Rom 8:17; Phi 3:12-14; Joh 1:14-18; Eph 1:22-23; 3:14-21.
ROMANS-375-120425 - length: 63:02 - taught on Apr, 25 2012
God is at work producing mature sons who can step in and take on the amazing calling and destiny He has waiting for those who love Him.
These differences are spoken of in the Bible in terms of rank, rulership, reward, recognition, privilege, and intimacy.
Rewards are associated with work and faithful service.
The source of the production matters.
Motivation: for the Lord or for myself?
Power: the Holy Spirit or the flesh?
For the church age believer, part of the inheritance is a birthright (child), and part of the inheritance is in the category of reward (mature son).
The inheritance of the Church Age believer has two compartments:
the birthright (regeneration), and
the rewards (maturity).
“God, in the New Testament Scriptures, offers to the lost, salvation, and for the faithful service of the saved, rewards.”
Salvation is invariably spoken of as a free gift, while rewards are earned by works.
Heirs of God by birth - by means of the new birth - regeneration.
Fellow heirs with Christ by training - a life of overcoming and service.
The inheritance of the believer has two sides.
Austin-Sparks talks about these two aspects in terms of (1) nature, and (2) service.
The little sapling has the same NATURE as the mighty oak.
But it is the mighty oak that SERVES.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
The resurrection body is related to Christ’s NATURE.
So are eternal life and perfect righteousness.
The WORK of Christ-His SERVICE - is to minister God to the creation;
to fill the creation with God.