Child of the King
Pastor Steve Ellison
We are all God’s children. That is a complex statement. God is the Creator of all things including all life. Every human being owes his existence to God. So in that sense every human is God’s child. Certainly every human belongs to God. However, there is another side to this coin, a second verse to this song. God has a family. Not every human being has been adopted into God’s family. Not every human being has the privilege of calling God Father. Not every human being is in line for a spiritual inheritance. “When We All Get to Heaven” is a great song, but the truth is that we are not all getting to heaven. Some will choose not to go. They will refuse to turn from their sin and put their trust in Jesus Christ. However, for those who have, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV).
Ephesians 1:3-14 has some wonderful news for those who have put their faith in Jesus. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. God the Father chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Those who have trusted Christ have been born-again, regenerated, through the work of Jesus Christ. Old things have passed and new things have come. In addition, God has adopted us into His family. We now have standing in the family of God. We are now in line to inherit. God the Father freely bestowed, yes lavished, His grace on us through His beloved Son. We have been redeemed from our previous state of slavery. We have been purchased at a terrible and wonderful price. We have had our sins forgiven by and through the blood of Jesus. God our Father has blessed us with wisdom necessary to understand at least part of the mystery of salvation. God our Father has blessed us according to the riches of His grace. God our Father, simply because of His kind intentions, sought us out to save us. God our Father has allowed us to see the summing up, the culmination, the coming to fruition of all things in Christ. God our Father has an inheritance waiting for us; we will be co-inheritors with Christ. God our Father has chosen to display His grace and His glory in our conversion.
These promises are not left dangling in the wind, hoping for fulfillment. These promises have the greatest of all possible guarantees. Nothing is more certain. Nothing is more secure. We were saved through grace; we are kept through grace. We are marked out by God, identified as His personal possession, by the Holy Spirit. We are sealed, guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwelling within us is given as earnest money, a down payment, a pledge certifying us as recipients qualifying as inheritors of the King. We are God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. You, as one who has put his trust in Christ, are a child of the King. That ought to do wonders for your self-esteem. That ought to change your outlook on life. No matter what circumstance arises in your life; no matter what great failure you achieve; no matter what sin besets you; no matter what tragedy visits you; no matter who betrays you; if you are in Christ, you are a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords, in line to inherit all that He owns. As a child of the King, you are loved beyond compare. Hallelujah!