Following up from “You are…” where I explored the different ways in which God reveals Himself to us in the Bible, now, we will look at what God says about those who live for and trust in Him. It is very important to know who we are in Christ. If we don’t, then we will never be all we can be, and do all we can do. For those of you who have not yet accepted Christ, hopefully this piece of writing will help you see what God wants you to be.

FRIEND

John 15:13-15 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

WORKMANSHIP

Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

HEIRS / JOINT HEIRS

Romans 8:16,17 – “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

Romans 8:35,37 – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

CHILDREN

1 John 3:1 – “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God!”

SONS

Galatians 4: 6 – “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son, into your hearts crying “Abba, Father!”

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, CHOSEN GENERATION, HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, PEOPLE OF GOD

1 Peter 2:9,10 – “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

VICTORS

1 Corinthians 15:57 – “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

OVERCOMERS

1 John 5:4,5 – “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the son of God.”

SOJOURNERS/PILGRIMS

1 Peter 2:11,12 – “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honourable…”

CITIZENS OF HEAVEN

Philippians 3:20 – “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly await for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

NEW CREATION

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”

SALT

Matthew 5:13 – “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

LIGHT

Matthew 5:14,15 – “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

BELOVED

Psalm 127:2 – “It is vain for you to rise up early,To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.”

ELECT OF GOD

Colossians 3:12, 13 – “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”STEWARDS

1 Peter 4:10 – “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

SOLDIERS

2 Timothy 2:3,4 – “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

VESSELS

2 Corinthians 4:6,7 – “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

BRANCHES

John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

THE TEMPLE OF GOD

1 Corinthians 3:16,17 – “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

THE REDEEMED

Psalm 107:2 – “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

1 Peter 1:17-19 – “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

GOD’S FELLOW WORKERS

1 Corinthians 3:8,9 – “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”

WATCHMEN

Ezekiel 33:1-6 – “Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”

EPISTLES OF CHRIST

2 Corinthians 3:3 – “clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

SHEEP

John 10:11,27-29 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

SLAVES

Romans 6:20-23 – “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

BONDSERVANTS

1 Peter 2:15,16 – “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.”

 

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