People in our culture are often confused on what ‘rights’ they have as a US citizen. I won’t even go into the ‘rights’ people assume illegal aliens have, that’s another blog. The truth is, there are very few “rights” promised to us in our Declaration of Independence. The constitution doesn’t even go into our rights, it is all about the powers (or limits of powers) of the government. The amendments to the constitution (the first 10 being the Bill of Rights) are about certain rights we have protections for.
Some rights like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are considered to be endowed by our creator. Other rights like a free public defender can be granted upon you at a later time, like being arrested. Just because you have the ‘right’ to something does not automatically mean you have that thing. There may still be steps to claim your right. Some rights can be given and some can be taken away. But others are considered unalienable, meaning nothing can take that right away from you.
One such unalienable right is the right to be considered the son or daughter of the God Most High. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) To give you an idea of what “unalienable” would mean in this context, Paul made it clear. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38-39) This is a pretty exhaustive list of what cannot separate us from our Father in Heaven.
So what does this ‘right’ mean… to be the son or daughter of God. “ For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom 8:15-17a)
Again, Christ coming in the flesh to live as man and die for our sins, gave each and every one of us that right. To ‘claim’ that right, we must simply follow Paul’s instructions. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)
Have you confessed and believe? Then you are adopted as God’s son or daughter. If you have not yet claimed that right, now is a great time. Make a verbal out loud confession with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that He died on that cross to pay for ALL of your sins… and that on the 3rd day, God raised Him from the dead to conquer sin once and for all. Do that right now and you will claim your right to be a son or daughter of the Most High.
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