Bible Study Lessons

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 Part 1The Incredible Good News of the Gospel 

Part 2

Experiencing the Power of the Gospel

 Part 3Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel 

Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)

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Who You Are in Christ

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II Cor 5  (v. 17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
 
Many christians are not living free and productive lives because they don't understand who they are and why they are here.  Who they are is rooted in their identity and position in Christ.  If they don't see themselves the way God sees them, to that degree they suffer from a false identity and poor sense of worth.[1] 
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I  Pet 2  (v. 9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

Your sense of worth is based on your identity in Christ and your growth in character, both of which are equally accessible to every christian.[2]

 

Eph 4  (v. 13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

 

It is not what you do as a christian that determines who you are; it is who you are that determines what you do.[3]

 

I  Jn 3  (v. 1) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 

Being a child of God who is alive and free in Christ should determine what we do.  Then we are working out our salvation (Phil 2:12), not for our salvation.[4]

 

I  Jn 3  (v. 2) Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

 

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Understanding your identity in Christ is essential for living the christian life.  People cannot consistently behave in ways that are inconsistent with the way they perceive themselves.[3]

 

Rom 8  (v. 16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (v. 17) and if children, then....heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ....

 

You change your perception of yourself by believing the truth.  If you perceive yourself wrongly, you will live wrongly because what you are believing is not true.  If you think you are a no-good bum, you will   probably live like a no-good bum.  If however, you see yourself as a child of God who is spiritually alive in Christ,

 you will begin to live accordingly.[3]

 

Gal 4  (v. 6) And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts.... (v. 7) Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

 

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 The major strategy of satan is to distort the character of God and the   truth of who we are....If however, he can get us to believe a lie, we   will live as though our identity in Christ isn’t true.[3]

 

I Cor 6  (v. 19) ....you are not your own.... (v. 20) For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

 

 ....your hope for growth, meaning and fulfillment as a christian is   based on understanding who you are, specifically: your identity “in   Christ” as a child of God.  Your understanding of who God is and who you are in relationship to Him is the critical   foundation for your belief system and your behavior patterns as a christian.[5]

Every time that I hear the song below (We Belong to You), I am constantly reminded of what the bible says: “....you are not your own....For you were bought at a price....”

 

We belong to you, Lord.  Your song flows through my lips.  Your work moves through my hands.  Your thoughts stay on my mind.  Live in me.[6]

 

When we belong to God, this is our confession:  Your words, my mouth.  Your thoughts, my mind.  Your love, my heart.  Here’s all of me.[6]      Listen to it for yourself!!

 

 

We Belong to You, Lord!   music video ref. [6]

Now that we realize there is a problem, we can begin the journey to discover what we can do about it.  The next webpage will start us moving in the right direction of finding out who we are in Christ.

 

References:

1. Neil Anderson, (2013). Victory over the darkness, p.43

2. Neil Anderson, (2013). Victory over the darkness, p.141

3. Neil Anderson, (2013). Victory over the darkness, p.47

4. Neil Anderson, (2013). Victory over the darkness, p.27

5. Neil Anderson, (2013). Victory over the darkness, p.24

6. Casey J. (Official Lyric video) “I’m Yours” Online video. YouTube, 10 July 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp7mh-5RuEg

Image #1: “M” words and the Christian woman, (n.d.). Who I am in Christ matters more. Retrieved from http://www.mwordsandthechristianwoman.com/young-women.html

Image #2: Christ our identity, (2014). But if you see yourself as a child of God who is spiritually alive in Christ, you will begin to live accordingly. Retrieved from https://www.slideshare.net/JanEgil/christ-our-identity-41474422

Image #3: The Vortex, (2017). Distorting the Truth. Retrieved from http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/06/13/the-vortex-distorting-the-truth-its-how-the-church-of-nice-makes-its-living/

 

 

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