Currently in church we are studying Colossians 2, and focusing on baptism. God gave us baptism to be a marker demonstrating that our identity is in Jesus Christ. Also, it is not an event that you repeat again and again.
For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
You were also circumcised in him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, when you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
During his message, the pastor gave us four simple “I am…” statements to help us understand a little more about who we are as believers in Christ. (You can listen to his message on this link when you click on the sermon entitled Baptism and Identity.)
In conclusion, we repeated each one at the minister’s request, to remind us who we are. When we repeat truth it helps us to remember.
I am family. (Now I am a part of God’s family).
I am a saint. (That does not mean I am perfect, but that Jesus redeemed me).
I am a citizen. (Not of an earthly kingdom but of God’s kingdom)
I am empowered. (Because the Holy Spirit now lives within me)
These four statements are short and easy to remember. They remind us of our place as family members in the kingdom of God.
He came and proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
REPEAT TRUTH TO COMBAT LIES
If you believe and are a part of the family of God, would you repeat these statements with me? Therefore, let’s affirm who we are in Christ and combat the lies.
- a saint.
- a citizen.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Would you pray with me now?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you have chosen us and made us a part of Your family. Help us to be strong in our faith as we trust in You. When the doubts come, remind us that we are your children. You are, in fact, our Daddy, always welcoming us with open arms affirming Your love. May we reach out and show that love to others.
In the name of Jesus,
I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday where the prompt word is repeat.