All Glory To Jesus

Romans 8:14-19 {The Passion Translation}

“The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” [or a spirit of slavery] leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of GodAnd you will never feel orphaned, for as He rises up within us, our spirits join Him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as He whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”

17 And since we are His true childrenwe qualify to share all His treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God Himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that He is and all that He has. We will experience being co-glorified with Him provided that we accept His sufferings as our own.”

Are you moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit? Do you notice when He is whispering to your heart? Are you choosing to obey Holy Spirit? You are truly good enough in Him! When you try to feel “good enough” which means “Now, I’ll finally be accepted” you will strive to work harder, do better or do more. This leads us back into fear, which is not a character of God. Fear is not okay for a believer to camp out with. I am not saying we cannot do better in our relationships, jobs or be more devoted followers of Christ. But, the question to ask is, “Why am I striving so hard and working harder and putting in longer hours at my job? What are my feelings behind the striving?” Honestly peer into your heart. Do you have insecurity, fear and low self-worth wanting to do more or be more? These thoughts can lead you into a spirit of religious duty or legalism.

Instead, we can find our true and real life in the full loving, unconditional acceptance of Jesus! He has removed the fear of judgment today and at the end of this age! In fact, you have been fully enveloped into His family! God is your Abba Daddy, your beloved Father! God, your Maker, is a loving and tender Father to each of His children! He has adopted you! He chooses you today and over and over again!

And, you know what else He does for us? As we are joined in Christ and to Christ we become joint heirs with Him! Quite amazing! We were once wandering rebels so far away from God and His ways. Once we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior He bequeathed us with His loving grace making us His royal princes and princesses! We qualify to share in all of His treasures verse 17 shares, because we are heirs of God Himself! These treasures aren’t jewels, gold, material things…but Christ, our Messiah! He is our great reward! As we live our lives devotedly and sacrificially unto the Lord, we share in Him today and into eternity.

He embodies all the fruit of the Spirit: all love, all joy, all peace, all patience, all kindness, all goodness and perfect self-control. I believe in heaven, we will know what Jesus is speaking to us at all times. There is no veil between us or miscommunication. I also believe we will know His perfect love and will know how much He loves us and how we are fully and completely known…without a shadow of a doubt.

 1 Cor. 13:12 (TPT), “For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face. My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood.”

I realize that everything I know and see today is only part of the big picture that is coming… before we know it. His transforming love will bring us all face-to-face with God in heaven sometime…soon!

In Romans 8:17 we read, “We will experience being co-glorified with Him provided that we accept His sufferings as our own.”  This means as we accept what He went through in His earthly life, all for us. It also means we accept the whole package of Jesus: His sorrows, His joys, His sufferings, the pain He agonized through and the love He poured out on the Cross of Calvary. We share in His experiences equally as if it was our own experiences. This is our true and real identity. Jesus identified with us as a human Man and yet fully God. We acknowledge that what He went through is what we will also face (maybe not crucifixion but we are called to die to ourselves daily, and pick up and carry our cross) and go through in this rugged mountainous journey.

The good news is “if we suffer jointly we will enjoy glory jointly.” (TPT footnotes Rom. 8:17)

Doxa is the Greek word for glory which can be translated radiant beauty, splendor, or perfection.

Rom. 8:18-19 says, “I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us.19 The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters!” (See John 17:21-23)  Amazing glory all the while we stand as royal children of our Most High and Gracious God, Abba Daddy! He has a passionate love for us so much that we will be one in Him and Jesus, through His blood. Christ’s glory will come to us, enter us, fill us, envelop us, and then be revealed through us as partakers of the glory. This “unveiling” (apokalypsis) is the same word for the last book of the Bible, “The Revelation [Unveiling] of Jesus Christ.” The verb tense in the Greek text is clear that this “unveiling” is imminent, soon to happen, and destined to take place. (TPT footnotes, Rom. 8:19) Who knows the exact timing, but God does!

“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Rom. 8:32 (NIV) He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” God gave us His only Son, so we could live with Him today and in eternity! We can depend on Him to give us what is necessary to bring us into final glory into our heavenly homes!

Just to be with you… Jesus gave His everything!

(If time is drawing near to Jesus’ return, who in your world needs to hear about His life-saving love?)   Please share Jesus and John 3:16 with them! Let’s start a worldwide revival!

Held by His loving grace,

Holly

Photo by Bethany Laird on Unsplash

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