Who Do You Think You Are?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love Hepredestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us inthe Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight. Ephesians 1:3-8
More than just a sinner?
Have you recently heard a christian announcing, “I’m just a sinner”? Well, this is not rare and actually is a very common habit amongst christians. But that is not true. That condition used to be all human being situation. But for christians, we have to respond to that like this:
“That’s what you used to be.”
A lot of folks cling to a view of themselves as a patched-up, slightly-better-than-before version of their old self. The Bible contradicts that opinion. In fact, according to Scripture, we’re dramatically different once we are complete in Christ.:
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come”.
The question is whether people will trust in what they feel or believe what God says about them. His Word calls us saints (Rom. 1:7), disciples (Matt. 28:19), and fellow heirs with Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:17). If your opinion is that you are “just a sinner,” then you cannot fully experience and enjoy your identity in Christ. You may not have yet understood what really means to be a christian.
We are to believe what God says
Believing what God says about our new self is a choice. Satan certainly conspires to convince believers that God’s Word doesn’t apply to them. He knows that people held captive by spiritual poverty back away from opportunities to share the gospel and serve the Lord’s kingdom. It’s much easier to spiritually bankrupt someone who already thinks of him or herself as “just a sinner” than it is to conquer a disciple who knows God is his loving Father.
How do you know who you really are?
Our true identity is defined not by our past actions but by the Savior’s. Jesus purchased our lives with His blood and brought us into relationship with God the Father, who adopted us as beloved children. We have every reason to hold our heads high, stand firm, and courageously proclaim the gospel.
We are in fact the ambassadors of a new generation of ex-sinners. We are no longer condemned to slavery to sin, but, since we have been set free, we no longer obey the desires of our earthly nature, but, instead, we bear the desires of the Spirit of God that inhabits in us.
Sinners are slaves, you are free!
We are free to serve God as we wish. To sin or not, it is just a matter of choice. We are free to choose to serve and obey God, the Bible and to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, that is what we really are! Not just sinners. That, we used to be before Christ came into our lives and changed all the picture.
No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
Now that you know, live by those standards, cultivate a more inspired, strong, faithful and saint life. You are free to chose and able to do so. Nobody can withold you, block you or prejudice you if you just believe and live it. You are not just a sinner, you are a Child of God. And as such, a heir of all things, protected and loved by your God. Free to praise him for all he has done for you an to proclaim his love to the world whose lives are still being lived as “just sinners”.
Happy new year!
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