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In His Royal Family

...the Bible says that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Life, that we have the authority to be called a "child of God."

...the Bible says that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Life, that we have the authority to be called a "child of God."

I love the Bible. It is a gift from God that tells us of His great love for us. It is a manual on man. It explains why we live the way we live and how to change the way we live by finding the real source of LIFE. This is so important because we will never really know who we are until we find Who He really is to us. 

In the Bible, God mostly heralds His truth to us, literally screaming them to us, so that we do not miss them. There are, however, other truths contained in His Word that are found not by direct declaration, but through deduction. 

Deduction = the deriving of a conclusion by reasoning; inference in which the conclusion about particulars follows necessarily from general or universal premises. This is the old if A = B, and B = C, then A must equal C. Make sense?

So where are we going with this? Well, the Bible says that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Life, that we have the authority to be called a "child of God." Wonderful! But we are not done yet. The Bible also tells us that God is not just a king, but the King of Kings! Wonderful! Now let's make a deduction.

If God is the King of Kings, and we are His child, what does that make a man/woman who becomes His child? What do you call the son/daughter of a King? You call them a prince/princess. That is how God sees you, and that is how you desperately need to see yourself.

This is why the Bible says that "through Christ,
we will reign in this life..." (Rom 5:17) because we have become part of the "royal family"
(I Pet 2)

This is not just something to know, it is something to live. How does one treat a prince/princess? With incredible respect, honor, and dignity. How does a prince/princess treat themselves? With incredible respect, honor, and dignity. It is time for us, the true royal family, to live like the true royal family we are so that the world will wonder where we have found such a distinctive life.

Then, we can point them to our King, Who loves to add people to His royal family.

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More To Come?

God is so very big, that it will take an eternity for us to unwrap all that He is to us, and even an eternity will not be enough to exhaust Him.

God is so very big, that it will take an eternity for us to unwrap all that He is to us, and even an eternity will not be enough to exhaust Him.

In Ephesians 1, Paul tells us we have the Holy Spirit as the pledge of our inheritance that we will receive from being made a child of God. This is a wonderful thing to ponder! Earlier, Paul states that it is through faith that we were adopted into the family of God. Now, this adoption gave us equal standing with Jesus in the family of God! We receive the same inheritance as our brother, the Lord Jesus. 

In fact, in Romans 8, it tells us that we are joint heirs with Jesus. Wow! What a great thought. But it gets better...

The Holy Spirit, Paul says, is our pledge that this inheritance is indeed ours. The word pledge is the word "arrabon", and it literally means down payment. When someone receives a down payment, it is a pledge that there is more to come. But how can that be?

Our pledge, our down payment that we have received
is no other than God Himself, God the Holy Spirit.

How can anyone receive any more when they have already received God Who is everything?

The only thing I can surmise is that God is so very big, that it will take an eternity for us to unwrap all that He is to us, and even an eternity will not be enough to exhaust Him.

Eternity is going to be forever discovering how good, grand, glorious, loving, merciful and kind God is to us. Amazing!

Partakers of Him...

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Adoption is one of the most beautiful things that
we as humanity can do for another human being.

In adoption, we choose to have a child that was not wanted, or care for a child that the parents could not care for. When we adopt them, we do all we can to ensure that this child becomes a genuine part of our family. We give them our name. We provide them a home, clothes, and an education. We extend to them our love and remind them often that they were chosen to be a part of our family. Children, adopted or otherwise, are included in the inheritance.

This is exactly what God has done for us who have placed our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The book of Ephesians tells us that we have been adopted into God’s family. We who were lost in the world, have found a home in God. So fully have we become His children, that He gave us His own Spirit to testify to our hearts that we are the children of God and that God has now become our Abba – an Aramaic word for Papa (Rom. 8). We are now wanted and loved, cared for, and even given an inheritance as a child of God! Amazing! But please know, it is even more amazing than that!

As beautiful as adoption is, there is one thing
earthly parents simply can't do for their adopted children.

They cannot give adopted children their nature, their genetics.

When God adopts us He, in His miracle working power, does what earthly parents cannot do. The Bible tells us that we were not only adopted into God’s family, we were also birthed into it with a Spirit birth (John 3). Or, as I John puts it, we've been born from above. God has put His Spirit in our spirit, so that we have become partakers of His own divine nature (II Pet 1). In Christ, we are as much God's children as Jesus Himself!

Because of what Jesus has done, we have the authority
to be called the birthed children of God!

Birth, Not Behavior, Determines Identity.

As human beings, we all too often identify others and ourselves by what we do. We tell people, “I am a doctor. I am a lawyer. I am an engineer.” For those of us who have what appears to be “lesser roles” in life, we might say, “I am just a housewife, or I am just a janitor.” This is tragic because God has made it very clear in the Bible that what we do does NOT determine who we are. It is birth that determines identity, not behavior. May I help you with this?

Take a second right now, and bark like a dog. Yes, I am serious, do it right now! Well done, and now a question, “Did that make you a dog?” Absolutely not, you are a human being who at that moment was “acting” like a dog, but a dog is definitely not who you are because you were born a human being and not a dog! This is true in the spiritual realm as well. The Bible identifies that there are only two kinds of people in the world. First, there are sinners. Far too many people define a sinner as someone who sins. We have already learned though, that behavior does not determine identity. That is a very poor definition of a sinner. Remember, identity is determined by birth, not behavior. Therefore, a better definition of a sinner is someone who is born in Adam. This means that they were born spiritually dead and separated from God, and therefore, because they are a sinner – they sin. It is not sinning that makes them a sinner, it is being a sinner that makes them sin.

When a person receives Jesus as their Lord, Savior, and Life, the Bible tells us that in that very moment we are “born again” – we have been given a new birth. This new birth comes with a new identity. We are now saints, and no longer sinners. That is why the word saint is used of us throughout the New Testament instead of the word sinners. We have been completely changed because we have been born again into a new identity! GLORY!

Now, this doesn’t mean we don’t sin. What it does mean is that we are now saints, who don’t act like who we are sometimes, and that is really foolish for us to do that, don’t you think? But hear the glory, when we sin, it does not change us back into sinners any more than barking like a dog would turn us into a dog. Again, behavior does not determine identity. The truth is you are not a doctor, or a lawyer, or just a housewife, or just a janitor. Incidentally, there should never be “just” allowed into our defining of who we are. You are either a sinner, born in Adam, or you are a saint who has been reborn in Christ! If you are a saint, and have been birthed into God’s family, that means you are now a child of God! You cannot get any more significant than being a child of the King of Kings, because that makes you either a son or daughter of that King of Kings.

By the way, what do you call the son of a king? You call him a prince. What do you call the daughter of a king? You call her a princess. That is who you really are. If you are a believer, if you have received Jesus, you are either a prince or a princess in the kingdom of God! WOW! Don’t ever say you are “just” again… no prince or princess would ever say that about themselves.