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heirs in the Bible

  • Family heirs

    Under the patriarchs, the property of a father was divided among the sons of his legitimate wives (Genesis 21:10; 24:36; 25:5)—the eldest (firstborn) son receiving a larger portion than the rest.

    The Mosaic law made specific regulations regarding the transmission of real property, which are given in detail in Deuteronomy 21:17; Numbers 27:8; 36:6; 27:9-11. Succession to property was a matter of right and not of favor.

  • Regenerate believers are heirs of…

    • righteousness

      …an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith… —Hebrews 11:7 ESV

      For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. —Romans 4:13 ESV

    • “the promise”

      So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath… —Hebrews 6:17 ESV

      This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. —Ephesians 3:6 ESV

      And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring [by faith], heirs according to promise. —Galatians 3:29 ESV

      For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. —Romans 4:14 ESV

    • God

      heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ… —Romans 8:17 ESV

    • The Kingdom of God

      Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? —James 2:5 ESV

    • “the world”

      …the promise to Abraham and his offspring [of faith] that he would be heir of the world… —Romans 4:13 ESV

    • “joint heirs” with Christ

      …if children [of God], heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ… —Romans 8:17 ESV

      if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise… —Gal. 3:29 ESV

  • Christ, the ultimate heir

    Christ is the heir of all things.

    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high… —Hebrews 1:2 ESV

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. —Col. 1:15 NASB


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Article Version: June 7, 2019