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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Perspective


Christian,

Here are some things that define you more than your current relationship status, your job performance, your CV, your genetics, your appearance, your health, your past, your successes, your failures and pretty much everything else.

Hurray!

- you are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
- you are a child of God (1 John 1:3)
- you are no longer a slave (Galatians 4:7)
- the most authoritative being in the Universe sets you free: you are free indeed (John 8:36) 
- you have the Spirit of the Son in your heart (Galatians 4:6)
- in fact, you are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
- you are a friend of Jesus (John 15:15)
- you are a sibling of Jesus, and he's glad about it (Hebrews 2:11)
- your life IS Christ (Colossians 3:4) 
- you are no longer darkness but light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8) 
- you are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you (Romans 8:37)
- you are a true descendent of Abraham (Galatians 3:7)
- you are completely forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
- as in, your sins will NEVER be counted against you (Romans 4:7-8)
 - you were a lost sheep, and the Creator of the world rejoiced to see you found (Luke 15:7)
 - your Shepherd laid down his life for you (John 10:11)
- you have been ransomed by the most precious treasure there is (1 Peter 1:19)
- you have a perfect mediator (Hebrews 12:24)
 - you are kept by the One who died in your place (Jude 1)
 - you are loved by Him (Revelation 1:5)
- you are beloved in God the Father (Jude 1) 
- infact, he has lavished you with love (1 John 3:1)
 - you are royal (1 Peter 2:9)
- and you are part of a priesthood (Revelation 1:6, 1 Peter 2:9)
- and you belong to God (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)
- you are chosen ( 1 Peter 2:1)
- more than that, you were chosen before time began (Ephesians 1:4)
 - you live because Another died in your place  (1 Corinthians 15:3)
- and now you are the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- you are God's masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)
- you have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works God prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10)
- you are a disciple and a disciple maker (Matthew 28:19)
- you are called because of God's purpose and grace (2 Timothy 1:9)
- you have an imperishable, undefiled and unfailing inheritance (1 Peter 1:4)
- your beauty is desired by the King of kings (Psalm 45:11)
- you are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
- your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
- you are united to someone who abolished death (2 Timothy 1:10)
- as such, you no longer live in fear of death (Hebrews 2:15)
- you are being prepared for an almighty and incomparable weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17)
- you will appear with Christ in glory (Colossians 3:4)
 - you will bear the image of Christ as you have borne the image of Adam (1 Corinthians 15:49)
- whatever your current status in life, it is not permanent. But something permanent is coming, and it will be splendid:

"Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendour..."
Ephesians 5:25-27

#perspective


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