There is something so incredibly intriguing about royal families and traditions. Think about it. When something major happens involving a royal family or bloodline, the whole world watches in excitement and anticipation (or horror and disbelief depending on the event!) So what if I told you that according to the Bible, you have a royal identity in Christ? And not only that, but you are called to walk according to this identity in your everyday life.
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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9 (emphasis added)
As royalty, you have been positioned and destined for a divine purpose.
God has always had a plan in motion. In fact, the first prophecy in the Bible concerning Jesus the Messiah is found in the third chapter of Genesis. Jesus was always the plan. Everything we read about in the Old Testament was leading us towards the promised Savior. And everything after His death and resurrection is a part of growing and expanding His Kingdom until He returns.
If there was one thing to be learned from all of this it is that God uses people to carry out His plans. We get to be a part of the story! The Bible tells us that God prepared in advance all that He would call us to accomplish. We simply need to be willing to walk in His plan.
Abraham was called to be the father of many nations. Moses was called to lead Israel out of slavery towards the Promised Land. David was called to slay giants, be king, and ultimately be a part of the bloodline of Jesus. And in the same way, we are called to specific tasks in God’s grand plan for mankind.
God has given you royal authority over the enemy as well as weaponry to use against his lies.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV, emphasis added)
Our spiritual weapons have divine power. What an amazing thought! God did not leave us empty handed in the battle against the enemy, rather He fully armed us with weapons capable of winning the fight.
When speaking of our authority over the enemy, we do need to remember how and why we have that authority in the first place. Part of our royal identity includes being a part of God’s royal family. We carry the family name with us everywhere we go. Think of it this way. As a culture, we roll out the red carpet for someone based on their name or who they are associated with. Families of celebrities are famous simply because they carry the family name. How much more is this true in the family of God? The enemy knows who you belong to… he knows you have God’s Holy Spirit living within you… and he knows God has a plan for your life.
Your royal identity in Christ is secure.
There are several ways in which we are royalty in Christ. First of all, we are royal by birth. When you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you were spiritually born into the royal family of God. That makes you royal by birth.
Secondly, we are royal by marriage. As the bride of Christ, our Bridegroom is the King of kings and Lord of lords. As a bride to a King, we are royal by marriage. And finally, we are royal because God destined us to be royal. His plan was to have a nation of royal priests. He called us to a divine and royal purpose… to rule and reign with Christ. (2 Timothy 2:12)
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” – Revelation 5:10
God gave you a royal identity when you became a part of His family. And you are destined to rule and reign with Christ.
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