(Now the promises were given to Abraham and to his seed. God did not say "and to seeds," as if speaking of many, but "and to your seed," since He spoke of only one--and this is Christ.)
(Galatians 3:16 WNT)
For if the inheritance comes through obedience to Law, it no longer comes because of a promise. But, as a matter of fact, God has granted it to Abraham in fulfilment of a promise. Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, UNTIL the seed (CHRIST) should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels.
(Galatians 3:18-19 WNT)
There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. LIVING within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!
(Colossians 1:26-27 TPT)
Now we should examine what the inheritance and the promise IS, for it includes YOU!... and if you are "IN CHRIST" (to whom the promises were made), then you will not just be affected by the Promise, but become a CARRIER of its BLESSING to all the Nations, and Families, of the Earth.
I will richly bless you and bountifully multiply your seed like the stars of heaven, and like the sand that is on the seashore, and your seed will possess the gate of his enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed—because you obeyed My voice.”
(Genesis 22:17-18 TLV)
Notice also that in addition to "ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH" being BLESSED, it is his SEED (Christ, and those IN CHRIST) that shall possess the GATE of their ENEMIES! This is noteworthy when discussing "Reigning in LIFE" for we also see that the last ENEMY is DEATH itself.
Even as all who are in Adam die, so also all who are in Christ will be made alive. But each one in his proper order: Christ, the firstfruits, then those who belong to Christ in his presence. Then the final stage of completion comes, when he will bring to an end every other rulership, authority, and power, and he will hand over his kingdom to Father God. Until then HE IS DESTINED TO REIGN AS KING until all hostility has been subdued and placed under his feet. And the last enemy to be subdued and eliminated is death itself.
(1 Corinthians 15:22-26 TPT)
Christ indeed possesses the Keys of both Death and Hell, and He also possesses the keys of the Kingdom, and the Key of David, and this obviously includes GATES: whatever He opens none can shut, and what He shuts no man can open. (Isaiah 22:22, Rev. 3:7)
Again, the Mystery kept hidden for ages and generations is that Christ is living within the believer, ("to as many as received Him, He gave power to BECOME the sons of God") manifesting with/through the “HOPE/ EXPECTATION of Glory” as Christ said, “BELIEVE and you shall see the GLORY of God”.
"Take away the stone," said Jesus. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, "Master, by this time there is a foul smell; for it is three days since he died." "Did I not promise you," replied Jesus, "that if you believe, you shall see the glory of God?" (John 11:39-40 WNT)
Even after decay and the stench of death had set in to claim Lazarus, the righteousness of faith triumphs to bring in “the hope of Glory”, which obviously includes resurrection LIFE. :)
“In the path of righteousness is life—it is the path to immortality.” Proverb 12:28
“In the way of righteousness is LIFE, and in that pathway is NO DEATH.” (Proverbs 12:28 LITV)
“For He saved us and called us with a holy call, not in accordance with our desserts, but in accordance with His own purpose and the free grace which He bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before the commencement of the Ages, but which has now been plainly revealed through the Appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus. He has PUT AN END TO DEATH and has brought Life and Immortality to light through the Good News,” (2 Timothy 1:9-10 WNT)
The Righteousness (Necessary for Life and Immortality and Reigning over death's campaign) which we are being credited with NOW is not according to the works of the flesh and according to the law of sin and death, but it is called the Righteousness of Faith
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Rom_4:13
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. Rom_9:30
Moses says that he whose actions conform to the righteousness required by the Law shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness which is based on faith speaks in a different tone. "Say not in your heart," it declares, "'Who shall ascend to Heaven?'" --that is, to bring Christ down; "nor 'Who shall go down into the abyss?'" --that is, to bring Christ up again from the grave. But what does it say? "The Message is close to you, in your mouth and in your heart;" that is, the Message which we are publishing about the faith-- that if with your mouth you confess Jesus as Lord and in your heart believe that God brought Him back to life, you shall be saved. For with the heart men believe and obtain righteousness, and with the mouth they make confession and obtain salvation. The Scripture says, "NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL HAVE REASON TO FEEL ASHAMED." (Romans 10:5-11 WNT)
Really, we have SO MUCH to be thankful for.... For the same Holy God that gave us “the Law of Sin and Death”, also called "the Ministry of Condemnation" and "was imposed... for the sake of defining sin" has now revealed to us “the Law of the Spirit of LIFE in Christ Jesus” which is also called "The Perfect Law of Liberty" and the glorious "Ministry of Reconciliation"! (See 2 Corinthians 5:18)
“So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has LIBERATED US from the “law” of sin and death. For God achieved what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by the weakness of human nature. Yet God sent us his Son in human form to identify with human weakness. Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave his body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin. So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One LIVING HIS LIFE in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 8:1-4 TPT)
This Law of the Spirit of LIFE (which Jesus, the Anointed One, came to bring us into as we believe into Him and accept His Gift of Righteousness through the Reign of His Grace) is also known as “the Perfect Law of Liberty”; for as the Master said, “if you CONTINUE in my WORDS... you will KNOW the TRUTH, and the Truth will set you FREE! (James refers to it specifically under that glorious name, referenced below).
Who wouldn't love a PERFECT LAW that sets you free, and keeps you free--destroying the dominion of sin, illnesses and death, while enforcing LOVE's righteous and merciful Triumph, and leading all captivity captive, yet liberating all those oppressed by the power of darkness by His marvelous Light/ Knowledge/ Glory?
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, If you CONTINUE in My Word, you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
(John 8:31-32 LITV)
“The Law of Yahweh is PERFECT, converting/transforming the soul....” (Psalms 19:7)
But become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, this one is like a man studying his natural face in a mirror; for he studied himself, and has gone away, and immediately he forgot of what kind he was. But the one looking into the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY, and CONTINUING in it, this one not having become a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks to be religious among you, yet not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, this one's religion is vain.
(James 1:22-26 LITV)
His “Law” is “TRUTH” and knowing it sets us in True Liberty. The Psalms speak of TRUTH also as a Shield and buckler, so it will also protect us from illusions and lies as “the armor of Light on the right hand and on the left” defending us against the power of darkness.
Now, concerning "being transformed by the renewing of our minds" and not being conformed to the world around us, we have to consciously STOP eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil... which has been rampant in both the “religious systems" and in the “media realms"... Sin and death thrive where they are honored and esteemed and given “attention”... But Christ came to give us LIFE and Life more abundantly, but He requires that we abide and remain in the purity of His Words, His doctrine, His way of thinking, and letting His Love constrain us, as it will LEAD us to Glory, Honor, Immortality and Eternal Life, complete health, rejuvenation, renewal and sanctification of our whole spirit, soul and body, and perfect Peace, Joy unspeakable and full of Glory, and abundantly satisfied with the abundant richness/fatness of His House, and drinking from the rivers of His pure delights, and walking with Him in the Garden of His pleasure/Eden. :)
From the Beginning man was allowed to eat of EVERY TREE in the Garden of Eden, except one... we were warned to NOT eat of "the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil", for DEATH would begin operating “in the day” that we eat of it... or another way to say it, “the wages of sin (error) is Death, but the Gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE”. Now IF we think in our minds that Eternal Life, visiting Heaven, seeing Angels, etc (all mentioned in Hebrews 12)... doesn't begin until physical death and departure, then we are saying falsely that death is what qualifies us for it, instead of simply accepting the free Gift of Christ's substitutional death, and atoning blood for us on the cross, and thereby set aside the Grace of it all. We must learn to be absolutely convinced of THIS (below) as those privileged to be under the Reign of "the King Eternal Immortal."
If we are out of our minds in a blissful, divine ecstasy, it is for God, but if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again. So then, from now on, we have a new perspective that refuses to evaluate people merely by their outward appearances. For that’s how we once viewed the Anointed One, but no longer do we see him with limited human insight. Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
(2 Corinthians 5:13-17 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Faithful is the Word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. But for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, as a pattern to those being about to believe on Him to life everlasting. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
(1 Timothy 1:15-17 MKJV)