Fellow Heirs with Christ - by Virgil Stripes
Romans 8:1-4, 14-17 (ESV)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Wow, this is amazing. God has given us so much, and He keeps on giving more. Let’s look at this for a second.
No condemnation - This in itself is amazing. We are forgiven. We get eternity with God.
Given the Spirit of adoption - So not only are we forgiven, now we are family. God has adopted us into His family.
We get to call Abba! Father! - Abba is the familiar form of father. It is more like Daddy! What a privilege to have the God of the universe as our dad!
Heirs of God - the heir of everything? We are blessed beyond measure.
Fellow heirs with Christ - Colossians tells us that Christ is the Creator and Sustainer of everything that is created. So if we are fellow heirs with Him, what could this mean? I am not sure, but clearly it is an honor and a privilege to be included in such blessing.
So this passage (be sure to go back and read the entire chapter) has so much to offer, it is tough to cover in a short devotional. Let us just take a couple minutes, and think on this. Pause life and ponder the meaning of all these things. God has welcomed us into His family, and made us heirs. Seems like I am repeating myself here, but I am just astounded. It is just like anything else when we get a superb gift. We just keep telling people about it over and over. Sometimes we annoy people, if we don’t stop.
If there is one thing we don’t ever want to stop, it is telling people about the graciousness of God. His gift of forgiveness, inclusion into His family. But we are in this world, awaiting the fulfillment of our adoption. It will not be complete until we leave this earth and go to be with Him. And we will be like Him - Not become gods, obviously, but the fulfillment of our membership in His family. The full participation of being fellow heirs with Christ.
Romans 8:37-39 (ESV)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Photo - Cherry Blossoms. Not fruit, but the promise of fruit.