Our identity in Christ Talk
This week we are pouring into you but next week we will ask you to give your life away and pour into others.
But if you don’t get this then you will never do that.
What happens when we trust in Christ’s righteousness to cover us instead of our own righteousness?
- Where you were and where you are now
You are a new person in Christ and as you grow and mature in this understanding, you will experience a progressive revelation of God’s Grace, Goodness and mercy
- An explanation of what happened to you.
Before the Fall, adam and eve were:
Able not to sin
Then they were not able to not sin
Able not to sin
Not able to sin -Augustine
The already and not yet
Propitiation: Christ died in our place –the death we deserved he did for us
Expiation: He took our sins away.
- Encoruagement from scripture.
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has past, behold, the new has come.
You are not a 1990’s beat up chevy with a car wash but you are a new F150
If you see yourself as anything less than a beloved new creation then you are not believing the truth about you. Example of jesse
John 10:10 The abundant life does not come when we get to heaven, we can experience it right now!
Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
1 john 5:11
Ephesians 2:12 -21
3:1 for this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles
Colossians 2: 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Romans 3:10 as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE ; 11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD ; 12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS ; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
Romans 4:7 “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. 8 “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.
Romans 5: 1-19
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour
We have to train our minds to listen to the Lord and meditate on His word and treasure it in our hearts.
The day we stand before Christ, is going to be a day of celebration a day to long for not a day to be dreaded. Maranatha: Come quickly Lord Jesus
A Christian, in terms of his or her deepest identity, is a saint, a spiritually Born child of God, a divine masterpiece, a child of light, a citizen of heaven.
Can’t buy or earn US citizenship. It is just granted upon birth. Similarly, these traits are guaranteed to you by the Word of God simply because you were born into God’s holy nation by faith in Christ.
Next to a knowledge of God, a knowledge of who you are is by far the most important truth you can possess. For me this has life changing.
As believers, we are not trying to become saints, we are saints who are becoming like Christ.
-Josh Mcdowell quotes “A healthy self-image is seeing yourself as God sees you-no more no less.
Romans 8:1 there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus -Pray that God would help you truly believe that.
2 Peter 1:3-His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. List some of the things that are true of you now:
In light of all that you have just heard, how does 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 relate to living a legacy of Christ in your fraternity or sorority?