Irenaeus Believed All Christians had an Abrahamic Land Inheritance

The Early Christians based their hope of inheritance squarely on the permanent and unconditional Land promise of the Abrahamic Covenant. Irenaeus who was a disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John the apostle stated this hope very plainly. Polycarp was appointed bishop of the Church in Smyrna by the Apostles (Irenaeus, Book 3, Chapter 3, 4). Polycarp led Smyrna church when Jesus wrote the letter in Revelation 2 in which he had no criticism and only praise for the faithfulness of that church. Jesus exhorted them by “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer… Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of Life,” (Revelation 2:10).

Irenaeus (AD 120-202) Against Heresies Book 5 Chapter 12. In that Flesh in Which the Saints Have Suffered So Many Afflictions, They Shall Receive the Fruits of Their Labours; Especially Since All Creation Waits for This, and God Promises It to Abraham and His Seed.

2. Thus, then, the promise of God, which He gave to Abraham, remains stedfast. For thus He said: “Lift up thine eyes, and look from this place where now thou art, towards the north and south, and east and west. For all the earth which thou seest, I will give to thee and to thy seed, even for ever.” And again He says, “Arise, and go through the length and breadth of the land, since I will give it unto thee; ” and [yet] he did not receive an inheritance in it, not even a footstep, but was always a stranger and a pilgrim therein.

And upon the death of Sarah his wife, when the Hittites were willing to bestow upon him a place where he might bury her, he declined it as a gift, but bought the burying-place (giving for it four hundred talents of silver) from Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite. Thus did he await patiently the promise of God, and was unwilling to appear to receive from men, what God had promised to give him, when He said again to him as follows: “I will give this land to thy seed, from the river of Egypt even unto the great river Euphrates.”

If, then, God promised him the inheritance of the land, yet he did not receive it during all the time of his sojourn there, it must be, that together with his seed, that is, those who fear God and believe in Him, he shall receive it at the resurrection of the just. For his seed is the Church, which receives the adoption to God through the Lord, as John the Baptist said: “For God is able from the stones to raise up children to Abraham.” Thus also the apostle says in the Epistle to the Galatians: “But ye, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of the promise.” And again, in the same Epistle, he plainly declares that they who have believed in Christ do receive Christ, the promise to Abraham thus saying, “The promises were spoken to Abraham, and to his seed. Now He does not say, And of seeds, as if [He spake] of many, but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” And again, confirming his former words, he says, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore, that they which are of faith are the children of Abraham. But the Scripture, fore-seeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, declared to Abraham beforehand, That in thee shall all nations be blessed.

So then they which are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham.” Thus, then, they who are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham, and these are the children of Abraham. Now God made promise of the earth to Abraham and his seed; yet neither Abraham nor his seed, that is, those who are justified by faith, do now receive any inheritance in it; but they shall receive it at the resurrection of the just. For God is true and faithful; and on this account He said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”


So Abraham, Isaac, Jacob can personally expect a permanent land inheritance and those that are in Christ Jesus can partake of that as well. Abraham did not inherit the land when he was alive and God will fulfil his promise. Contrary to many bible teachers that have various teachings it seems very clear that we all have a land inheritance in the promised land of God to His people, Maybe that is why it is such a large piece of land. Where do you want to be?

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