“Thus, Esau despised his birthright.”
A “birthright” is a right or privilege that one is entitled to at birth. I would like you to ponder a few texts this week, in light of the concept of a birthright.
“So then, as through one transgression, there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness, there resulted justification of life to all men.”
“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam, all die, so also in Christ, all will be made alive.”
“It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.”
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
I believe two things are needed for a person to be saved throughout eternity. The first is a “title.” In legal terms, a title is a legal document showing the right of ownership of a particular property. In other words, something that shows ownership. That object belongs to the holder of the title, and he or she has full rights and privileges in reference to it.
This title, this ticket, this right of ownership, this gift, according to the above verses, through Jesus’ death on the cross, has been given to every man, woman, and child! They are born with it! It is their birthright by virtue of the life, death, and resurrection of their savior, Jesus Christ!
The second thing is “fitness.” This must not be overlooked because, if left in our self-centered state, it doesn’t matter how much heaven belongs to you, you won’t be happy there and your birthright will be despised. Heaven’s other-centered environment would be a place of sheer torment and torture. Thus, what good would a title be to something you don’t even want?
But, notice how it all works! When we “believe” in the birthright God has given to us outside of our doing anything to obtain it, we see past His gift, to His heart from which the gift was given. We begin to see the generous other-centered selfless love of our God! This belief in His love for us awakens in our hearts and in our other-centered love for Him. We begin to love because He first loved us. By His love for us, our love is awakened. We become transformed or converted from self-centeredness to other-centeredness, and, thus, through faith in the already given birthright that we are all born with, we are changed, restored back into the image of our unselfish God.
What a truly wise and loving God we worship. I’m amazed every time I see Him.