Inheriting The Earth

Q. Re: Blessed are The Meek. Regarding “inheritance” as mentioned in Matt 5:5. you said, “if Jesus was given the Earth as His inheritance and if we have been made co-heirs with Him then we also will inherit the Earth, just like He said in Romans 8:17 and Galatians 4:7.” I agree on what the bible says, however, I have also read in your column that we being included in the family called “church”will populate the “New Jerusalem”. This is where my confusion arises, so my question is: Do you want us to believe that as we populate the new Jerusalem, we will also inherit the new earth? Please explain further.

A. First, the Bible defines the Church as both co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) and inhabitants of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:27). In Psalm 2:8 God promised Jesus the nations as His inheritance. Therefore, please consider these two points.

1. If you live in America and a rich relative from France leaves you some property there, does that mean you can’t accept the inheritance? Of course not, because where you live has nothing to do with what you own.

2. In speaking of the New Jerusalem, John said the Kings of the Earth will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it (Rev. 21:26). The Greek word translated honor has a financial connotation and refers to the price one pays for something. It was customary for land owners to receive the best portion of the harvest each year as the price those who worked the land paid for using it. Why would the Kings of the Earth pay this price to the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem (the Church) unless we are the “owners” of Earth?

Based on these observations, I don’t see any conflict between living in the New Jerusalem and inheriting the Earth.

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