GOD has SET APART a RICH ‘INHERITANCE’ for His CHILDREN: "But you (Daniel) go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days." (Dan. 12:13)
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a testament is a set of legal instructions created by a person that specifies who should receive his/her inheritance after he/she dies. However, in scriptural terminology, it signifies a covenant between God and the human race. With the arrival of Jesus Christ into this world, the old covenant was replaced with the new. That is the reason why there are two main divisions of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. God had promised an inheritance for His saints in the Old Testament era, and these saints never got to see their inheritance during their lifetime. "These (Old Testament Saints) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Heb. 11:13)
Among the Old Testament saints, Daniel was a man greatly beloved of God (see Dan. 10:11, 19), and God certainly promised an inheritance for him that he would receive “at the end of the days” (v. 13). Daniel would also not live to see the fulfillment of his own prophecies, but was promised that he would be resurrected to receive his inheritance one day. Daniel would rest in death and arise in resurrection to enjoy his inheritance—millennial blessings with his Messiah! He will one day be present to partake in the glorious events that follow the resurrection of God’s children!
In the New Testament era, the inheritance of the saints of God is raised up to a wholly new level. The relationship that we have with God is that He is our eternal heavenly Father and we are His children (John 1:12; Rom. 8:15). Jesus Christ is the "firstborn among many brethren" (Rom. 8:29). Just as in a human family, the father provides an inheritance for his children (Prov. 13:22), so it is in the family of God where we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:16-17). Along with the only-begotten Son of God Jesus Christ, we inherit the following:
- God’s Universe: We inherit all things in this universe (Heb. 1:2-3; Rom. 8:32; Eph. 3:9).
- God’s World: Through our faith we will inherit the world (Greek: kosmos), which consists of all created things. In the fullness of time, this will include all humanity (1 Cor. 15:22; Rom. 4:13; Gal. 3:16, 29). As heirs of the world, we will also judge the world one day (1 Cor. 6:2).
- God’s Kingdom: One day we will put on incorruption and immortality (1 Cor. 15:50, 53; Rom. 2:5-7), and inherit the kingdom of God.