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Co-heirs With Christ

God’s grace not only brings forgiveness from sin, but it also changes our status. We are no longer outsiders or slaves. Rather, we are made children of God. Paul wrote:

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:16-17 (NIV)

As children of God, we are brothers and sisters with the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only our Savior, Lord and friend, but He is also our brother. According to God’s Word, that makes us co-heirs with Christ. We share in His inheritance. Though we may suffer for His name, we will one day share in His glory. This is the promise of God to all of His children who have been adopted into His family. We are brothers and sisters in faith with one another and with Jesus.

You Belong To Christ

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul talks about the difference between being governed by the flesh and governed by the Spirit of God. He said that those who are governed by the flesh cannot please God. Then he wrote:

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. – Romans 8:9 (NIV)

When you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ by believing in Him, repenting from sin, confessing your faith and being baptized, you are filled with God’s Spirit (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit of God fills you and you belong to Jesus. That means that the flesh no longer has control over you and that you are living in the realm of the Spirit. You not only belong to Christ for your time here on earth, but for eternity.

The Lord’s Name

God’s name is a holy name and it is not to be misused, according to the third commandment. God said:

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. – Exodus 20:7 (NIV)

What exactly does this mean? Does it mean that we shouldn’t use the Lord’s name as an exclamation like “OMG!”? Not exactly. That expression isn’t what the third commandment is referring to when it says not to misuse the name of the Lord. Does it mean that we shouldn’t use the name of Jesus Christ as a curse word? While we shouldn’t use Jesus’ name in this way, that’s not what the third commandment means. It means that we should not invoke the name of God or Jesus for our advantage. When we say, “God said that you should do this for me,” or “God said you should give me this,” we are misusing the name of God. Be very careful how you use the name of the Lord. God’s name is special and we should treat it as such.

Jesus Is The Bread Of Life

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 6:35.


Jesus Is The Way, The Truth And The Life

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 14:1-6.


Jesus Is Resurrection And Life

The Easter 2018 message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 11:25-26.


Resisting The Devil

Peter said that our enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion. He’s looking for someone to devour. Christ-followers of Peter’s day were undergoing persecution and tests of their faith. This suffering was seen as a result of the devil’s prowling. Peter said to stand firm in the faith instead of abandoning it. He wrote:

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. – 1 Peter 5:9 (NIV)

Knowing that we are all in this together helps us to resist the devil and stand firm together. We have brothers and sisters around the world who are undergoing persecution for our faith and they’re not giving up. If anything, their faith is stronger. They don’t have the option of complacency. The enemy is on the prowl and things will only get worse for Christians before Christ returns. What will you do when the enemy comes prowling around trying to devour you? Will you walk away to avoid persecution or will you stand firm in the faith knowing that Jesus is coming soon?

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