I want to talk about you.
Your identity in Christ.
Who you are as a human being, especially as one who believes in Jesus Christ.
Outside of Christ, you are still very special with great and unlimited potential, as you can see with all that humanity has accomplished to date.
But who are you in God. Let us talk about that.
I have read the Bible from cover to cover twice, and I have drawn the conclusion that the Bible reveals humanity more than it reveals God.
A book could not contain God anyway.
As a matter of fact, we can only know God by what is seen, according to the Bible. And the thing that bears the most value in the ‘seen realm’ is humanity.
How can you hate your brother who you cannot see, and love God who you cannot see? It is impossible.
So, God has revealed Himself to physical creation through humanity.
Man is a revelation of God.
So, the Bible was written not so much for you to know God, but for you to know who you are in God.
The Bible is about you.
It reveals who you are.
It speaks to your identity.
All the experiences the writers had can be yours. It speaks to what is possible.
You were God’s idea. If He wanted to make a god-like being when He made you, who are you to argue?
Why are we afraid to begin to embrace who we are?
You are made in the image and likeness of God.
You are born of God. You are God-born.
Here are some Scriptures that is talking about you:
Genesis 1:26-28 (MSG)
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
Genesis 5:24 (MSG)
Enoch walked steadily with God. And then one day he was simply gone: God took him.
2 Kings 2:11-14 (MSG)
And so it happened. They were walking along and talking. Suddenly a chariot and horses of fire came between them and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it all and shouted, “My father, my father! You—the chariot and cavalry of Israel!” When he could no longer see anything, he grabbed his robe and ripped it to pieces. Then he picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him, returned to the shore of the Jordan, and stood there. He took Elijah’s cloak—all that was left of Elijah!—and hit the river with it, saying, “Now where is the God of Elijah? Where is he?” When he struck the water, the river divided and Elisha walked through.
Exodus 33:17-19 (MSG)
God said to Moses: “All right. Just as you say; this also I will do, for I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please. Let me see your Glory.” God said, “I will make my Goodness pass right in front of you; I’ll call out the name, God, right before you. I’ll treat well whomever I want to treat well and I’ll be kind to whomever I want to be kind.”
Psalm 8:4-8 (MSG)
I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light. You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge, made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps.
Mark 16:16-20 (MSG) Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned. “These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well.” Then the Master Jesus, after briefing them, was taken up to heaven, and he sat down beside God in the place of honor. And the disciples went everywhere preaching, the Master working right with them, validating the Message with indisputable evidence.