Q: #376. What is God's inheritance?
By: Steve Shirley
A: When I was first asked this question, I was thinking, "God doesn't have an inheritance." The definition in Webster's Dictionary for "inheritance" is "the act of inheriting property" "the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations." In other words, one person inherits something from another person (often after the original owner dies). So, how can God have an inheritance? No one can give Him anything that He doesn't already have. However, as I studied the word "inheritance," it turns out that God DOES have an inheritance, and that inheritance comes from Himself! (He gives Himself an inheritance!)
What is this inheritance? It is mentioned over and over through the Old Testament that God's inheritance is Israel! The following verses tell us this: (Deut 4:20)(Deut 9:26)(1 Sam 10:1)(1 Kin 8:51,53)(2 Kin 21:14)(Ps 28:9)(Ps 33:12)(Ps 68:9)(Ps 74:2)(Ps 78:62,71)(Ps 79:1)(Ps 94:14)(Ps 106:5,40)(Isa 19:25)(Isa 63:17)(Jer 10:16)(Jer 16:18)(Jer 51:19)(Zech 2:12).
In addition, based upon (Eph 1:18) which says, "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints," it is possible that ALL believers (Gentiles included) may be God's inheritance as well. This is the only verse which says this, and there is some controversy as to whether this applies to believers today or not. If believers (Gentiles) today are "grafted" into God covenant with Israel (i.e. see: Rom 11:11-24), then this is entirely possible. We will not get into the debate over this issue here, but if you wish to know more, you can go here and here .