Being Heirs of GodBro. Kale Neely
9/25/2009 6:00 PM
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The promise made to Abraham was that in him would all nations be blessed. He was also to be Father to many nations. All those who have faith like Abraham are counted as sons of Abraham. We can be sons of God by the word of God.
Hebrews 3:5-6, 12-14
And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Moses was faithful and we appreciate the good things that came from his obedience. Finishing is just as important as starting. Unless you continue and finish the start is worthless. "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not." (Jude 5) Unbelief caused many Israelites to perish short of the destination. The parable of the sower talks about those that don’t finish what they start. Take warning and keep traveling on for God. Moses inherited a lot of trouble, but he was a faithful servant. We have better than he did.
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
We’re not just servants like Moses. Moses had to keep together a bunch of carnal people by the law. He corralled them by legislation. He couldn’t keep them in line. We’ve been privileged to see the church of God in action, living by the grace of God. Moses wanted what we have. He wanted all the people to be able to come before God and prophesy. He would have loved to have seen God in the faces of his people.
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands: and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
God has blessings in store for us. We can receive those things from God. There’s great potential in this day for wonderful things. Faith and trust that bring action please God. Put your faith in action to be blessed.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
The Spirit of God intercedes for us and helps us to know what God’s will is. We have to draw close to God if we would be deeply acquainted with him and see results. It’s wonderful to be in Christ’s circle of friends.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
We have to have the Holy Ghost to be close to God. God works in partnership with the Spirit to see that our needs are met. We need the Spirit of God to walk in the perfect law of liberty.
Romans 8:15-18, 22-23, 30, 10-11
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
The Spirit is there to help us. The resurrection to come can begin right here. Glorification means resurrection. Justification makes you alive spiritually, but there’s still something dead in you. Your mind and spirit need to be renewed and made alive. The damage of Adam’s fall is undone in you in sanctification. Press your way into this experience.
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
God has set things up so that we can have certain benefits. We get a little of the resurrection here. We get to have a little bit of heavenly life here.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We don’t have to completely understand it to possess it. The hope we have of heaven won’t let us down. We know this because we have a bit of it now. We can have it if we will continue to walk with him.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus became a servant to all and we can expect the same. We’ll suffer because we can’t be glorified without it. Our suffering has a consolation.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
If we suffer gracefully, like Christ, he won’t be ashamed to call us brethren.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
We have the privilege of suffering for Christ.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We have to bear a burden, but Jesus is with us helping us. Jesus is in the yoke with us. (See 1 John 5:3) He only asks of us what is good for us. (See Philippians 2:13) He helps us to want to do his will. He gives benefits to sustain us.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God:
(See Hebrews 12:20-24, 1 Corinthians 1:21, and Matthew 5:3) God is there for those of us that acknowledge our need of him.
Hebrews 4:1-2, 9-16
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Labor to enter into that rest. The rest is obtained as you receive adulthood. The rest grows as you grow. We reach for more. As we expose ourselves daily to the word of God we achieve rest. It takes away anything that would keep us from God. Have zeal to continue with God. Come to God boldly as a member of Zion. Ask God for help. God will give you whatever you need.