Identity & Rights
Luke 15:17-24 (NLT) 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
The ring speaks of the identity & rights as royal family.
I. The ring speaks of our Identity.
1. We believe:
John 1:12 (NIV) To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
2. We belong
2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV) (He) Set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
3. We become
John 14:5-9 (NIV) 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." 8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." 9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
4. We behold
5. We behave
A. It’s in our Nature
My grandad and a napkin.
B. It’s in our Nurture
“We first Believe, then we Belong…now we can Behold…Then we start to Become like him now we start to Behave like sons.”
II. The Ring speaks of our authority.
Because we belong to God what belongs to God belongs to us!
We are under his authority so we carry his authority.
The estate belongs to us.
Because we are his kids we have rights to everything in the house.
Luke 15:31 (NLT) ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.
Luke 12:32 (NKJV) It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Galatians 3:23-29, 4:1-7 (NIV) Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 4: 1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Our Inheritance is WHOLENESS.
SOZO: to save, deliver or protect, heal, preserve, save, do well, be/make whole.
We need to come into alignment with our inheritance
Isaiah 53:3-5 (NLT) 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
“If Jesus didn’t want to heal you than he wouldn't have.”- Rod Parsley
I Pet 2:24, Mat 6:10
2. Emotional Health
Rom 14:17 Isa 61
3. Economical Health
Philippians 4:19 My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Colossians 1:12 (NLT) 12 He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.