Notice how the Holy Spirit relates our inheritance (being "heirs of God" in verse 16) to the restoration of creation, which points once again to the fact that our inheritance involves the spiritual domination of the Earth's atmosphere. Notice also how verse 17 speaks of suffering with Him to be glorified with Him. If our "inheritance" is comprised of getting bigger houses and nicer cars in order to lead a more comfortable life, why would the Spirit speak about suffering in verse 17, about groaning and travailing in verses 22 and 23, and about "infirmities" in verse 26? (By the way, the word translated as "infirmities" in verse 26 is the Greek word astheneia, which is used in Matthew 8:17 to speak about Christ taking our "infirmities" and bearing our sicknesses).
Therefore, when Paul talks about God freely giving us "all things" in Romans 8:32, He is not talking about nice cars, big houses, and nice clothes. He is not even talking about good health and happy living!!! He is talking about the "all things" that Jesus spoke about in Luke 10:22 discussed above. We are in spiritual warfare, and we are spiritual invaders through whom God will establish His Kingdom on Earth:
"4The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?" (Joel 2:4-11)
Notice how verse 11 speaks of us as "executers of His Word". Considering that Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God judges, we again see how the living out of our calling involves the unleashing of prophetic and apostolic word of judgment into the atmosphere to take it back for God:
"10To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory." (Ephesians 3:10-13)
Notice also how verse 13 above speaks of "tribulation". When speaking about our inheritance, then, the Bible constantly associates it with suffering and tribulation, which is very different from the carnal interpretation that most pastors give to the word "inheritance", associating it mostly with comfort and pleasure. This is why, before speaking about our inheritance in Romans 8, the Holy Spirit added the following warning:
" 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (Romans 8:6-9)
When Paul talks about having the "Spirit of Christ" in verse 9, he is not talking about being born again, but rather about having the willingness to suffer just like Christ suffered. That is the only way that the "spirit of the Christ " can abide in us:
"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." (1 Peter 4:13)
"Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church" (Colossians 1:24)
"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ" (2 Corinthians 1:5)
"11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:11-13)
Our spirit is called to proactively conquer and possess the Earth for the Lord, but our soul is called to be content concerning natural things. Notice how the famous verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", comes after speaking about contentment and about being able to endure hardship. Unfortunately, most believers, especially pastors, take verse 13 out of context to justify any endeavor, especially when the endeavor involves making money or the enlargement of a congregation's membership. The "all things" reference takes us back to what we said about Luke 10:22 and Romans 8:32. It does not refer to "all my whims and desires"; it refers to the taking of the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth.
To emphasize the "soul contentment" principle, the Holy Spirit says the following:
"5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." (Hebrews 13:5-6)
"6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." (1 Timothy 6:6-9)
"31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:31-34)
The Greek word translated as "Gentiles" in Matthew 6:32 is ethnos, which literally means, "nations", so this word is the Greek equivalent of the word goim discussed above. How can we take the nations of the Earth if we act like them? This is why the latter-day revival that we all talk about has not yet arrived. God's word concerning this revival will come to pass, no matter what, but this implies that God will bring judgment on all those who have hindered that revival through their carnal interpretation of the Scriptures. If you have been one of those pastors preaching a misinterpreted version of our inheritance in Christ, you might still be in time to repent. If you do, God will use you as a valuable instrument in that latter-day revival. If you don't, you will be part of the judgment that God will bring on the Church to end the pastoral matriarchy:
"4And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 5And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. 7And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city." (Ezekiel 9:4-7)
[Notice how, in verse 6, the judgment begins with the "ancient men", i.e.- the Church leadership]
Brother and sister, God will supply all your needs:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
When Paul says, "according to His riches in Glory", many pastors start speaking about material things, but, to understand what Paul means by "His riches in Glory", we need to go to another passage where he uses this same phrase:
"14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Notice, how Paul talks about the riches of His Glory strengthening the inner man by the Spirit (verse 16), and then proceeds to speak about a Church that will fill the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth in Christ. Again, our inheritance is related to conquering the air, not to making more money.
If you put the establishing of His Kingdom and His justice first, God will provide for your food and covering (i.e.- clothing and a roof). Possessions on Earth are temporary, and they will only be yours while you live in your earthly body, which will only be for a few years. Go after your eternal inheritance. Don't go after God to get things from Him. That is like a woman going after a millionaire because of his money. Go after God because of Him, because of His nature, because you desire Him above all things, and are willing to give everything in you to see His will fulfilled (Matthew 6:10). Your life is not in your car. Your life is in Him:
"1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:1-3)