Purpose Statement

My holy ambition is to bring glory to God through the study of His Word. I am passionate about the observation, interpretation and application of God's Word in our lives.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Our Identity in Jesus

I had a conversation a while back with a friend right after a major league football player committed suicide.  My friend, who is very knowledgeable about sports and played some himself, said that for many athletes their identity is solely as an athlete.  There is nothing else but the game, sport or event.  When they get into their last years and no longer in their heyday often depression, despair and even death can result. 

Tonight I worked on some counseling homework. I'm to discover in the Scripture the identity of a Christian in Jesus Christ.  Here's some of what I found:
  • Adopted
  • Forgiven
  • Saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ
  • Justified
  • A new creature
  • Led by the Spirit of God
  • Transformed by a renewed mind
  • Redeemed
  • Sealed by the Holy Spirit
  • Able to take every thought captive
  • Healed, worthy and capable because of Jesus Christ
  • Filled with laughter and rejoicing
  • Rooted and grounded in love
  • Holy and blameless
  • Chosen and Predestined
  • Seated with Christ in the heavenly places
  • The "far off " now brought near
  • An inheritance
  • Made alive while dead in sin
There are so many verses especially in Ephesians Chapters 1 to 3.  They are all such rich promises of God's grace.  I want to end with Ephesians 3: 20-21:  "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

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