“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.“ (John 1:12, 13)
We reached a conclusion on the matter of fact that Christ gives to all who receive Him the right to become children of God. And that sonship in God is something of substance which you must receive if you will live in the experience of it. We also deduced that the way to receive this access is by knowing and accepting that which you know to be truth. However, the knowledge of the fact that Christ has given you access to sonship in God is incomplete if you are unaware and unconscious of the details that make up your sonship in God.
There are different facts contained in your access to sonship in God. These facts should become progressively real in your daily experience as you walk down the path of progress as a son or daughter of God.
You see, everything that God is and has, is ours to be and have as sons and daughters of God. And this is because as sons and daughters we are heirs of our Father. All that He is (which includes all He has) is our inheritance. This was exclusively Jesus’ position, but bless God, He has shared it with us by giving us the right to become children of God.
“and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17)
This is redeeming truth my dear friends, if only we would catch the essence—the life—contained in these words.
So in essence, to know the details of my identity as a son of God is to know who Christ is. For indeed, as He is so I am in this world.
But it is not just in going around saying these words. I must know by revelation. As He is, well, how is He? What are the details of Christ’s being? The answer to this question will demystify the details of your identity as a child of God.
The Life of God
As a son or daughter of God one of the things you receive access to in your right to sonship is the Life of God. This is what we call eternal life, or new birth. This is what it means to be born again.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:14, 15)
Eternal life is widely mistaken to mean the life that will be lived after a person departs from this world and goes either into heaven or hell. A life that will continue forever. But that is not the truth. For if it were, then it’s not only those who believe in Christ that will have eternal life. The unbeliever too will, after all, there is life without end in the lake of fire too.
Eternal Life as we see it here refers particularly to the life of God. It is a life that is not subject to, or bound by the laws of time and space. It is a life that is independent of natural circumstances and elements. This life transcends all that is reasonable and logical. It is supernatural. This is what eternal life is, it is the life of God. And it is the rightful inheritance of every son and daughter of God.
“but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
New Birth = New Life
To enter into the life that you got from your parents you had to be born and brought forth into this life, right? The same applies to the Life of God. To enter into the Life of God—to live the Life of God—you must experience New Birth. You must be reborn. Not of your parents or any man, but of the Spirit of God. See, the New Birth is a blessed mystery which has been underrated today. Too many abuse the words “I am born again”.
If you say you are born again and do not experience the Life of God within, nor manifest the Life of God without then what you have is not New Life; it is just another religion.
The Bible has this to say in 2Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
To be in Christ is to have received the access to sonship in God. This verse of scripture then tells us that such a person is now a new creation. He has been born anew into a new life. Old things—all that I possessed by inheritance from my daddy and mummy—are passed away: they went with my former life. Now all things have become new. ALL THINGS! This New Life came with its own attributes.
The reason why all things must become new is that this New Life—the Life of God—operates on an entirely different plane. The attributes of the old life cannot function here.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” (1Corinthians 15:50)
So if you had a certain sickness, ill character, or bad habit in your old life, they can be no more in this New Life. Why? Because the Life of God does not have in it corruption. And if, peradventure, some of those things from your old life still find ground to manifest themselves, then it means the Life of God has not become real in your experience. New Life is a reality and when you enter into it things change. It is not life-as-usual anymore. The things that are real to God become real to you. The things that are possible with God become possible with you. And as you progress in this reality you transform into the very nature, character, and essence of God. So that people will see you and say “I see God in this man”. That is what it is to live the Life of God.
Unfolding the Mystery of the New Birth
Death marks the end of your old life and it is the starting point of the New Life—the Life of God in you. When we talk of death here, we refer to death to the old Adamic nature. The Adamic nature is the life every man and woman is born into. It is the nature of the old man.
Now, when Christ died, we must know that He died with all of humanity in Himself. And as many as are baptized into Christ are baptized into His death. That is, they die—with and in Christ—to the old man. Likewise, when Christ resurrected in His glory, all of humanity remained in Him. And as many as are baptized into Christ are raised from death—in the manner Christ resurrected—into a new life. That is, they resurrect—with and in Christ—to a glorious Life. They are born again into the Life of God.
“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” (Romans 6:3-6)
However, it is only the beginning of the process to have the mystery unlocked to you. You must proceed to walk daily in the experience of your New Birth.
How do the New Birth and the Life of God become real in my daily experience?
“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:10-11)
It is only by faith that you can live in the experience of Eternal Life. First you must know by revelation that the Life of God is rightfully and legally yours as a son or daughter of God. The eyes of your understanding must be opened to what it really means to have the Life of God. And then you believe it—accept that it is as God has said it is. Reckon yourself to be what God has said you are.
This is what it means to live by faith: know it, understand it, accept it as God’s report, and move on.
As you progress by abiding in Christ and occupying yourself with Him, you will see the attributes of the Life of God becoming more real in your day to day experience.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)