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Rev. E. Anderson
THE RIGHTS OF CHRIST AND THE CHRISTIAN

Reading John 1:

Text vv11, 12

Introduction

RIGHT: A right is a legitimate power and prerogative that can be claimed and used and recognized by an individual that gives them the ability to claim certain privileges of great worth. It is a lawful due that belongs to a person, a privilege which they can truly assert and declare and expect to be appreciated and accepted. A right is something that is truly conferred on a person to their benefit and an authority that they are entitled to use without question.

SPIRITUAL RIGHTS: In and through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it can be seen and witnessed to that Jesus Christ has won definite rights and to those who become His subjects they are also afforded vital rights in and through Him and what He has accomplished. By His advent and the fulfilment of His mission He has obtained great and wonderful powers for Himself and the whole of Christendom, and that means each Christian possesses certain entitlements that must be claimed and exerted. He came with the precise objective of enriching inalienable rights for all who dare to place their utmost confidence.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: There is an expression abroad in these days which is quite familiar – ‘Know your rights’. The media is ever seeking to present this feature to people so that they are not simply conversant to what they are allowed, but that they press their claims and experience the rewards. They must not miss out in any way to that which is legally and lawfully theirs. They must learn how to own their claim. There is no need for any Christian believer to be poor once they understand this factor in relation to Christ and themselves.

1/. THE RIGHTS THAT RIGHTFULLY BELONG TO CHRIST

It is necessary that Christians are fully aware of who Christ is and what He has genuinely won for Himself in consequence of His mission to earth. It was not a failure by any means, only one big success for Himself and for the rest of mankind. When he cried out on the Cross, “It is finished” some amazing things had been gloriously achieved. He was in the strong and overall position of claiming divine rights of a very important nature.

• He had won the right to be man’s Saviour and Redeemer. The Cross was not a disaster but a victory for Him because He had earned the right to bring about the forgiveness of all for all who trust Him as their Saviour. His death was in point of fact ‘the sacrifice for sin”, the sins of the entire world. John the Baptist had foretold that Christ was ‘the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world’ – John 1: 29. He is the only One with the legitimate right and prerogative to forgive sin and He does on the basis that He has the authority to do so in the light of His vicarious death. He has not only been rightly named ‘Jesus’, that is what He is to those who know His forgiveness. He can boldly set Himself forth to all and affirm, ‘I am your Saviour and Redeemer.’
• He had won the right to be man’s Lord. His death won the right for us to be forgiven but His resurrection has earned Him the prerogative of becoming and being Lord. The One that was crucified has now been crowned and given a seat of authority at the Father’s right as a Man and from this unique and powerful situation is to exert His Lordship. Peter makes the point in his first sermon, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” – v36. He is no longer a Victim but the Victor with unassailable rights. He is the seat of power and authority and engaged in the mission of creating a powerful, eternal kingdom, made of people who come to own His Saviourhood and Lordship. There is a glorious linkage with His Saviourhood and Lordship. One cannot have one without the other. By His death he removes sin and by His resurrection He rules over sin in His subjects. One day His Lordship will be fully expressed and be on view for all to witness.

2/. THE RIGHTS THAT BELONG TO EACH CHRISTIAN

The problem does not exist with respect to the rights of Christ but the rights of each Christian. Each professing believer must come to really know all that has been won and secured for them by Christ. He comes to place the believer in a healthy and wealthy condition and this becomes so when the believer begins to stand up for their rights in Him.

• The right to be truly saved – The great message of the Gospel primarily is aimed at bringing about a work of salvation in the life of all men. Christ is the only Saviour and men need to be saved in the way that God has planned and fulfilled, through the blood of His cross. People have got to come to a personal faith in Christ and to be saved on the basis of His work done on the Cross – Acts 16:31. To be saved is a vital experience for it means to be saved from its curse and ultimate judgment. Every sinner must come to the cross and find the answer to their sin in the cross. Christ has won the right for you to be saved and for Him to be your saviour. He must be availed of.
• The right to be healed. The death of Christ not only atoned for our sin and to reconcile us to God, it also secured for us the right to be healed. His sufferings and death have to rightly joined to bringing healing, life and health to our body. The prophet Isaiah forecasted the fact that Christ would win the power for men to be healed – “He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” – Isaiah 53: 5 see Also Matthew 8: 16,17. Every believer has the right to claim healing through the work that Christ has accomplished in His death. He died to deal with the curse of sickness.
• The right to be divinely changed. Christ does not leave a person to continue to live in sin but to be set free from the law of sin and to live a changed and transformed life – 2 Corinthians 5: 17. The conversion to Christ is to lead to a transformation through Christ where all evil habits and conduct is dealt with and there comes a likeness to Christ. The believer has the power to be renewed and changed on a continual basis so that He becomes more and more like His Saviour and Lord.
• The right to be a child and son of God – John 1: 11, 12. The choice and unique privilege of actually becoming a genuine son of God with all of its privileges and prerogatives is conferred in and through Christ. Not only is the right and blessing of forgiveness known, the delight of coming into a close, approximate relationship with God is to be experienced and a ongoing fellowship with Him as a son. Divine sonship is to be justly accepted and entered into in a very dynamic manner and fashion. A person is immediately placed in God’s family with all the blessed entitlements that are in such a position. There is the prerogative of calling and knowing Him as Father and receiving all the choice advantages of being a son – see Romans 8: 15-17 – “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ‘Abba Father’ . The Spirit itself beareth …And if children, then heirs; heirs of God…”
• The right to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The prerogative and privilege to experience the personal presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead is the lot of all who claim Christ’s Saviourhood and Lordship. The Lord has designed that all who embrace Him as Saviour and Lord should enter into a life and experience of being filled and blessed with the Holy Spirit. He has won the legal right for this to be so. Jesus promised that the Holy would be given and would come and this occurred on the day Pentecost. Peter told his hearers that day that this would be theirs if they repented and came to Christ. “He said, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the lord shall call” – Acts 2; 39. No Christian should miss out in being baptised in the Holy Spirit and of maintaining a life lived in and by the fullness of the Holy Spiirit. Everyone should place their claim in now and being to express the divine kind of life and living.
• The right to answered prayer. It is to those who live under His Saviourhood and Lordship that know their divine sonship and live with Holy Spirit’s anointing to have the delight of answered prayer. Jesus conferred this distinctive right to His disciples. He gives this assurance, “If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you . . . . Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full” – John 16: 24. This does show that believers are expected to enter into the delight of answered pray. God does not expect that any of those who are following His rights will miss out on knowing tremendous intervention of their Father through prayer.
• The right to divine guidance. It is God’s will and purpose that all who are truly Christ-ones should have the great advantage and pleasure of being directed by heaven, There is divine plan for living that assures and guarantees His overall superintendency which means He will afford the unveiling His route and course that offers that which is right and best. He does not want anyone to be at the mercy of their own limited understanding and planning or even other well-intentioned people, but he will assume the role of Guide and Mentor. Every Christian must learn that God will certainly steer and conduct the life to its greatest interest and achievement. He must take the reins and it is His right to lead and our right to submit to His leadings.
• The right to expect to share in the eternal world that is to be revealed at Christ’s advent. Jesus Christ promise and assurance that He would return. He has that right conferred upon Him by the Father and awaits the precise timing for it to occur. He extends the hope to all under His Saviourhood ad Lordship that they will share the heavenly and eternal future with Him – John 14: 1-3. Every believer must learn to stake their claim with regard to heaven and exclaim to death that it has no ultimate authority over them. Death is but a stage awaiting the sudden and glorious appearance of Christ that will justify those who have placed their rights in Him for resurrection and heaven. The Christian knows beyond doubt that heaven is to swing it doors wide open for their entrance.

CONCLUSION

The questions to be asked in conclusion:

• Do you truly and fully know Jesus Christ and the right that He has purchased and procured for Him and for His disciples and subjects? One thing that He is doing is He is sovereignly exerting His spiritual right and powers in the place that He holds.
• Are you really seeking to know what actually you should be and what you should be truly and spiritually experiencing in and through Christ? Do not miss out or be robbed of what should now be yours and enjoying. If Satan can hinder you on this, he has won a major victory and your life will be greatly impeded. Enter into your full legacy of prerogatives and see the marvellous changes that will come.

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