August 5, 2012

With Christ – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,  if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:17

One of the most thrilling revelations of the New Testament is the fact that Christians are identified with Christ in all the key events of His great work of salvation.

This is true even with regard to His crowning redemptive act, His death. Christians are considered by God as dying with Him. As Paul said…

“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;” Gal.2:20.

Furthermore, when Christ was buried we were in effect buried also.

“Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death…” Romans 6:4.

Then we are also resurrected with Christ.

“which He loved us,…raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” Eph.2:4-6.

“… you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead,” Col.2:12.

But that is only the beginning of our great salvation. Christ then ascended to heaven, sat down on the right hand of the Father, and we are there with Him!

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,…raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” Eph.2:4-6.

Not even is this the end, for we are joint-heirs with Christ, as our text assures us. The writer of the book of Hebrews informs us that He has been “appointed heir of all things,” Hebrews 1:2. Then the apostle Paul tells us we share His inheritance.

“…we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:16-17.

This amazing promise even more amazingly includes reigning as kings with Him, now and forevermore.

“It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will [present tense] also reign with Him;”  II Timothy 2:11-12.

“…those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will [present tense] reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:17.

We are identified with Christ in His suffering, His death, His burial, His resurrection, His ascension, and then in His eternal reign!

When He returns, we will be granted the ultimate intimate association,

“…so we shall always  be with the Lord,” I Thessalonians 4:17.

Adapted from an article by Henry M. Morris

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