Or, more accurately, a devotional thought from a small part¹ of Romans Ch. 8 (NASB).
Here’s the “small part” (verses 16-18):
“The [Holy]² Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God [the Father] and fellow heirs with Christ [who is God] if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
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Three quick observations:
1. The mysterious reality of the Trinity of God (“3-in-1”) shows up in the first paragraph (2 verses). The Holy Spirit [God] connects with our spirit informing us that we are children of God [the Father] and also heirs along with Christ [God].
2. Further, it assumes–and expects–that we will, and are willing to, suffer as a consequence of this. This is not exactly the main point of what is called the “Prosperity Gospel” that implies that God showers blessing upon blessing upon those who trust in Him.
3. The Apostle Paul, the author of this, is confident that unbelievable glory will–in the future sometime–be revealed to us that, in effect, seems to minimize the impact, and duration, of any suffering now.
¹ For a more perfect understanding of this, the context of these words needs to be examined–and, as here, Paul can be rather long-winded in his teaching…so we grabbed a small piece of it here for a devotional thought.
² Use of braces here, and throughout the text, indicate omitted words that are assumed to be directly implied in the words next to them.