This is what God gave me today in his word:
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (Ephesians 5:4-5)
We’ve all loved something else at one point, even Paul before he was called to Christ, therefore it would be impossible for anyone to be saved (loving something other than Jesus is considered idolatry). After all, if you’re an idolater as everyone is or was at one point, you have “no inheritance in the kingdom of God.” So how then is it we’re saved? If what Paul said is true, even he can’t be saved!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
That’s how we can be saved now. Through the blood of the lamb, we have been born again. Our old “self” and flesh has gone and we now live a new life in Christ! That’s how it’s possible for us to have a inheritance, to be co-heirs; to be God’s own sons and daughters! It’s because God doesn’t see us as who we used to be covered in sin, he sees us as we are now; washed clean in Jesus!
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 8:17)
And thing is, we did share in sufferings on the cross when we died with him:
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)
You are loved!