Recently, I’ve started using a study Bible as I’ve read and studied Scripture. The notes, maps, and charts have greatly added to my understanding of what I’ve read. There have been a number of times where I haven’t understood a particular word or verse, but when I’ve gone down the page to the study note, I’ve snapped my fingers and said, ‘Oh, that’s what it means.’ So, they’ve been very helpful.
I read this morning’s devotion earlier and knew immediately I wanted to reference one of the charts I had seen in my study Bible. I didn’t remember anything about it except that I thought it would be a handy reference for this post, and it had something to do with identity. I thumbed through every page of the Gospels and saw only one chart that might have been what I was looking for, but I wasn’t sure. I thought about what to do next. I guess I could have thumbed through the rest of the New Testament or used the one chart I had found, but I was certain there was something better. Finally, I got the idea to check near the Scriptures that were referenced in the devotion. I found it! Near Ephesians 2. The title of the chart is the same as the title of this post, and I’m looking forward to writing about what some of these verses mean to me and compiling the information itself so I, along with all of you, will have it to reference.
So, our true identity in Christ. I’ve read all of these verses as I’m sure you have, but I’ve never seen them in one place, the verse references with simple, easy to understand explanations. (Yes, I need simple and easy to understand. 🙂 ) Quoted from pg. 1983 of the NIV Life Application Study Bible.
Romans 3:24 – We are justified (declared “not guilty” of sin).
Romans 8:1 – No condemnation awaits us.
Romans 8:2 – We are set free from the law of sin that leads to death.
1 Corinthians 1:2 – We are sanctified (made holy) and made acceptable in Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:30 – We are righteous and holy in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:22 – We will be made alive at the resurrection.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – We are new creatures.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – We receive God’s righteousness.
Galatians 3:28 – We are one in Christ with all other believers.
Ephesians 1:3 – We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Ephesians 1:4 – We are holy and blameless.
Ephesians 1:5-6 – We are adopted as God’s children.
Ephesians 1:7 – Our sins are taken away, and we are forgiven.
Ephesians 1:10-11 – We will be brought under Christ’s authority.
Ephesians 1:13 – We are identified as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 2:6 – We have been raised up to sit with Christ in glory.
Ephesians 2:10 – We are God’s work of art.
Ephesians 2:13 – We have been brought near to God.
Ephesians 3:6 – We share in the promise of blessings through Christ.
Ephesians 3:12 – We can come with freedom and confidence into God’s presence.
Ephesians 5:29-30 – We are members of Christ’s body, the church.
Colossians 2:10 – We are made complete in Christ.
Colossians 2:11 – We are set free from our sinful nature.
2 Timothy 2:10 – We will have eternal glory.
I especially like Ephesians 1:5-6 which references how we are adopted as God’s children and Ephesians 2:10 which is the verse directly after the two verses on the header of this blog. Here is a quote of this verse. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God’s handiwork, or even better, from the explanation on the chart, “God’s work of art.” I look at those words and think of a painting or a drawing or even a statue. God thinks of us like these amazing things we see in museums or hang in our homes, but with the capacity to change and become even better.
Can you imagine what would happen if we, who are believers, actually acted like we are worthy to have God in our lives? To come into His presence with freedom and confidence? To know without a doubt that we are forgiven of our sins because of what Jesus did for us on the cross? I don’t know about you, but those thoughts bring a lightness to my step and an excitement to my outlook. It reminds me of how I felt when I first accepted Christ. Nothing was old; everything was new. I was having a renewal that God wishes for all of us as we seek to bring more people into His kingdom.
And now, for the final exercise that was in today’s devotional entry. I am significant because God loves me enough to send His Son to die on a cross for me! This impacts my life because I am His handiwork; I am complete in Christ; and I am set free from my sinful nature! All reasons for me to be brave as I seek to have a heart like His!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!