"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Rom.8:17)
What God intended when He sent His Son to the world was to raise many other sons and that Christ may be the first-born among many sons (Rom.8: 29). When we believed the Son, authority was transferred to us to be equally admitted as sons of God (Jn.1:12-13): “But to all who received Him, believed in His name, He gave power to become the children of God; who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh neither will of man, but of God” (RSV). The power here means “authority”. This implies that immediately we receive Jesus, authority was vested upon us. As a result we are empowered to act on behalf of God because we have become members of the family of God.
The scriptures went ahead to say that if we are children, then are we heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ (Rom.8:15-17). By the virtue of our being in Christ, we are made joint heirs with Him. This simply means that we are people with equal right to the inheritance of God in Christ! We share in His privileges and gains; we are placed in the same privileged position (Eph.1:19-21).
However, it is important we point ourselves to a particular truth tucked away in the book of Galatians 4:1: “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all”. This is serious! For as long as we refuse to grow up into our rights and privileges in Christ, we are defeated in life and we would never be able to function optimally in our God-given rights.
As a child, God expects for us to grow up in and by the word (1Pet.2:2). Even the apostle Paul said he was once a babe (1Cor.13:11). But then, we need to grow up the way the apostle grew up to become a man in the stature of Christ.
“And so we shall come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, preaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature.” (Eph.4;13 - Good News Bible). This scripture explains the fact that we need to get rid of our childish character so that we can attain the fullness of Christ.
One important thing that makes an heir a child is to know who you are in God. Dr. Myles Monroe once said, “if you don’t know whom you are, you will be called what you are not”. Remember the parable of the eagle that died thinking it was a chicken? If you don’t know who you are in God, your authority has no basis. The knowledge of your identity is what procures for you the right use of your authority.
“Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful men, who lead others in to error by the tricks the invent,” (Eph.4:14 - GNB). Now, that’s the danger of not knowing who you are in Christ: you stand the chance of being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. In other words, this passage is saying you need to know God for yourself. You really don’t need to be running around any man of God to tell you what the word for now is; you really don’t need to be running around for a pastor to lay hands on you to receive your authority in Christ. You have all that it takes for you to discover who you are in Christ, if you only can put yourself together to learn from God. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, “…learn of me…and you shall find rest unto your souls”. Sincerely, getting into your place in God is no magic…pay attention to God’s word.
Unfortunately today, many Christians go from denomination to denomination, from one crusade to the other, thinking that’s where authority is, and at the end of the day they get brain-washed and deceived by charlatans who only seek after themselves and their well-being; whose God, the Bible say, is their belly (Phi.3:19). You need not move about like a boat without an anchor; you have all you need (2Pet.1:3-4) and you have an access to the divine nature of God.
Grow up and know all that your heir-ship entails; get a hold on the authority you have as an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ; and grow into your fullness in Christ.