“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 NIV
You come from Royalty,
An aristocratic dynasty
The goal of the enemy,
Is that you don’t know who you are
There’s power when you speak
Be mindful of words you release
I know that life has challenged you,
But the King in me speaks to the King in you
You were born to rule
There is a king in you
There is a king in you
Those words are song lyrics to Donald Lawrence’s “There is a King In You”. A powerful song that speaks volumes to the believer. This song of encouragement compels us to let go of the past and embrace who we are now in Christ. This songwriter declares who we are in Christ, just as Paul does throughout the book of Romans. There is much contrast between control of sin and the Spirit. Romans 8 begins with Paul saying, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NIV). My sister, you, who are in Christ, have been freed from the penalty of sin! We are no longer under the control of sin. That’s good news! You are no longer condemned by your past mistakes. Is there a queen in you? Yes there is. I declare it so! The opposite of condemnation is justification. We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ. “God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (I Corinthians 5:21). Because He died for our sins we were given the right to the tree of life (Revelations 22:14). He loves us so much that He gave His life for us. It is then our decision to receive and believe.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” Galatians 3:26 NIV
Here’s an equation to remember:
Relationship with God + Faith= Righteousness
We become righteous not by our own strength but through the Lord’s saving work and our faith in Him. The scripture goes on to say that we are justified, no longer slaves to sin but have life in the Spirit. If we have life in the Spirit then we are no longer the same. We cannot be the same. If we are controlled by our sinful nature, then we can never please God (v8). Living life the way God intended opens us to the priveleges of being his children, His daughters.
Adoption: Privileged Children
“And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (v17a)
Here’s a clear definition of what adoption means in the bible. ‘Adoption is an act of God whereby he makes us members of his family’. Becoming a part of the royal family is not by our doing. We don’t have the power to do that. It is an act of God. God elects us as members of his family. He takes us in as orphans and gives us a new name. We become heirs with God because we are children of God. Since we are children of God we become sisters to Christ Jesus. ‘We are not born as God’s children; we are adopted into his family when we receive his Spirit’. When I think of the word “heir”, I think of someone earning an inheritance or who is now a beneficiary. All that God has available to Jesus is now available to us.
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahamʼs seed, and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:29 NIV
We Are Daughters of God
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
John 1:12 NIV
The privilege of being a child of God is that we can go directly to God as our Father. We receive the spirit of sonship. Because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, we no longer have to bring a sacrifice. We can go to the Lord, Abba Father, directly with our cares and needs. Being heirs of God, we inherit eternal life. We can place our trust in God that one day he is coming back for the church. As heirs, we may even experience suffering for believing in Him. Charles Spurgeon said “Let us joyfully accept present suffering with Christ, for it is part of the heritage. Let us believe in the glorification which is sure to follow in due time, and let us anticipate it with great rejoicing”. We will experience suffering and persecution for Christ’s sake. This is expected but the glory to come is far greater. Let us rejoice in anticipation of that glory. We can find security in God’s forgiveness and unconditional love. There is nothing you can do that can kick you out of God’s family. Those are a few things we inherit but there is far more to mention. In other words, in God’s Word there are so many promises of God that we can hold fast to. Highlight, underline or even write it down, so that you can remember what God truth says. Consider those song lyrics I mentioned earlier in this post; There is a queen in you.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39 NIV