As those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb, we should never forget our heritage. A heritage that reminds us who we are in Christ, gives us our identity, as we know from where we came, and to where we are headed.
We read in God’s word, that the nation of Israel had a rich heritage. They had a heritage full of promises and of a future.The nation of Israel had a covenant that God made with Abraham as a result of Abraham and Sarah’s faithfulness to God. The generations to follow Abraham were Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. It does not get much richer than that, or does it?
Each in his own right was a great man of God. They were spiritual and faithful leaders. During their time of leadership Israel prospered as a nation and its people were richly blessed. God continued to show Israel favor by leading them out of Egypt into a land of their own. During that time Israel was led by Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David and Solomon to name a few. They had might prophets, such as Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. They had a rich and mighty heritage full of miracles and wonders of the mighty hand of God.
But in spite of all God’s goodness, Israel reached a point where they forgot where they came from, they forgot their heritage. They forgot the hand of God. They forgot the God that delivered them out of Pharaoh’s hand. They were overcome by their sins, and lived as a nation of spiritual paupers and not the heirs to a rich heritage and members of a royal priesthood. Isaiah was trying to remind them of where they came from, their heritage in the verse above.
But we who are in Christ have a heritage greater than that of Moses’, David’s, Elijah’s or Solomon’s generations. Our heritage is greater than the parting of the Red Sea, greater than Elijah calling fire down from Heaven, greater than all the wisdom of Solomon, greater than all the miracles of the Old Testament combined. Included in our spiritual ancestry is Mary, the mother of Jesus. We have a heritage born on the shoulders of John the Baptist, the 12 disciples, and the apostle Paul. And the foundation for our history, the source of our legacy, and our heritage is born in the Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Israel was called the chosen people of God, but through Christ our Lord our heritage has been upgraded from a chosen nation to being His chosen child, His offspring, the very bloodline of the Living God, by Christ Jesus, He is our Father.
Under Jewish law an adopted child was legally entitled to all rights and privileges of a natural-born child. Paul shows us the love of God in Romans, by God, giving a sinner, who is not His natural child, the right to be called His child in His family. The emphasis is on the legal right as a child of God.
Romans 8:15 Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
The adopted child’s past from their natural-born family is removed, legally forgotten and sealed as if it did not ever exist once they were adopted. The child then gained all the rights of a legitimate child in their new family. They got a new father, and they became an heir to the father’s estate. The adopted child became equal co-heirs with the other children. In the eyes of the law their old life was completely wiped out. All debts were completely cancelled. That child was absolutely the child of their new father. We are that child, our debt of sin has been cancelled by the blood of Jesus. We are a new child in God, by the Blood of the Lamb. Paul tells us in Corinthians that once we are in Christ we have become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! In that new life we are the sons and daughters of God, part of the inheritance of a royal priesthood, receivers of eternal life. Now that is a heritage to remember. That is a heritage to be proud of. That is a heritage to be thankful for. What a glorious privilege we have to be the absolute possession of God our Father! As his children we take on the name of God—we are His children, His heirs, and His ambassadors.
God chose you and I to be His child. What an amazing, incredible gift. We were taken from a situation which would not have turned out well and in Christ Jesus we are given the opportunity to be adopted and live as God’s own children, and become a member of His family. We have been given a new identity, a new name, a new life, and a new inheritance.
Isaiah 51:1-Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance–all who seek the LORD! Consider the rock from which you were cut, and the hole out of which you were taken.
The Rock from which we came, in whom our heritage is founded, is the Rock of Ages, the name above all names, Jesus Christ. We were taken out of the hole to which we were born into, the hole of sin. But in Jesus we have gained a royal heritage, and an inheritance as children of the King, by the gift of his Son.
1 Peter 2:9-10 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. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
This is who we are, this is our heritage. We are royalty. We are children of the King. And if God calls you royalty, You better start acting like it, it’s your Heritage.