“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.” ~Romans 8:17
The man looked at his wife and said, “When we were first married, we had only one can of beans and a nickel. I bought an apple with that nickel and polished it up really pretty and sold it for a dime. Then I bought two apples and shined them up really nice and sold them for a quarter. Then my father died and left us sixty-five million dollars.”
You are saved not because you can shine yourself up real pretty and polish yourself up real nice. You are saved because your Father is the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth and he has decided to give you everything he has! What belongs to the Father belongs to us. What is Jesus’ is ours. Not because you’re good; not because you’re worthy. But because our Father is super rich and you are his child.
Pharaoh had all the military, but God wasn’t for Pharaoh; he was for Moses. Goliath had all the technology, but God wasn’t for Goliath; he was for David. The Sanhedrin had all the votes, but God wasn’t for the Sanhedrin; he was for Peter and John. When you belong to God, everything is turned upside down. As heirs with Christ, we are the poor turned rich, we’re the losers turned winners, we’re the weak turned super strong!
Jesus says the Son can do nothing by himself. And we think, “What? He’s Jesus! What do you mean? Jesus could do anything!” But, no. Jesus did not and could not bring himself out of the grave. He put his total trust in his Father. He gave himself completely to God in faith. And God raised him up and seated him at his right hand in glory.
God will always raise us up. We are heirs with Christ.