I’m reading a great book entitled, “Because He Loves Me.” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. In chapter five she speaks about our inheritance as a child of God and poses the question, do we live as a child of the King or are we still living as a stepchild? This got me to thinking about Ephesians chapter one where Paul tells us in verse 3 that we have received, “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Paul goes on to tell us that, before the foundation of the world, He chose us in Him that we would be holy and blameless (v4). And that He predestined us to adoption as sons (and daughters) according to His will and grace (v5-6). He then proceeds to list out the blessings we have in Christ.
1. Redemption through His blood (v7)
2. Forgiveness of our trespasses according to His grace (v7)
3. Knowing the mystery of His will (v9)
4. Obtaining an inheritance according to His purpose (v11)
5. Sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise (v14)
6. God’s own possession (v14)
Awesome right and He has done all of this for His praise and for His glory (v12). So then because of all of this, because we are now joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), He wants us to live as His children, children of the King.
What would you say if I told you about a homeless man who walked the streets daily, going through the trash to find food, sleeping under park benches, dirty and unclean. You’d think how sad. But then what if I told you this man had recieved an inheritance of millions of dollars and this money was just sitting in the bank waiting for Him to use it. You’d think this man was crazy right? Sure, we all would. It would be insane to live as a homeless man when He didn’t have to. It would be crazy to scalvage for food when he could afford filet mignon. Ludicrus for him to sleep under park benches when he could have a huge home and servants.
Yet, isn’t this what so many of us as Christians do? According to Ephesians one, we have redemption, forgiveness, the Holy Spirit and we are God’s special possession. Yet, many of us live as if this isn’t true. In Romans 8 Paul explains this. He tells us in verse one, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Did you hear that, we are no longer under condemnation, we have been set free, we have been forgiven. There’s nothing the enemy wants more than to make you hold onto your past, to remind you of your mistakes and seek to rub your nose in it. Yet, you are forgiven. The Lord has forgiven you, you must forgive yourself!
Paul tells us in verse 12 that, “we are under obligation not to the flesh.” Yet how often do we live according to our flesh. This should not be. Paul says back in verse 9, “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is alive because of righteousness (v10).” We have not received a “spirit of slavery, leading to fear again, but a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, Abba! Father (v15)!”
Oh if we could only grasp that the price has all been paid. It is finished just as Jesus said on the cross. We can’t earn our salvation it comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) And we can’t earn our holiness, we are given Christ righteousness. He has completed everything we need on the cross. Therefore, we don’t have to live under condemnation and we don’t have to live according to our flesh. Christ is alive, living in us. Let us not walk around living as stepchildren of God, acting as if we do not have an inheritance. Let us live as children of the King of Kings who are indeed joint heirs with Christ and have received every spiritual blessing needed to live for Him.