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Co-heirs with Christ

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Co-heirs with Christ
Words of Faith 9-15-2021
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2021
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Romans 8
 [15] For 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, "Abba, Father." [16] The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. [17] Now 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.
      So, if we are obligated to God, doesn't that make us simply a different kind of "slave?"  We used to be "leashed to sin," but now we are "leashed to God?"
      No, that is not it at all. We are not slaves to God based on fear. We do not tremble in terror before the Almighty, for we have received the Spirit of sonship. We have been adopted as children of God. We have available to us the most intimate relationship with the Father such that we may call Him "Abba" or "Daddy" just as Jesus, the Son does.  
      What is more, we are co-heirs with Christ. What that means is that we are viewed no less than Christ in the household of God. Wow. Imagine that; we share in the riches of the glory of Christ! But with the riches of the house also come responsibilities.  
     We also share in His sufferings. Why is this? It is because we are His body on earth. We continue the work of the suffering servant. The price has been paid, but we continue as co-laborers as well as co-heirs. We will, at times, operate in the remarkable power of the Almighty, but, in the wisdom of God, we may also suffer persecution and even death.  
     Even Jesus walked in this way. Jesus had available to Him at all times the power of God, but surrendered the way of power at Gethsemane in favor of the path of servanthood. We can trust, as Jesus did, that should we suffer, our suffering is never without meaning. God will always use our suffering for the redemption of souls and to testify to the truth of God.  
      Father-- Abba-- Daddy. Thank You for making me a child of God, accepted and adopted as a joint heir of the King of Kings. Should I be honored to share in the sufferings of Christ, may I have the inner strength and witness of Your Spirit that you may be glorified.  In Jesus' name.   

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