What It Means to Be Living Royalty

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As Christians, I believe we would all agree that God alone is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He reigns over all the earth – an earth that He alone created.  In fact, that same earth is His footstool while heaven is His throne.  He is the Supreme Royalty that every ruler and bearer of royal blood will one day fall before and declare as their Lord.  There is simply no other God besides Him!  (Acts 7:39; Psalm 24:1; I Timothy 6:15; I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 103: 19; Philippians 2:10)

However, despite this truth, few of us really understand that we became royalty the day we asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.  We said a simple prayer, confessing Jesus as our Lord while believing that God raised Him from the dead.  Though this is the first and most important step to becoming part of God’s family, so much more is included in this great plan of salvation!  It goes beyond basking in the excitement of the forgiveness of our sins, and reveling in a mansion reserved in heaven for us!  It proceeds into a new life and a new royal identity.

ADOPTION PAPERS

Receiving Jesus as Lord of our lives meant God brought out adoption papers, signed by Jesus’ blood.  Before confessing Jesus as Lord, we belonged to the devil’s family.  The devil was our father (John 8:44).  But the moment we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, the devil’s legal hold on us ended.  Like our earthly adoptive laws, the devil’s parental rights were terminated, and God “conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-13

ADOPTIVE RIGHTS

When we were saved, we were handed certain rights that only a child of the King of Kings could have.  That right is marked by the royal blood coursing through our veins, a testimony of our Divine lineage.  It declares we are more than simply saved; we are children of the most high God!

Inheritance. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we became an heir to all the Kingdom of God provides.  This would include eternal life, healing, deliverance and protection from every evil work, and power over the devil and sin.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:16-17

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. I Peter 1:3-5

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:1-2

Citizenship.  We are also given the right of citizenship in heaven.  When our earthly bodies die, we will move from earth to take up residency there.  Our dread of hell has now been changed to an assurance of eternal life where our King dwells.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21

Family name. True to the adoptive process we’re familiar with, the Kingdom of God includes a name change when we are saved.  We go from bearing the family name and lineage of the kingdom of darkness, to proudly holding the family name of our Heavenly Father.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man . . . Ephesians 3:14-16

The world may not understand the idea of royalty in God’s family.  They may scoff at the idea that the King of Kings is our Father, and that Heaven is our home.  They may find our identity with the Royal Blood of Jesus as being arrogant and far-fetched.  But it’s the truth.  The more we realize and walk in that truth, the more liberty and power we will have while on this earth.  It is God’s greatest desire.  May we never underestimate or question the royal blood that flows through our veins . . . or the legitimacy of the adoption papers that make us His own!

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light . . . I Peter 2:9

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