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Because Jesus was crucified for us, died for our sins on the cross, was buried, rose to life again and ascended into heaven, we— having confessed our faith in Him— belong to the Father.

Through His actions, Jesus reconnected us to the Father. We were far away from Him in our sin, but because of Jesus, we now have an inheritance. We are now sons and daughters, part of God’s family.

In Colossians 1: 13– 14, Paul writes, “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

This means we have been translated from one thing to another. We have changed citizenship. We used to belong to the kingdom of darkness; now we belong to the Kingdom of His Son. We were lost; now we are found. Like orphans who are taken off the streets and given a home, a new identity, we now belong.

It means all the junk from our past is taken care of. The orphan spirit that plagued us and caused us to believe so many lies about ourselves is no longer in force. Jesus has done away with it. Now we are marked by the spirit of sonship. We no longer need to have an identity crisis, because we can be sure of who we are. We are royalty.

What does this mean for us?

Having stepped into this new place of sonship, we are free to be like Jesus. We’re free to lower ourselves, as He did. We know we are princes and princesses of the Kingdom, but we choose to humble ourselves.

Those who are secure in their identity don’t worry about giving their lives away to others. When you know that what you have cannot be diminished, you won’t care about giving it away.

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