IN CHRIST: I AM A SAINT AND SERVANT OF JESUS
God is: our Lord and Master
We: have been bought back from sin and death (redeemed) by Him, belong to Him, have been set apart by Him, and follow His leading in all things
Key Question: Who do you belong to?
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises, of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons (Philippians 1:1).
Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35)
But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45).
IN CHRIST: I AM AN ALIEN IN THIS WORLD AND A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN
God is: King
The world is: not yet fully His kingdom under His kingship
We are: beholden to a king whose kingdom is not only of this world
Key Question: How do you view yourself in relation to the world around you?
David Livingston: “I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.”
Martin Lloyd-Jones: “It is a kingdom which is to come, yes. But it is also a kingdom which has come. “The kingdom of God is among you” and “within you.” The kingdom of God is in every true Christian. He reigns in the Church when she acknowledges Him truly. The kingdom has come, the kingdom is coming, the kingdom is yet to come. Now we must always bear that in mind. Whenever Christ is enthroned as King, the kingdom of God is come, so that, while we cannot say that He is ruling over all in the world at the present time, He is certainly ruling in that way in the hearts and lives of all His people.”
George Eldon Ladd: “As the messiahship of Christ involved two phases, a coming in humility to suffer and die, and a coming in power and glory to reign, so the kingdom is to be manifested in two realms: the present realm of righteousness or salvation when men may accept or reject the kingdom, and the future realm when the powers of the kingdom shall be manifested in visible glory. The former was inaugurated in insignificant beginnings without outward display, and those who accept it are to live intermingled with those who reject it until the consummation. Then the kingdom will be disclosed in a mighty manifestation of power and glory. God’s kingdom will come; and the ultimate state will witness the perfect realization of the will of God everywhere and forever.”
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The Final Format
Here is the final format that I just turned in to the tech team to make the powerpoint and handouts. I preached it a couple of weeks ago:
Who am I in Christ? 4 Essential Realities that Change Everything
1. In an Eternal Family, as God’s Child.
2. In a Personal Relationship, as God’s Possession.
3. In a Spiritual Kingdom, as a New Citizen.
4. In a New Role, as Christ’s Ambassador.
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