Galatians 4:4-7 says, When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir.
When you’re of someone’s heir, you inherit all they have. So as believers in Christ, we have a relationship with a Heavenly Father that doesn’t change with circumstances, or even death. We get a relationship with Him, where at one time we had none.
And that relationship is everything. It is everything here in this life, and in the life to come. Because our Father in Heaven, lacks nothing. He owns it all. That doesn’t mean a trouble and trial free life. But rather that even in the suffering and hardship that we will experience in this life, our identity as an heir of the Father, a co-heir with Christ, doesn’t change.
I’ve been to court proceedings of parents adopting a child. They are some of the most significant moments, I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.
In these proceedings, typically before the judge declares the child, formally adopted, a lawyer turns to the parents, and addresses them directly and says something to the effect of…
Today you’re asking the court to add the final order for adoption. If the court enters that order, in the eyes of the law this child will have all of the same rights, claims, and benefits as if they were naturally born. Do you understand? And among those rights and benefits include being a full heir to you.
It is a beautiful and powerful moment that reminds us of our spiritual adoption. As John 1, verse 12 says to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name
Loved ones, if you’ve trusted in Christ, if you’ve repented and believed the Good News, You are His! An heir to the Father, and a co-heir with Christ.