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What Does it Mean to be a Child of Royalty…
Early on, we discovered that the central message of Jesus was about the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. He began His ministry preaching the same message as John the Baptist, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). Then, He continued revealing the value of the Kingdom and what life was like in the Kingdom. Look at just a few of these summary verses of His ministry:
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people – Matthew 4:23.
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people – Matthew 9:35.
When Jesus sent out His own disciples to preach and heal, notice what He told them.
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 10:7.
Almost all the parables focused on the Kingdom (including the Kingdom parables in Matthew 13).
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants” – Matthew 18:23.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard” – Matthew 20:1.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son” – Matthew 22:2.
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom” – Matthew 25:1.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them” – Matthew 25:14.
Jesus even tied the message of salvation given to Nicodemus in John 3 to seeing and entering the Kingdom.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus answered, “”Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” – John 3:3, 5.
And Jesus also spoke about the Kingdom during the forty days between His resurrection and ascension. Look how the book of Acts begins.
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of (what) the things pertaining to the kingdom of God – Acts 1:1-3.
But there is so much more.
…When the Royalty is God Himself?
What allowed the early church to thrive under great persecution was the fact they fully understood the Kingdom of God and the blessed ramifications of God being their King. But they were also fully aware they were not only subjects of the great King, but children of His. In fact, as beloved children, they became heirs, and joint-heirs with Christ.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these (the ones led by the Spirit of God) are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” – Romans 8:14-15.
But it gets better.
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.
And we haven’t even looked at how much the Father loves His children, which is beyond comprehension.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 8:35-39.
So let me ask just a few questions before we close.
• What does all this mean for you, as a child of royalty, right now in your present situation?
• What confidence do you have knowing you are a child of God, and a joint heir with Jesus? (Rom. 8:16 17).
• And how does it make you feel when you fully understand the fact that nothing, not even your sins, transgressions, failures, or shortcomings, can separate you from the love of your Father, the King?
I thought so.
Join us as we discover what it means to be a child of Royalty, especially when that Royalty is God Himself, as we learn how to leave Laodicea (lukewarmness) behind.