June 22, 2015
Partners with God
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you…because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:11, 14
Have you ever thought of yourself as being in partnership with Christ? You are a partner, you know. Or maybe you have never thought of yourself in this way. If not, the time to begin thinking in “Partnership terms” is now. Where do I get such a notion? The Apostle Paul said it. Not convinced? Go to Romans 8:17:
“Now if we are children (of God), 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.”
Read those opening verses again, changing the wording from plural pronouns to singular pronouns. Begin by saying, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in me, he who raised Christ from the dead is living in me, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to my mortal body through his Spirit, who lives in me.” Continue by re-wording the second passage, “Now if I am a child of God, then I am an heir—an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ.”
Are you experiencing a self-image panic attack? Not any longer. You are a child of God. You have inherited His kingdom. You share the Kingdom with His Son, Jesus Christ! You are a joint heir. And not at some time in the distant future.
Will God change his mind about you? Not if Paul was correct when he wrote Romans 8:38-39. Check it out!
One more thought: Do you think God has called you, equipped you, and led you to your present assignment, only to watch you fail? Hardly. If you are a child of God, and if the Spirit of Christ dwells in you, He is a partner with you, and you are a partner with Him. And you don’t have to wait until Heaven to begin receiving the benefits of your partnership.
Partners with Christ? Yes. Royalty? Yes. Victors? Absolutely. Inheritors? God says so.
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