Rom 8:17; Joh 1:14-18; Eph 1:22-23; 3:14-21; Joh 7:37-39; Rev 22:1-3.
ROMANS-376-120426 - length: 61:44 - taught on Apr, 26 2012
Spiritual Gifts Part 258: The Rewards EMBODY Service.
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.
To love the Lord means two things:
(1) to keep His word, and (2) to love the brethren.
JOH 14:23-24; 14:21; 15:12-13.
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.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life”.
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).
Heirs of God by birth - by means of the new birth - regeneration.
Fellow heirs with Christ by training - a life of overcoming and service.
|Heirs of God||Joint-heirs with Christ|
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.
Just as Christ is the fullness of the Father and explains Him…
The Church is to be the fullness of Christ and, by the work of the Holy Spirit, to explain Christ to the world and the angels.