Silver spoons have represented status and safety for centuries.
In the Korean Joseon Dynasty, silver spoons were used to detect poisons, since silver tarnishes on contact with arsenic sulfides.
In the Middle Ages, having a silver spoon could distinguish a landholding farmer from a serf or peasant.
Even today, families prize their heirloom collections of silver spoons and place settings.
This is probably where the phrase “he is born with a silver spoon in his mouth” came from.
Believe it or not, all of us who know Christ as our Savior have been born again with a silver spoon in our mouths, since we are born children of the King!
We read this in Rom. 8:15-17:
“For the Spirit which you have now received is not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption the Spirit producing sonship in the bliss of which we cry, Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, but we must suffer as Christ suffered so that we will have glory as Christ has glory.”
Since we are children of the King of the universe, we are fellow heirs with Christ.
Since we were born again into God’s family through faith in Christ, we are royalty!
What are some of the privileges of royalty?
As we see in these verses we have received the Holy Spirit, who indwells our spirit.
He is Spirit of freedom not bondage, so we are no longer slaves.
Jesus said it this way:
“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now, you are my friends.”
Since we are no longer slaves to Satan, the world or the power of sin, we no longer have to fear.
We are sons and daughters who have an intimate relationship with our loving heavenly Father.
We read in 1 John 4:18:
“Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because full-grown love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment and so he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love.”
Since we are infinitely and eternally loved by our heavenly Father, we can grow in His love to maturity, and the fears of life will have to go out the door!
We can enjoy Him, since He is our dear Father, because “Abba, Father” means, “My Father, my own dear Father.”
Even though we suffer in this world because of our relationship to Christ, another privilege of royalty we see here is we will share in His glory.
We will receive a resurrection body just like Christ’s when the Rapture occurs.
Since silver spoons have represented status and safety for centuries and we were born again with a silver spoon in our mouths, we have status and safety in Christ!
Pastor Ken Keeler, Director of Church Ministries