Rights In Christ

W. Terry Varner
September 1, 2013

The evening news recently carried a story of a man resisting arrest. He screamed: “I know my rights!”

Perhaps, no cry in the last 50 years has been greater from man that “My rights.” There are Civil Rights, Equal Rights, Student Rights, Women Rights, Children Rights, Animal Rights, Elderly Rights, Consumer Rights, etc.

Christians have rights and they need to know these Rights, too. The Rights of the Christian are more important than any other Rights that we enjoy. We may lose our spiritual blessings IF we do not know our Rights. We need to know the blessings and benefits we have by being in Christ. Paul writes, “For you are all the children of God by the faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26, emp. added). Consider some Rights of the Christian.

We Have Equal Rights as Sons and Daughters. The Rights that the Christian enjoys are made possible by the blood of Christ. Salvation and all spiritual blessings are connected directly to the cross and the blood Jesus shed for us. This enables us to have Rights which we would not have had otherwise. “And [I] will be to you a Father, and you shall be to me sons and daughters, says the Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:18, emp. added). “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many to the remissions of sins” (Matt. 26:28). John, the beloved apostle, wrote that Christ “loosed us from our sins in His blood” (Rev. 1:5).

We Have a Right to Spiritual Blessings. There are several spiritual blessings found in Ephesians 1:3-7. As Christians we are members of the heavenly kingdom in which are found “all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3),” i.e. no blessings are found elsewhere. The blessings are ALL in Christ, but not all who are in Christ always utilize the innumerable blessings. Consider three:

1) Redemption: “In whom [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Eph. 1:7, emp. added). The robes of the Christian are “made white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). We were “healed by His stripes” (1 Peter 2:24). “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb. 9:14).

2) Forgiveness: Forgiveness involves the concept of removal of our sins for ever; i.e. we are made as though we have never sinned. David writes, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12). Paul writes: “Then has He said, Lo, I am come to do Your will, He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:9-10).

3) “According to the riches of His grace. ” We are saved by God’s grace as set forth in the Gospel (Eph. 2:8-10). We do not have barely enough grace, but “the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7); i.e. His wisdom, love, mercy, etc. Paul writes that His “grace did abound more exceedingly” (Rom. 5:20).

We Have the Right of Access to the Father. Man needs access to God the Father to go to heaven. It is “through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Farther” (Eph. 2:18). “Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).