Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
October 23, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<352> Thesis: There is a significant connection between what we learn in this time and what we are permitted to enjoy for all of eternity. Introduction: Last week we looked into the fact that Paul tied the Spirit's ministry to us of establishing our identity as the children of God to the "automatic" conclusion that, because that is true of us, we are also the heirs of God's provisions. But we made the point that there is a specific difference between being an "heir of God" and being a "joint-heir with Christ". The "inheritance" that comes from being a "child" is that inheritance which God gives to every believer regardless of whether, or how much, those believers develop as "sons". The thief who came to faith just before he died alongside of Jesus on Calvary and the apostle who labored "more than them all" for 30 years or so will be given the same inheritance from the Father. But, Paul also introduced a second concept alongside of the truth of our being heirs of God; he said that "if" we suffer together with Christ, we will also be "joint-heirs" with Him. Now, it is clear that the Bible says that because Jesus suffered the death of the cross, God gave Him a position and name that is above every name in heaven, on earth, or under the earth (Philippians 2:9). Thus, there can be little doubt that there is a significant relationship between the way we spend our lives on this earth and what we shall experience of eternal Life. This evening we are going to look into that reality as Paul addressed it.