WHAT IS BEING SAVED? WHAT IS SALVATION?

(THE SOJOURN TO PEACE & PARADISE)

 

PART 4: CAN SALVATION BE INHERITED?

(GENESIS 28:10-15)

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In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Editors Note: Can you inherit salvation? Can you also inherit the sins of your ancestors? There is no saving grace passed down from one generation to another. One has his or her own responsibility tempered by faith in Christ to receive the free gift of eternal life. But the sins against God are counted up if not removed by repentance. Those that are descendants of those at odds with God will also be rendered as transgressors if they do not repent. Hereby sin not confronted by repentance is counted for all regardless of the sins of those that sent their genes your way as the blood that flows in your veins in your responsibility. Therefore beautiful are the feet of the righteous.

 

Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.

 

Beloved as we explore this very important topic we turn to some prominent scripture noted in the Old Testament as a point of departure toward the question noted in the title of this part of our discussion. Can salvation be inherited? Can it be handed down from one generation to another? Can a parent who believes they are saved in the sense of “Once saved always saved,” pass on salvation or saving grace to their children or family members? What does the Bible say?

 

At Genesis 28 verses 10-15 we find scripture on Jacob’s dream. Look now with us as we pray to God for guidance as we explore the text noted here and in the New Testament.

 

Genesis 28: 10-11 “And Jacob went out from Bersheba, and went toward Haran.”

 

28: 11 “And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.”

 

As Jacob makes his way to his destination Haran he stops as the day comes to a close to rest. The scripture tells us that he used rocks for his pillows. I imagine this is where a legendary Blues singer (Lightnin’ Hopkins) got the use of rocks for his pillow in song. For the record many of the Blues song-masters had been and were preachers and looked upon the Word.

 

Meanwhile we see that the Lord used this occasion for one of the most interesting episodes recorded in the sacred text. As you read and digest these words pay particular attention to the definitive qualities  or meaning of inheritance of land as it is distinguished from the passing down of salvation.

 

Genesis 28: 12 “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” (Find additional scripture on dreams that were inspired by the Lord at: Genesis 20: 3; 37: 5; and Numbers 12: 6. The evidence of angels ascending are found at Genesis 32: 1-2 and John 1: 51).

 

God uses various means to communicate with his people. At Hebrews 1:1 we find a classic scripture that reveals in the times of Old God used a variety of means to make known His will.  Here we find the phrases “at sundry times and in divers manners.” These factors are a distinct fabric of the Old Testament. One of these methods was the dream. All dreams are not inspired but when God uses the dream to communicate He uses it to fit the occasion. We liveth during the times of the New Testament and  the coming of Christ; is a righteous dream a way the Holy Spirit communicates with the Saints?

 

Meanwhile we see God using a dream to reveal his further assurance of blessing the seed of Abraham. As he dreams Jacob sees a ladder that is further described as a staircase as the angels were able to easily come up and down descending and ascending in God’s service. Heaven is noted as the place above. The angels meanwhile moved in divine grace up and down the ladder that went up toward the sky, the heavens.  We refer you to Paul writing again at Hebrews 1: 14 where angels are noted as ministering spirits sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation.

 

The scripture is very important here so  look with us to the complete wording of the scripture to not only gain its meaning but how it is applied here: Hebrews 1: 14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

Paul here renders this passage in the form of a question. Who shall be heirs of salvation?

 

Now dwell on the scripture noted at Luke 13: 28 where the Lord tells us that Jacob will be in the Kingdom of God. Does this place him among the heirs of salvation? Therefore is this a proper subject for the administration of the angels here? So is the word heirs as it is related to salvation reserved for the Patriarchs and the Prophets?

 

Now back to our primary text found at Genesis 28 and verses 13-14 “And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac:  the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;”

The noted promise is repeated. God had told Abraham that he was to inherit the land of Canaan through his seed. Now it is noted that Jacob would receive the very land which he now rests upon. (Also see Genesis 15: 18 for more on the land that was promised to the seed of Abraham). The promise of land does not also include the promise of salvation.

 

28: 14 “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (For additional scripture on the Promised Land see Genesis 12:2; 13: 14, 16 and 22: 18).

 

Cont. Part 5: Descendants of Abraham Are Not Guaranteed Salvation (Matthew 3: 7-9)

 

Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 26 May 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

 

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