100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 28
You Are Co-Heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)
Yesterday’s post included powerful insight regarding your identity as an heir of God. You can read it here. Today we inspect the conditional clause that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to include with the identity trait, co-heir with Christ.
“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” (Romans 8:17, emphasis added).
Here is my approach to this truth: “Show me, Father, the sufferings of my Lord, and I will embrace them fully; however, keep me from accepting illegitimate sufferings.” I’m serious! I don’t want to get duped by the enemy and participate in the delusion of this world. In a furious second he’ll put something from the pit of hell upon me and say I’m suffering like a good Christian! This is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).
What is the delusion of this world?
There is a pervasive message that the fight remains incomplete. Many have bought into it and want to be champions for having won the fight. Glory to man!
I’m not buying it. In fact, when I saw the message, “Finish the fight” on a tee-shirt last summer, I started worshiping my Jesus. He went to the cross and made full payment. He fought the entire battle for humanity and He overcame! Jesus is enthroned in heaven, and God has put everything under His authority. No title exists nor ever will exist that isn’t already under His gloriously scarred feet (See Ephesians 1:20-22)! Hallelujah! The Lamb has overcome! Heaven celebrates extravagantly as a result (See Revelation 5).
Faith in Jesus means lavish benefits. You belong to a new bloodline. A victorious one. “Praise the Lord, O my soul: all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1-5). All these benefits you receive and continue to enjoy as co-heir with Christ.
Being God’s child does bring great privilege, but it also includes suffering. Study the yielded life of the Lord and discern His sufferings. Now, the obvious suffering of Jesus for the sin of humanity was the Cross, a “once for all” sacrifice, and no man can nor will repeat that sacrifice. Not even Jesus will take up the Cross again, so stop asking Him to do so (often our begging in prayer conveys that our heart refuses to believe He already overcame the world on our behalf; we approach Him with an apparent distrust, as though the Cross was of no effect). Our sin is paid in full.
What co-heir type of sufferings do we experience?
- Being misunderstood (See Matthew 13:54-58).
- Persecution (See John 15:18-20).
- Ministry demands that lead to fatigue (See John 4:4-6).
- Hunger in times of fasting (Matthew 4:2).
- Sorrow over unbelief of the people (Matthew 23:37-38).
- Sorrow over the temporary separation from saints who have departed and gone to heaven (Matthew 14:10,13).
You, Child of God, are co-heir with Christ if you share in His sufferings. But the story does not end on the note of hardship. You endure the legitimate sufferings of Christ knowing that you will “also share in His glory” (Romans 8:17). A finisher’s crown awaits every faithful runner who crosses the finish line. The fulfillment of your inheritance with Christ will begin when you hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Run fast from the delusion that there is more fight left undone. Your good fight is to operate in faith and not fall prey to unbelief. Keep the faith by knowing the counsel of God’s Word and by living it out every day!