“Our Future Glory”
The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.--------Romans 8:16-18
“Are you a child of God?” I have so often heard many people reply to this question with: “I HOPE I am,” or “I THINK I am.” Beloved, if you are a TRUE child of God there is only ONE response to that question: “Yes, I KNOW I am!” For the Holy Spirit of God confirms it with our spirit. We don’t have to HOPE or THINK, because we have a confirmation from God, Himself, and we can and do KNOW for certain that we belong to Him.
The Apostle Paul tells us, “and If children, also heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may be glorified with Him.” A TRUE child of God will inherit and share with Christ, all the riches of God’s kingdom.
Sharing with Christ involves more than sharing the riches of God’s kingdom, it involves sharing in His suffering. Because we belong to Him and the world hated Him, it will hate us, and we, as children of the Most High God, will share in the sufferings of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Then after the suffering we will share in His GLORY.
So to be able to be a co-heir in Christ’s glory, in the future, the Child of God must be willing to share in His sufferings in this life. But keep in mind that “we are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (v 37)
Paul also gives us an incentive for the present sufferings, in saying, “…that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” We ABSOLUTELY have NOTHING to compare the riches and glory that awaits the TRUE child of the Living God with, other than to say that all the sufferings of this present life is minuscule compared to what awaits the TRUE Child of God.
Now, my questions are: Are you a TRUE Child of the Living God? Are you willing to share in all the riches and glory of God’s Kingdom, with Christ Jesus, by sharing in His sufferings? If your answer is NO than you are destined to spend ALL eternity in Hell. Sharing the sufferings in this life is temporary, but suffering in Hell is PERMANENT, with NO escape. You can become a TRUE Child of the Living God by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a co-heir with Christ to all the riches of God’s Kingdom. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He’s waiting!!!