We who trust in Jesus Christ are children of the most high God. As children of our heavenly Father we are heirs of eternal life in His kingdom that is to come. While we walk this earth, we have a glorious taste of the kingdom that is to come, for God our Father has created us in Christ and transferred us into the kingdom of His Son. This kingdom is in the Spirit. By His Spirit, Christ speaks His rhēma-word within us, helping us live worthy of God, who has chosen us and calls us into His kingdom and glory.
We who trust in Christ are children of the most high God. As children of our heavenly Father we are heirs of eternal life in His kingdom that is to come.
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. Ro 8:16-17
While we walk this earth, we have a glorious taste of the kingdom that is to come, for God our Father has created us in Christ and transferred us into the kingdom of His Son.
1 Therefore leaving elementary instruction about the Christ, let us advance to mature manhood and not be continually re-laying a foundation of repentance from lifeless works and of faith in God, 2 or of teaching about ceremonial washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and the last judgement. 3 And advance we will, if God permits us to do so.
4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once for all been enlightened, and have tasted the sweetness of the heavenly gift, and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have realized how good the word of God is and how mighty are the powers of the coming Age, and then fell away—6 it is impossible, I say, to keep bringing them back to a new repentance, for, to their own undoing, they are repeatedly crucifying the Son of God afresh and exposing Him to open shame. Heb 6:1-6 WMT
10 For we are God’s own handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works which He has predestined us to practise. Eph 2:10 WMT
12 and give thanks to the Father who has made us fit to receive our share of the inheritance of God’s people in Light. 13 It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His dearly-loved Son, 14 in whom we have our redemption—the forgiveness of our sins. Col 1:12-14 WMT
This kingdom is in the Spirit.
For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through [in] the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him. Ro 14:17-18 WNT
By His Spirit, Christ speaks His rhēma-word within us, helping us live worthy of God, who has chosen us and calls us into His kingdom and glory.
It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words [rehma] that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. Jn 6:63 WMB
26 “When the Counselor [Greek Parakletos: Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, and Comforter] has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. Jn 15:26 WMB
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah Yeshua, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua made me free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; 4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; 7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile toward God; for it is not subject to God’s Torah, neither indeed can it be. 8 Those who are in the flesh can’t please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Messiah, he is not his. 10 If Messiah is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Yeshua from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Ro 8:1-11 WMB
Keep Focusing on the Messiah
1Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God. 2Keep your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. 3For you have died, and your life has been safely guarded by the Messiahc in God. 4When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.
5So put to death your worldly impulses: sexual sin, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6It is because of these things that the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7You used to behave like them as you lived among them. 8But now you must also get rid of anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene speech, and all such sins. 9Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old nature with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new nature, which is being renewed in full knowledge, consistent with the image of the one who created it. 11In him there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian,j slave, or free person. Instead, the Messiah is all and in all.
12Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity. 15Let the peace of the Messiah also rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body, and be thankful. 16Let the word [logos] of the Messiah inhabit you richly with wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and singing to God with thankfulness in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether by speech or action, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:1-17 ISV