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Who Does The Bible Say You Are In Christ?

Who Does The Bible Say You Are In Christ?

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Who Does The Bible Say You Are In Christ?
Tavish MisraHope Christian Church Believe GroupFriday, February 1, 2013
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new hascome!” -
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV84)
What does this Scripture mean? It means that the old sinful self is gone, and God hasmade us into a new creation, given us a new IDENTITY. This means from the momentwe become a member of the body of Christ, God defines who we are, not us, the world,or anything else.There are many scriptures in the Bible that affirm this identity in Christ, given to us byGod. So what does the Bible say who we are?
1. A Child of God
"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to becomechildren of God" - John 1:10-12 (NIV84)
Christ created the world but the people He created don't recognize him, and do not loveHim. But to us who accept Him as Lord of our lives we are reborn spiritually, receivingnew life from God. This new birth changes us totally, with new attitudes, desires, andmotives. Just as being born physically makes you physically alive and in your parents'family, being born of God makes you spiritually alive and a part of God's family.
2. Strong in the Lord
"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will  fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador inchains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." - Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV84)
Paul did not ask the Ephesians to pray that his chains were broken, but that he maycontinue to speak fearlessly for Christ in spite of them. God can use us in anycircumstance to do his will. Though we can pray for our circumstances to change, weshould also pray for God to be able to use us as we are.
 
3. Free from Condemnation
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" - Romans8:1 (NIV84)
Because God so loved us that He gave his one and only Son, we are declared not guilty by God, and are free to live in Him.
4 . The Light of the World
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:14(NIV84)
Christ is our light, when we live for Him, His light also shines through us. We shouldn'tlet sin, depression, anger, or a defeatist attitude dim His light in us. We need to be a beacon of truth and shine His light for the world to see!
5. Alive in Christ
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive withChrist even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." - Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV84)
We were once dead in sin and bondage, but now we are alive in Christ! We are no longer slaves to sin or its power because Jesus has freed us from it!
6. The righteousness of God
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become therighteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV84)
An exchange took place at the cross that day. Christ took our sin and in exchange for itHe gave us the righteousness of God. God's love is demonstrated in that He gave ussomething of infinite worth (His righteousness) for something that is completelyworthless (our sin).
 
7. A friend of Christ
"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I havemade known to you." - John 15:15 (NIV84)
God further demonstrates His love for us by calling us friends. He is still Lord andMaster and so we also owe Him our obedience, but only because He loves us.
8. Given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of  self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV84)
Paul urged Timothy to be bold, when we become fearful, our effectiveness for God isneutralized. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome fear so that we may continue todo His work.
9. Members Of A Chosen Race, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A People forGod's own possession
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging toGod, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into hiswonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." - 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV84)
People often base their self-concept on their accomplishments. But our relationship withGod is far more important than our jobs, success, wealth, or knowledge. We have beenchosen by God as His very own, and we have been called to represent Him to others.Your value comes from being one of God's children, not from what you can achieve.You have worth because of what God does, not because of what you do.
10. I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God in Christ, and I have beengiven the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come.
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of  your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised HolySpirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those whoare God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." - Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV84)
The Holy Spirit is God's guarantee that we belong to Him and that He will do what Hehas promised. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the authenticity of our 

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