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God’s Identity Is Yours! Pt2

Words of Faith:

Becky and Rob Granger

“But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.” (1 John 3:2-3, MSG)
Stop and think about what this passage is saying for a moment. “We are God’s children right now.” If a total stranger came up to you, with a family; children you’ve never seen before, or didn’t know, would you call them your children? Of course not. They are someone’s children, but when we refer to children as our children, it’s personal.
The New Testament gives us further insight into God’s thinking: “I will be a true Father to you, and you will be my beloved sons and daughters,” – says the Lord Yahweh Almighty.” (1 Corinthians 6:18, TPT). We often hear people say, “We are all God’s children.” Certainly, we are all made by God, but that doesn’t distinguish relationship. One day, “…all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11, MSG).
God’s love for us is personal. He desires a relationship with each human being. It doesn’t strain His mind one iota, or tax His memory in the slightest, to know or remember every thought, every action, every word, past, present and future of every person since Adam. Every action, that is, except those washed in the blood of Jesus.
In exchange for our lives, He gives us sonship (Galatians 4:7) and so much more: In Christ, we have an inheritance (Hebrews 9:12), we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3), we have been chosen (Ephesians 1:4), we are accepted (Ephesians 1:6), we have the strength of God (Ephesians 6:10), we have the peace of God (Philippians 4:7), we’ve been delivered from darkness (Colossians 1:13), and we have been redeemed by His blood (Colossians 1:14).
If that wasn’t enough, we have complete forgiveness of sins – no matter how bad or how often our sinfulness (Colossians 1:14). It is important to understand that we must put sinful ways aside and walk with Christ. Though we will undoubtedly stumble along the way, God is very patient with us, just as a loving Father should be; eager to teach and nurture us into full-grown believers. This is why He gave us His Holy Spirit, to teach and guide us.
This is God’s plan – to raise a family that is free, to live a peaceful life, to give us an inheritance; to cause us to rule over the enemy’s attempts to manipulate and control us. The love Jesus showed for each of us, He wants us to extend to others, that we might help Him expand His family. As a believer, you are God’s child. You have His identity!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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