28 Jan Who We Are In Christ
The Bible makes it clear that we as Christians have an identity in Christ. It is important to know who we are so we can live our lives in truth.
1. Children of the Most High
Through Christ, we have been adopted by God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. – Romans 8:15-16. As children of God we are loved as much as treasure (Malachi 3:17). God hears our cries and prayers. This is why we should never worry but pray for a solution (Philippians 4:6). God will always supply everything that we need and knows it in advance (Matthew 6:31-33). However we must seek him first and his righteousness.
2. Chosen and Set Apart Before Birth
God knew us before we were in our mother’s womb (Isaiah 49:1, Jeremiah 1:5). He has set us apart from everyone else in order to fulfill his purpose through Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. – Ephesians 1:4-6. As children of God, we are co-heirs with Christ and sit in heavenly places with him (Romans 8:17, 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, Ephesians 2:6).
3. Our Spirit is Redeemed, Our Soul is Being Redeemed, and Our Body Will be Redeemed
Once we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, our spirit had been redeemed. Our sins has been wash away and forgotten by God through his blood ( 1 Corinthians 6:11, Ephesians 1:7, Revelation 5:9). Our soul is being redeemed by the renewing of the mind through reading and hearing the word, then acting on it (Romans 12:2, Galatians 6:8). This part of redemption can only be done with the Holy Spirit. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4:30. Our body will be redeemed before the millennial reign of Christ on Earth (Revelation 20:5-6, Romans 8:11).
4. New Creations
When we become born again, we become new creations. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17. So there is no distinction between race, culture, gender, etc. because we are all in Christ (Colossians 3:11).
5. Light of the World
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14. In a world full of darkness, many people are stumbling not knowing where they are going in life and afterlife (John 12:35). As long as we have our source of electricity, which is Christ, we will continue to be children of light (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
6. Enemies of Satan and His Kingdom
Since God replaced Satan’s position in Heaven with children of Christ, we are Satan’s enemies. This is why it is written, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. – 1 Peter 5:8-9. The kingdom of darkness works day and night to make sure we don’t fulfill our purpose on Earth. They find clever ways to distract and frustrate us.
Since we are born again Christians, God dwell in us. As God’s vessels, we can speak in tongues (Acts 2:4). We can edify the church with spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:28-31). Some of us as vessels are for common uses and some are for special uses (Romans 9:21).
In Christ we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. – 1 John 5:4. As Christ’s enemies are under his feet, so are ours (Psalm 110:1, Psalm 47:2-3, Luke 10:19). The only way we can overcome this wicked world is through his blood, spirit and his word (1 John 4:4, Revelation 12:11, John 16:33, John 1:1-5).