Sunday, January 03, 2016

The Masterpiece. Identity. I'm in Christ

Delbert Enns pastor
4 months of Ephesians coming up. Don't miss it.
We all have messiness in our lives to work through. We wish we could change things.
Life's circumstances define us. There are people you look up to. There are others that impact you profoundly negatively. There are good teachers and bah teachers. There is goodness and evil all around us.
Who is important to you? Jesus grandma. There are great people alive today. The greatest is. .. Who is the second greatest? Adam. Created perfect by God. 1 Corinthians 15
Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive.
Do we live in Adam or in Christ?
Read the 6 chapters of Ephesians. Speak the truth in love like Christ the HEAD of the CHURCH. Just as death came through one man LIFE came through one MAN, JESUS.
How can we take on the identity of Christ? Only through the atoning death of the crucified and risen Christ. "IN CHRIST" appears more than 200 times.
I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. I am sending this letter to you, God's people in Ephesus. Because you belong to Christ Jesus, you are faithful.  May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.  Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Those blessings come from the heavenly world. They belong to us because we belong to Christ.  God chose us to belong to Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us. So he decided long ago to adopt us as his children. He did it because of what Jesus Christ has done. It pleased God to do it. All those things bring praise to his glorious grace. God freely gave us his grace because of the One he loves.
When we are attached to the tree (Christ) we will grow.

Some people are raised in a shame environment. Good activity made me feel loved. In 1997 started fasting and praying for 40 days to find deeper relationship with Jesus and get rid of my spirit of self sufficiency. Being a husband or businessman is activity that leads to identity idolatry. People get disillusioned when things don't work as per our dreams. Challenge your children to remember that God's identity is stamped on them. To elevate our children we create identity idolatry in them.
Paul understood that his identity was in Christ. He challenged everyone to be faithful followers of Christ.
Trust Christ and his faithfulness in this New Year!
John 10:10 Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life.

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