Peculiar identity

By October 24, 2012 Sermon Notes

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God already knows why He created us, but do we?
The enemy attacks us because of our future … he knows how much God loves us
• Don’t allow “being dirty” cause distance between you and God. God processes the dirt to make clay, and with the clay of our lives He brings purpose

You see, people were trying to figure out who Jesus was, but Jesus knew who He was. In the book of John, he made several eye-opening statements about his identity.
1) John 6:35 NIV
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

2) John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

3) John 10:9,10 NIV
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

4) John 11:25-26 NIV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

5) John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus was constantly confessing WHO HE IS, WHAT HE IS, and HIS MISSION IN LIFE.
Before Jesus was arrested and crucified, He prayed a prayer for all believers, and at the end of this prayer, this is what He prays:
John 17:25-26 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
-Who did God make you to be? He made you to be like Christ.
-When you accept Christ as your Saviour and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life, you are spiritually transformed from a nobody to a somebody. Your spirit is made new, and you become a new creation in the sense that all that Christ is, is now in you.
-So, who do you think you are?

1) Acts 17:28 (NIV) For in him we live and move and have our being.”

When you become a Christian, your identity is completely wrapped up in Christ.
Who does God say you are in Christ?
You are accepted in Christ.
What does acceptance imply?
Recognition. In Christ we are recognized as one of God’s children.
How?
When we ask for and receive His forgiveness.

2) Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”

-Instead of standing before God with our record and how bad we’ve screwed up, we stand before God with Jesus’ record in all his perfection.
-We’ve been justified. It’s just as if you’d never sinned.

I am significant in Christ.
Every one of us here today craves significance. We want to matter; we desire our lives to have meaning and purpose beyond our day to day, hum-drum existence. We want to count for something and in somebody’s eyes.