Monday, February 6, 2017

God says we are.......

Who do you think you are?  Those words are often used with sarcasm when there is a confrontation or difference of opinion.  We ask that question of someone who thinks he is better, stronger, richer, more handsome, or more everything than everyone else. 

Do you think Satan ever asks us that question?  After all, we who wear the name of Jesus and follow his way as a standard for our lives, sometimes stumble or stray.  It's usually a time like that where the devil likes to take advantage of our weakness.  He likes to mess with our thinking about who we really are.  He will even ask us, hoping we will claim to belong to Jesus, while also suffering through our blunders.

So let me ask, "Who do you think you are?"  Right now, at this moment, answer that question for yourself.  Be honest with yourself and with God when you make an answer.  Whatever answer you give,  let the scripture speak to this issue, and make us aware of how God looks at things.

According to Ephesians 1:5, "He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--"   So, in spite of my weak moments and the mistakes I keep on making, I am God's child according to the good pleasure of God's will.

Paul gives another picture of who we are in Ephesians 2:6, "For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus."

Here's a good one from Ephesians 1:3, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ."  Even Paul, the former persecutor of Christians, because of Jesus, can now praise God who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

From Peter, another New Testament writer, telling us we are partakers of God's promises in Christ. "Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."  2 Peter 1:4.

Read all of this one.  It's the icing on the cake.  This is who you are in Jesus Christ.  "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39


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