[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
When Elijah went up to heaven, he left Elisha his cloak (2 Kings 2:13).
Likewise, when Jesus went up to the Father, He left us His own garment — His
perfect righteousness. He cast it upon us, as surely as Elijah cast his garment
upon Elisha. The prophet’s action was a type and shadow of what was going to
happen when Jesus was translated to the Father. Indeed, we are heirs to a
wonderful garment of righteousness that covers us completely, making us
acceptable in God‘s holy presence!
This garment is our inheritance and God expects us to value it. He expects us
to seek after it, to be willing heirs to His legacy. You may remember what
happened when King Ahab came against Naboth, coveting his vineyard. Naboth
valued his vineyard so much, he rejected Ahab’s offer to buy it, saying, “The
Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee”
(1 Kings 21:3). He was saying, “God forbid that anyone should take my
inheritance from me. It’s mine!”
I believe the most important thing you can seek from God is the understanding
that this inheritance is yours and it is waiting to be claimed. The knowledge
of the perfect righteousness of Jesus will put you on a rock that is
unshakable. It will end all your useless struggles and put you in God’s
presence justified and accepted.
If God has provided you with an inheritance whereby you can stand before Him
with perfect righteousness in Jesus Christ, then you should want it. It should
be an inheritance nobody can take from you. No lie of the devil should be able
to remove it from your spirit, no man should be able to steal it from you, and
no emotion should drain you of it.
Because God said it, you must lay hold of it! You need to seek it, go after it,
allow your soul no rest until you get your hands on it. “Seek ye first the
kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you” (Matthew 6:33).