“Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father.’ Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galations 4:1-7 (KJV)
There has been much talk in our nation, and around the world of the new “Royal baby” which was born a week or so ago. “Third heir to the throne” we have heard. What is he heir to? The ceremonial, traditional position of the king of England. A small, and somewhat influential country in the world; an honor for this baby, and the ones which preceded him.
It is Paul’s declaration that those who have been born of God are heirs with Christ Jesus. Now that is not a ceremonial, nor traditional thing; it is an eternal, very influential thing. According to Romans 8:17 those of us who have been born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, buried with Him in His baptism, and raised again to new life through His resurrection are “Joint heirs with Christ”. What does that mean?
It means that we will not be ruling a penniless, bankrupt nation (spiritually and economically); we will rule the earth with King Jesus on the throne. He is the one who “Owns the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). He also owns the stars in the deepest parts of space, and the earth is His footstool (Matthew 5:35).
If we are joint heirs with Christ, and we are; then, as heirs of Christ we should behave like heirs of Christ until He comes again.
In Christ you are heir to more than a fading kingdom; you are an heir to all that is God’s.