Full Rights Of Sons
“When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.“
Do you know your rights? How important are they to you?
In America, we consider our rights to be very important. These are rights like freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and freedom to defend oneself. We will claim our rights and fight for our rights.
In our passage, today, we are told that because of Jesus, we can receive the full rights of sons. This is adoption language. All those who receive faith in Jesus Christ are adopted by the Father and given the full rights as sons.
These are not our natural rights. These are rights of grace. Without Christ and His saving work, we would have no such rights. These are new rights, undeserved and amazing.
What are the rights of sons?
- You are a child of God.
- You have access to the Father and can come boldly before His throne.
- You have received the Spirit of the Son who lives in You.
- You will, with Christ, receive the inheritance of Christ, eternal life with God in the new heaven and earth.
Jesus Set Aside His Rights So You Could Have His Rights
These new rights we receive as adopted sons and daughters of God did not come without a cost. Jesus set aside heaven and became man. He didn’t become an earthly king, mighty warrior, or CEO. He was poor and afflicted and He was born under the Law.
He suffered harassment and ridicule. He perfectly fulfilled the Law, yet He was falsely accused and arrested. He was not afforded a fair trial. He set aside His right to defend Himself. Ultimately, He laid down His life, suffering the punishment we, as law-breakers, deserve.
Having taken our punishment, He then gave us His righteousness as though we had perfectly fulfilled the Law.
Jesus did all this so that you could be adopted as a son or daughter of God and receive the rights of sons.
So, now, you can enjoy the rights of sonship along with Christ for all eternity.
Thank You for adopting me as Your child, for giving me Your Spirit, for allowing me to boldly come into Your presence in prayer, and for the inheritance I look forward to.
In Christ’s Service,