September 21st, 2019
Children and Heirs of God
Romans 8:17 (KJB) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Identifying with the nature of Christ inside a personal relationship with Him makes a man an heir of God. This allows a man or woman of God to be both an earthly and an eternal spiritual beneficiary of the goodness and grace of God. God prepares a place for each genuine member of His spiritual family to migrate to immediately upon his or her physical death.
Certainly, you are familiar with a last will or testimony which are commonly drawn up by a lawyer at the request of a testator prior to his death for bequeathing all his material good and financial concerns to a person(s) or a living heir(s) in this world. This legal filing allows a man to divvy up his financial affairs and personal items to whomever and however he so desires.
However, that being said, a dying person does not hand his suffering and sorrow to another individual only his things of financial concern and value. This is different than being made an heir of Christ when a person shares in both God’s benefits along with His suffering. A spiritually revived heart receives both the grave and the eternal glory of Christ. It is important to understand that every spiritual regenerated person cannot share in the glory of Christ without being buried with Him in suffering and death.
This important truth is presented in God’s Word, illustrated for us in the act of baptism, and fulfilled in our positional standing with Christ as we sojourn on this earth, and satisfied forever upon our physical death.
A sincere child of God will be a spiritual heir sharing in Christ’s sufferings and grace while he or she is present in this world cloaked with the presence of Christ’s perfection and glory. A child of God is placed in sweet eternal fellowship with God upon his physical death as he enters eternity.