All of this proves that God’s judgment is always perfect and is intended to make you worthy of inheriting the kingdom of God, which is why you are going through these troubles. (2 Thessalonians 1:5)
Do we really need to suffer to become worthy of inheriting the Kingdom of God? Did not Jesus suffer for us and made us worthy of the Kingdom. If I become worthy of His Kingdom by my suffering, then am I not attaining it by works?
The Scripture is very clear on the Truth that we do not enter the Kingdom of God by any of our works. We have access because we are made righteous and worthy by our Faith in what Jesus has done for us. But the Scripture is also very repetitive in proclaiming that we are called to suffer with Christ and as we share in His suffering we also share in His glory. (Romans 8:17)
It is true that we become children of God by what Jesus has done for us and He has made us worthy to be adopted into the family of God and made us worthy of His inheritance, but it is also true that we can just remain a kid of God and never come to the maturity of His Sonship in Christ. As long as we remain just a kid of God, we enjoy the benefits of our Father to the level of our maturity. But to be able to enjoy the fullness of God, you need to let Him transform you into the likeness and image of His Son, in whom He is well pleased. You need to come to a place, where He can say of you, “this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”.
To become like Christ and experience the fullness of His Resurrection, we also have to take part in His crucifixion. To be able to live victoriously with Him, we also have to die with Him. You come to the fullness of Christ, by becoming one with Him in everything, even in His suffering. You die daily to your Self and be transformed to His Self. As Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).
Jesus had moments where He was invincible, He walked on water, healed the sick, raised the dead, but there was also a Gethsemane moment, where He wept out loud for help, had to yield His will to the Father’s and take up the cross and lay His life on the altar and be crucified. We are called to be one with Him in His victories and also in His sufferings.
In Philippians 3:10-11 Paul says: “I will be one with him in his sufferings and I will be one with him in his death. Only then will I be able to experience complete oneness with him in his resurrection from the realm of death”
As we continue to walk with the Father just like Jesus walked and conform to His transformation process, He works in us to change us from glory to glory to be like Christ. As we become more like Christ and let go our carnal likeness, we go from just being a kid of God to a Son of God. Now we no longer just live to benefit from the Father’s inheritance, but have grown up to understand the deepest desires of His heart and truly walk with Him and rule with Him. We always rule with Him, whether we are a kid or a Son of God, but we rule to the extent of our maturity in Him. As we become like Christ and have His mind, we know Him and understand Him like Christ knows His Father and we also rule with our Father, just like Christ rules. And the Father indeed says, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased and who is worthy of the fullness of my inheritance”.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:5
- Romans 8:17
- Galatians 2:20
- Philippians 3:10-11