Inheritance

This blog is called “Acrosss the Stars”, as I am reasonably (but not certainly) confident that we will inherit them. And if we inherit them, we need to put them to good use, yes?

God would expect nothing less.

But check out North’s Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

The Maker of heaven and earth said that the meek before God will inherit the earth. Christ did not say “heaven and earth”, just “the earth”.

I will not put words in Christ’s mouth.

And yet, I remember when God told Adam NOT to touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. An order, that he should have obeyed: and if he had done so, North (and, with less confidence, myself) believes that Adam would have lawfully been allowed to eat of the fruit of that tree – AFTER eating the fruit of the tree of life.

(Note how Adam carefully and willfully ignored the tree of life, until after it was too late.)

And I know about certain dry riverbeds on Mars, as well. Perhaps we were meant to go there: perhaps we – or a different people God desired to create – were to populate that world.

A dead future, right out there with the aborted. All because of our willful blindness, evil, perversity, and shortsightedness.

A whole, massive, dead universe.

Our rightful wages, that our foolishness and evil has earned.

I suspect that Christ is not satisfied with that.

Not in the slightest.

And if God does not like it, then He will change it.

But He will not use sinful, evil tools to do His great work.

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

I Corinthians 15:50-58, English Standard Version

Don’t forget: the final enemy is not being limited to one world, it is not having insufficient power, it is not a lack of scientific knowledge. It isn’t even having a population only amounting to billions, or being stuck on one world.

The final enemy is NOT our finitude, or our inability to fulfill our every desire.

The final enemy is death.

And AFTER that enemy is broken, THEN Christ returns to finish the job: to bring complete justice to both the quick and the dead; to bring a final end to His enemies; to open the gates of eternity to His friends.

And with Him, all good things are possible.


This prophecy [Matthew 5:5] implies a zero-sum contest in history between covenant-keepers and covenant-breakers. Covenant-keepers will inherit everything. This means that the capital created by covenant-breakers will be the inheritance of covenant-keepers at the end of time. It means that inheritance necessarily carries with it the concept of disinheritance. The model of this disinheritance is the poor steward who buried the coin of the owner who went on the long journey: the parable of the talents and the parable of the minas. His coin was given to the most profitable steward.

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This chapter is an extension of the fifth law under theocentric (judicial) laws: God mandates growth.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

God mandates growth.

Lots of space up there, to expand into. To develop, raise up life on, inhabit, put to work.

But, because of the power such a work requires, I don’t believe that sinners will inherit the stars.

After all, if given enough wealth and power to either terraform Mars or enslave humanity “for its own good”, we all know what Our Betters will choose.

So, we won’t be getting that kind of power. Not yet.

We need to insure that justice and truth inescapably and forcefully covers the whole world — every nation, every tribe, every profession and science and city — first.

Expand the Kingdom of God FIRST!

NOW.

In your heart… your family… your church… your job & business… your neighbourhood.

THEN all these other things will be given to you.

LATER.

The nations & the world, certainly.

(And, if we ask, I believe the stars as well.)

God’s promise that covenant-keepers will become the primary heirs in history. ‘But the meek will inherit the land and will delight in great prosperity’ (Psalm 37:11). Jesus repeated this promise: the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)” (2:C:5).

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

First the earth, definitely. Then the star, maybe.

The Kingdom of God must grow, right now.

Then, as they prove themselves to be worthy and profitable servants, God will give His people their proper share in His victory.

This chapter is also an extension of the fifth law under stewardship laws: owners designate heirs. In Chapter 2, I wrote: “In order to fulfill God’s requirement of compound economic growth, there must be inter-generational wisdom passed on by owners to their as yet non-owning sons and daughters. This wisdom must include the knowledge of how to increase per capita wealth. The solution to this problem eluded mankind until about 1800. Only then did per capita wealth increase every year by 2% or more. That compounding process has created the modern world” (2:E:5).

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

You need both people and money to tame the land.

God has provided a way to generate wealth… a way that does not involves some kind of socialist or elitist robbery, of any kind.

A way that involves service, and listening to customers, and earning your bread.

Not just sticking a gun in someone who hate and taking their stuff because of your supposed “class interest” or “racial superiority” or “superior righteousness” or “love of the people.”

There is a better way.

The meaning here of “meek” is not “helpless.” It means “meek before God.” Those people who are meek before God are not helpless. They are under God’s covenant blessings. The historical process is on their side. This process is not impersonal. It is highly personal: the outworking of the decree of God.

Point five of the biblical covenant is succession. In economic theory, this is inheritance. The essence of the dominion covenant is adding value. This is what Matthew 25:14–30 is all about: the parable of the talents. Man’s God-assigned goal is to increase value in the broadest sense. He who fails to do this will have his inheritance transferred to the more productive members of society in the final judgment (Matthew 25:30). Covenant-keepers get richer. Covenant-breakers are disinherited. Put differently, the poor in spirit inherit the kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3). So do the meek, i.e., meek before God. This is the fundamental New Testament principle of inheritance.

This inheritance process is supposed to be reflected in the economy. Those who subordinate themselves to the demands of customers will get richer. Those who do not will get poorer. The market-based sanctions system of monetary profit and loss rewards those who are efficient servants of customers. They have subordinated their efforts to the demands of customers. This is how stewards prosper. They accumulate wealth. Then they die.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

Soon after they die, they are given a preliminary taste of how God values their service, in word and deed: heaven or hell.

In the Final Judgement, there is a full accounting, including a resurrection; Christ determines if He recognizes the man in the dock; and a full and final judgement is rendered.

Then, either the man is flung into the Lake of Fire, or enters the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Forever.

Both inheritance and disinheritance apply to individuals. There will be a general resurrection (Matthew 25:31–46). Covenant-keepers will receive their inheritance: an extension of the New Heaven and the New Earth. Covenant-breakers will be cut off eternally: the ultimate disinheritance. They will receive the second death (Revelation 20:14–15).

Inheritance also applies to the kingdom of God in history and eternity. There is a corporate inheritance. The kingdom of covenant-breaking man ceases to operate in eternity. It is disinherited.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

The good guys win, and the bad guys lose. This is the core point.

Whenever the good guys inherit only one redeemed, clean, and joyful world full of life and beauty, or inherit (or are permitted to raise up) many such worlds, is a minor detail in comparison.

I still hope and pray for a multitude of such worlds, though! Something good to do, for all eternity, if done in accordance with God’s will and following the direction of His Holy Spirit.

Each covenant has a doctrine of the last things. The kingdom of God predicts the future eternal extension of its jurisdiction. The kingdom of man predicts either the heat death of the universe, in which everything dies, energy dissipates completely, and time ends, or else endless cosmic cycles. I discuss this in Appendix B. In each evolutionary scenario, meaning dies at the end, either at cosmic end or the end of this cosmic cycle. Death swallows up life. Meaninglessness swallows up meaning. There is no sovereign to impute permanent meaning to the past, present, and future. All meaning is temporal, problematical, and transitory.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

One of the two Great Goals of the God-haters.
(Interestingly, the dream of non-existence is desired by the spiritual atheists, as well as the materialist atheists!)

The other Great Goal involves turning the Kingdom of Heaven into a man-pleasing brothel.

Both groups of God-haters are not going to get what they want.

Instead, they are going to get what they deserve.

[Aside: a video detailing the corruption of the Buddhist of Thailand can be found here. I will add that the Buddhists are not the only ones at fault here: much of the perversity there — and the consequences of it — stems from the American military during the Vietnam Era.

Each nation will pay for her own sin against her Creator, in her own way.]

Point one: God’s sovereignty. With respect to economics, this refers to original ownership. It is the result of God’s creation. He owns the universe. Before the foundation of the world, God had as His long-run purpose for the creation of the universe the redemption of His elect. This is a matter of adoption. It is a matter of inheritance. Paul wrote:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:3–12).

This purpose structures all of history. Without understanding this and acknowledging this, a person misunderstands history. He begins with a distorted understanding of historical causation. Part of historical causation is economic causation. This means ethical causation: point three of the biblical covenant, biblical law, coupled with point four: predictable historical sanctions.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

The Darwinian God-haters are wrong. There is a purpose to history: a right way and a wrong way to live.

As there is a purpose to history that is not set by powerful men, but by God, covenant-keeping Christians can step forward in confidence while God;’ enemies flounder in confusion, strife, futility, and death.

Theological error leads to the view that personal salvation is a matter of a sinner’s payment to God or bargaining with God. God’s purpose structures the most important of all payments to God. The payment was made by the Son of God to God the Father. It is therefore not a matter of economic planning. It precedes economic planning. This is the theological basis of this conclusion: purpose precedes planning.

Individuals reflect God. They are made in His image. Like God, they have general purposes. They also have specific goals that are related to their overall purposes. These purposes guide them in devising plans that they hope will enable them to fulfill their goals.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

I have an unachievable goal in my life: to visit and bring life to other worlds.

This is not the greatest goal: Obedience to God comes FIRST. So, my secondary, unachievable goal is subordinate to my first goal — with would be even more impossible to reach, without the cleansing of Christ’s blood and the rule of the Holy Spirit in my life.

With the most important goal secured and increasingly manifested as my life is sanctified, I can work and ask God for the secondary goal. If it conforms to His will, then it will be done: not in my life now, but certainly at or after my resurrection into eternal life.

And if He says no? That’s fine: He has good reasons for His actions, and I trust His word, be it yea or nay.

And if my goals and desires are denied by God, that is because He sees that there are more important goals, more important purposes and projects to spend time and eternity on!

God knows what He is doing.

The secularist Power Elite, on the other hand, are worthless incoherent failures in everything except in protecting their personal privileges and power. And even that comes to an end, five minutes after they die.

(And, God willing, a lot sooner than that!)

Point two: hierarchy. Man is under God as God’s covenantal agent. This is the meaning of the dominion covenant (Genesis 1:26–28). He must make plans in order to fulfill his assignment. Built into this planning is the multiplication of the species.

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God defines man in terms of this covenantal assignment. The Bible defines man in a three-fold way: (1) the image of God, (2) the dominion covenant, and (3), species multiplication. Multiplication mandates extension in space and time. To the extent that it involves time, it now involves death. This raises the twin issues of death and inheritance.

Population growth is a matter of dominion. It is central to the calling of mankind. The extension of population is a covenantally mandated process. Individual decisions produce a corporate result. This corporate result is mandated. Therefore, the means by which it is fulfilled is through sexual bonding within the marriage covenant. Sexual bonding is by far the best example in history of intensely self-interested decisions of individuals which produce results that are glorifying to God. The division of labor is extended by population growth. The realm of dominion is thereby extended. There is the possibility of increasing wealth per capita. The compound economic growth that began sometime around 1800 in the British Isles, Canada, and the United States has transformed the world more than anything else that mankind has ever done. The defense of the idea of the pursuit of individual self-interest as benefitting society should begin here.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

I like God’s definition of man: “The Bible defines man in a three-fold way: (1) the image of God, (2) the dominion covenant, and (3), species multiplication. Multiplication mandates extension in space and time.”

We have near-infinite space, and truly limitless time going forward.

But note that North implicitly defines useful space as what we can readily access: as is, what is on our habitable world.

I think we can change this. But it takes a lot of power and discipline, and a firm focus on the goals, and a righteous and (increasingly flawless and perfect) skill set to do so.

The zero population growth ideology is opposed to the clear teaching of the dominion covenant. So is the zero economic growth movement. They are peas in the same anti-dominion pod.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

The zero population growth people are just a bunch of racist God-haters, longing to kill the future because the White Race blew their chance to dominate it.

(And their non-Whites socialist groupies, who were played for fools.)

The zero economic growth people divided into two groups:

  • The Lawless White Pagans, who want to stop all economic growth outside of Europe and North America, and, by halting economic growth within Europe and North America via bureaucracies they control, can finally cement their power at the top of the political pyramid:
  • and the Lawless Non-White Pagans, who want to straight-up steal from the Whites and put the goodies in their own pocket.

Worthless, sterile, unproductive failures, the entire lot.

Multiplication mandates thrift. It costs wealth to raise children. Children are wealth- absorbing creatures. Parents are obligated by civil law, by custom, and by love to care for their children. In some limited sense, children are consumer goods. But grandparents, not parents, are the main beneficiaries of children as consumer goods. Raising a family takes time and money. While parents do gain some returns in the short run, children are mostly capital expenditures until they either reach adulthood or graduate from college.

The concept of compound growth raises the question of the exponential curve. At some point, a graph of the compound growth of anything turns upward and begins to approach infinity as a limit. In a world of finite resources, this cannot continue indefinitely. With respect to human population, we will run out of living space in short order. So, this means one of two things: (1) there will be a cessation of compound population growth because of limited physical space; (2) there will be a cessation of economic growth because of limited time: the final judgment. Nothing grows forever. Historical time will end.

Christian Economics: Scholars Edition: Chapter 10 by Gary North

There’s that bit: “a world of finite resources”.

That’s my quibble: North — very reasonably — assumes that there will be no colonization of space, ever.

I disagree.

I believe — but cannot prove — that there will be some form of colonization of space, that the incredible number of stars, worlds, and galaxies will be put to work.

North believes that time will end – and the Final Judgement will begin – because we will eventually fill up all usable space on Earth.

I believe that time will end when humanity conquers death. FIRST, the power of death, the Final Enemy is broken, and THEN Christ returns to judge and rule forever.

But also, we will need Perfect Guidance and Perfect Wisdom when dealing with the sheer scale, power and complexity involved with putting the entire universe under the plow, making it all fertile, vigorous, living, productive and useful… instead of a cold, dead waste.

Faced with such a task, easily involving billions of years, and anything less than the Mind of Christ simply won’t cut it.

And even a scrap, a hint of injustice, delusion, self-worship, evil… and the whole thing will rightfully dissolve into ashes and ruins and death.

A Cosmos even more dead than it is today!

For one thing, we would be stuck with evil immortal men running around, something God detests. God has already proven that He will not tolerate that!

I argue that only perfect, holy, pure, powerful tools – in the hand of the Holy One Himself – will get the job done.

And, I argue, that the purification, sanctification, and unstoppable victory of the Kingdom of God needs to be completed on Earth, before we can set about the greater task In the Heavens.

And that job isn’t done until Christ returns, with death defeated before Him, to complete the task His faithful servants – guided and directed by the Holy Spirit – has already prepped and prepared for His excellent hands.

Faithful and worthy servants, whose power and holiness, excellence and authority rightfully reflect their Master.

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