You are Royalty!

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 by Matt Marooney No Comments
Our True Identity

Have you followed the news stories a few months back about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage?  Can you imagine having so much influence, that your wedding captures the attention of the world!?  The extravagance, prestige, and nobility surrounding this royal family is overwhelming to most of us.

Imagine what it must be like for Miss Kate, a middle-class (hey, her name is even Middleton!) commoner to be welcomed and grafted into royalty… what an honor, what a privilege!  Do you ever wonder why we’re all so drawn to this story, or beauty pageants, or high school homecoming traditions?  We’re attracted to royalty because its our identity!

What if every true Christian is actually a king and queen in the Kingdom of God?  What if we have all been grafted in to a royal family like Miss Kate?  What would it change in your life if you knew you had royal blood in your veins, and had already received an abundant inheritance from the King of Kings?  Have you ever wondered who you truly are?

The other day, in our Origins group, while encouraging one of the guys, I referred to him as a king.  He asked me what I meant…

Here’s my response to him…

I’m glad you asked! I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now!

I’m very excited about what the Lord is doing globally with His Bride (the church)!  I mentioned it briefly last night, but yes, we’re in a season currently where the Lord is revealing our true identity and restoring the things we’ve lost believing lies of the enemy and living out of false identities.

For most of my life, I’ve had identity issues… believing I had to take care of myself, and provide for myself, and always saw God as “The King”, and I was one of the peasants in the kingdom, full of sin, having to do the “right thing” to avoid punishment, and maybe, if I pleased the King enough, He might throw me a bone once in a while…

I became so co-dependent on people in my life, constantly trying to get them to love me… accept me, and think I was great! I poured myself into being the best of the best at what I did, and being able to do a lot of things meant I could impress a lot of people… I would highlight and promote myself and what I had done to gain the praise and appreciation of people in my life because I felt important and accepted when people liked me. If I performed “right”, you would love me…

Because I didn’t understand who I was, and who God says I am, I lived out a false identity based on who Satan said I was. An orphan… I believed God didn’t really have my best in mind, and He wasn’t really good – all the time. I thought I had to go out and “get” what I needed, and I had to protect it, and hold onto it tight because I never knew if it would run out, or if I’d be able to get it again, or someone would come and take it away from me.

This played out in so many areas of my life and relationships. I had no grid to even think about words like inheritance, royal family, abundant provision, much less a “title” or authority, purpose, or influence… But the Lord has been stirring something in me… I’m realizing more and more, that I’m greater than the sum of the “Christian activities” I do. There is more to this life than that!

It’s kind of like, before, I thought being a Christian was only obedience and “duty” to the Lord. And as a baby Christian, that’s true… just like with a child. God was creating dependability in me. It was a time when He was teaching me and watching me to see if I would keep his commandments (Deut 8:2).  But now that He has found me faithful, He is awakening something new inside me. He’s moving me into a place where my true identity is arising within, and He’s solidifying the truths that I am a co-heir, and a king.

He is truly awakening the lion inside me… and He wants to do that in you too!

The enemy is wrong… we are NOT orphans! We belong to the royal family of God, and we are being called
forth as the sons and daughters of the King!

Yes! The Bible says every true, born-again Christian is a king.  Jesus loves us and frees us by His blood to make us kings and priests (Revelation 1:6, 5:10).  Because we’re included in Christ, who is priest forever in the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:17-21), we are co-heirs with Him to the Melchizedek identity, which is both priestly and kingly (verses 1-3).

In Romans, Paul calls us “more than conquerors through him” (Romans 8:37). What does “more than a conqueror” mean? A ruler, or king. A soldier’s job is done after the victory is won, but to be MORE than a conqueror is to then be a ruler of what was just conquered— a king.

Also in Romans 5:17, in the Amplified Bible it says: “For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

And in Proverbs 25:2,  it says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Basically, Solomon, who was a king, is describing how the church, made up of kings would find glory in discovering the hidden secrets of God.

This is most likely what Paul is talking about in 1Corinthians 2:7 when he said, “No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”

We are kings in Him!

What does being a king mean??

It means, as an heir to the throne, you have Christ’s authority to carry out His Lordship on the earth. We do this in a couple ways… Personally, it means we reign over sin, ourselves, Satan, and spiritual death in our own life. This is the broader meaning of Romans 5:17 (and chapters 5-8). You and I have a divine birthright and privilege to apply Christ’s Lordship (His Blood) to our own lives, and by doing so, gain a personal rule over anything un-Christlike in ourselves! That’s why we can boldly reckon things to their death on the Cross!

Secondly, being a king means reigning in some kind of assignment or mission God has given to us (2 Corinthians 10:13, Psalms 37:9, 11, 22, 29, 34). In other words, as His Sons, we are to rise to a place of influence and credibility needed to reign with Christ’s authority in the earth. Part of this reigning can and must happen right now (Revelation 1:6, 5:10); however, the fullness of our reign over the earth will only happen after Jesus comes back (Revelation 2:25-26).

Hope that helps answer your question!

Here are some more scriptures I’ve been soaking in recently about our true identity in Christ as Sons!!!

  • 1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
    people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who
    called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
  • Ephesians 1:4-5
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and
    blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his
    sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
  • John 1:12-13
    Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he
    gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural
    descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
  • Galatians 4:6-7
    Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
    the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a
    slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an
  • Galatians 3:26-27
    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you
    who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
  • Romans 8:14-15
    because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For
    you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but
    you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
  • Colossians 3:3-4
    For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When
    Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him
    in glory.
  • Ephesians 2:19
    Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow
    citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:5
    You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to
    the night or to the darkness.
  • Philippians 3:20
    But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from
    there, the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
    Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He
    anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in
    our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
  • 1 John 3:1
    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be
    called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world
    does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • 1 Peter 2:5
    you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house
    to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to
    God through Jesus Christ.
  • Ephesians 2:6
    And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the
    heavenly realms in Christ Jesus
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