ROMANS 8:16, 17a

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Sunday Morning:  April 23, 2006

Text:  Romans 8:16-18  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

CHILDREN OF GOD

Romans 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our [the] spirit, that we are the children [teknon] of God:

CHILDREN ARE BORN INTO THE FAMILY

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God.

TWO YEARS OLD

Matthew 2:16  Then Herod, . . . was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children [teknon] that were in Bethlehem, . . from two years old and under .

TWELVE YEARS OLD

Luke 2:42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 

THE SAID UNTO HIM, CHILD

Luke 2:48  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son [teknon, child, same as paiv v.43], why hast thou thus dealt with us? . . .

CHILDREN NEED FOOD

Hebrews 5:12-14  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe

BUTTER AND HONEY

14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

CHURNED MILK PRODUCES BUTTER

Isaiah 7:15  Butter and honey shall he (Jesus) eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

LET US GO ON TO BUTTER

Hebrews 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles [beginning] of the doctrine [word] of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; (maturity) not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith [fidelity or faithfulness] toward God,

IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS

Romans 8:17  And if children [teknon], then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

THE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM

Romans 4:13  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

TWO OF ABRAHAMíS SEED

Genesis 22:17  That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

SEPARATION OF ABRAHAMíS SEED

Genesis 21:10  Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son (Ishmael): for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

DIFFERENT INHERITANCE

Genesis 21:13-14  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he (Ishmael) is thy seed.  14  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

WILDERNESS INHERITANCE

Genesis 21:21  And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

ABRAHAMíS OTHER SEED

Genesis 25:5-6  And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac

EAST OF CANAAN, WILDERNESS

6  But unto the sons of the concubines, (v. 1-2) which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

ESAUíS INHERITANCE, EAST COUNTRY

Deuteronomy 2:5  Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.

CHILDREN OF LOT, NOT ABRAHAMíS SEED

Deuteronomy 2:9  And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession [inheritance].

CHILDREN OF LOT, EAST COUNTRY

Deuteronomy 2:19  And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.

DOUBLE PORTION INHERITANCE

2 Peter 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

PROMISE TO ABRAHAMíS SEED

Romans 4:16  Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

NOT BY LOT, JUST MILK, NO HONEY

Numbers 32:1  Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle;

CANAAN, LAND OF GLORY

Numbers 13:27  And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. (Eze. 20:6  milk and honey, . . . the glory of all lands)

BY LOT IN THE LAND, FAITH

Joshua 14:2  By lot was their inheritance, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe.

HEIRS, RICH IN FAITH

James 2:5  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

JOINT HEIRS WITH JOSHUA, TYPE

Romans 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, (east country, wilderness milk) and joint-heirs with Christ (milk and honey, Canaan); if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

INHERITANCE IS A REWARD

Colossians 3:23-25  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  25  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

THE LORD IS COMING SOON

Revelation 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

LET NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN

Revelation 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

LOOK TO YOURSELVES

2 John 1:8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.