“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so, we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN NOW, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him PURIFIES HIMSELF AS HE IS PURE. (1 John 3:1-3)
As God’s children, we must keep ourselves pure! The world is becoming exceeding corrupt, remember when we see Jesus, we shall be like Him…and as His children, we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade . . . kept in heaven” (1 Peter 1:4), so:
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So, YOU ARE…GOD’S CHILD; and since you are his child, God has made you also AN HEIR.” (Gal. 4:6-7)
An heir is one who receives THEIR ALLOTTED POSSESSION BY RIGHT OF SONSHIP. The musical play Annie contains a wonderful illustration of becoming an heir of God. When Annie moves from the orphanage to the Warbucks Mansion, it’s an incredible change for her. She leaves behind a spiteful, alcoholic caretaker and enters a relationship with a caring father. She goes from having no possessions to having ALL SHE WOULD EVER NEED.
“…the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Rom. 8:14-17)
WE ARE CO-HEIRS WITH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD…