God's children

Co-heirs with Christ

 

Has anyone ever read from the book of Romans, in particular the eighth chapter of that book? This book contains, if you will, a message to us from our Father, God. The verses 12-17 of that chapter, explains to us how we are children of the Living God. I will include it here;

Romans 8:12-17 (New International Version)

 12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.And by him we cry, "AbbaFather." 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 This message from God, is for me the one I have received with the most encouragement from above all others. In this chapter and passage, it tells me that I am a son of the Living God through my choice to accept the Spirit of the LORD and allow the Spirit to dwell within me. Now by accepting the Spirit and by giving over my carnal desires in lieu of those of the Spirit, I am adopted as a son and as a son of God I am accepted as an heir of God and co-heir with Christ.

This therefore has provoked much thought in my mind as to the big five questions When, where, whom, what and why?

 Let us begin then with the question of “When”. When did we receive the adoption of God into His family? We received that adoption when we decided to be led by the Spirit of God and not by our own spirit which would lead us most likely to sin and eventual spiritual death.

 A good scripture for this is from Galatians 5:16-18 (New International Version)

Life by the Spirit

 16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

 Not so easily answered a question could be that of “Where”, where in this sense would most likely point to a time period in our lives when we are ready to accept the message of the Gospel as the undisputed truth. Then we must live what we believe and confess and leave no room for doubt in our minds and the minds of others as to whose children we are.

Romans 1:16 (New International Version)

 16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Where also parallels with when, as in when we are ready God will send the Spirit to dwell within us where we are at a point in our lives and this point is usually at a point of transition. We are met by the Spirit where we exist at that moment we just need confess our sin and accept the change in our nature to one that is now supernatural.

Now then for “Whom” is this adoption? This is for all, first the “Jew” and then the “Gentile”, we only need to desire “real” need for change and “real” understanding that all things that can not be accomplished through man, can be accomplished through Christ who strengthens us.

“What” is the word to describe us as “children” of the Living God?  We are now not on our own, we no longer live apart from God as orphans, not knowing where are home is, we know by being His heir and a co-heir with Christ, that Christ Himself has interceded on our behalves to go and prepare a place for us in His/our Father’s house.

We are now new creatures through Christ as it is written in 2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (New International Version)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

 The question of “Why” is more personal, this question which I and others have already answered for ourselves, is a question of seeking. We, as we grow older and hopefully wiser, start to realize there is just only so much knowledge that I/we can acquire on our own. When we lean on our own understandings, sometimes we fail and quite miserably at that, or fall short if you will.  This does not have to be, we must give up a part of ourselves that keeps us apart from He who knows all. We must render ourselves humble and accept instruction and guidance as a child would from our Heavenly Father.

1 John 3:1-2 (New International Version)

 1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Accepted

 With so much to wonder about in this world, would we not all like a little clarity and perhaps someone to tell us "it's going to be allright". Regardless of what happens around me in the world today, I know now that I will always have a home and that I am loved.

 

Abba Father

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Love it! You are going in the only right direction. I am happy to walk beside you!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Your path is clear with this writing, and I hope to read more from you as you journey down life's highway with God.

Brother Dave.


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noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

It's amazing how one day the scales do drop from our eyes and we awaken to find ourselves in love.

The love of course that I speak of is "agape" and it in itself seems a spritual gift and man do I feel it.

Thanks brothers, it's awesome to come from such a family as this!


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noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

Not of this world any longer

With all the world around us and its miseries, sometimes we stumble because of bad choices or external influence and become discouraged. We are not alone, even as children of God and heirs with Christ to share in glory, we are still children first.

Our Savior had moments, moments of trying and prolonged suffering that even He, our Lord asked our Father’s help in the matter. Let’s refer to Jesus being led into the desert by the Spirit and His meeting with the Satan, many times Satan came to Jesus, tempting Him with wealth and fame, or even a basic need, food, yet each time Jesus would rebuke Satan telling him, we should not put the LORD our God to the test. This was Jesus, this is not you , or I, this was the only Son of God, one of the three of the Godhead and being born of man.

We are only born of man in our beginning, it is true God does breathe life into us by His Spirit, yet with every bad influence surrounding us, we are constantly challenged in that spirit of Sonship. Do we possess the strength to repel this constant and consistent invasion? Absolutely not, at least not on our own. We must look to our Savior, Jesus, for encouragement we must read and meditate on the Bible and reflect on it’s words, praying often that the Lord our God, Abba, Father will give us the strength to face adversity and overcome our sinful nature.

Let us not forget now who we have become, we have become new creations through Christ as written in 2 Corinthians;

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

We must remember of whom we are now adopted, we are no longer that creature of worldly desire and want, we are now receiving daily instruction and supreme guidance in our every thought and when we listen, He will tell us if what we should desire to do, that is what He expects us as His children to do, but are we listening closely?

Remember playing Simon Says? It’s a simple enough exercise and it builds your listening skills at the same time as providing entertainment and maybe you might recall the exercise where you write a message on a note and pass it on verbally to each other, more times than not the message is completely changed when it reaches the last who heard it. As God’s children though we must be very earnest in our listening, for there is so much at stake. The Bible, our instruction manual if you will, had not it been painstakingly deciphered from its original languages and then carefully and exactly re-scribed in our own language, we may have never known of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Let us look even to each other then, for instruction and guidance from and for each of us as God’s children. For as co-heirs with and members of the body of Christ, each of us possess something to sharpen and shape each other with, whether it be an ability to display an unnatural amount of patience and grace, or possibly gifts of the Spirit which would also testify as to from whom we are born anew.

We must remain as one family under God and through Christ, being compassionate about and showing empathy for one another and in this way we glorify our Father in Heaven, by showing that same agape love that He showed us by sending His Son, His first and only Son, born of the Spirit and born of man./

Passage to be read by another member of the congregation;

Hebrews 2:10-18 (New International Version)

10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12He says,

"I will declare your name to my brothers;

in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises."13And again,

"I will put my trust in him."And again he says,

"Here am I, and the children God has given me."

14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. 17For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.


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cygnetbrown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

We had a similar discussion in our church group just last Sunday, but we were studying St. John. We were discussing Chapter 3 where Jesus was trying to explain to Nicodemus about being born of the Spirit. We are born of water (physically born) and but we must also be born again in spirit. We then discussed how loving God (who first loved us so much that he sent his son as our propitiation for our sins) and loving others is evidence of that spiritual rebirth.

It's wonderful to see a fellow believer on the path to truth. My prayers are with you.

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