In Christ

Who are you in Christ?

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Fortress, refuge, and strength.
Who are you?

Introduction

Ever wonder “Who are you?” More importantly, have you wondered what it means to have an identity as a Christ follower? Ephesians 1 and 2 can revolutionise our understanding of who we are in Christ. Why? Because it is the gospel! Spend this journey with me through Ephesians and other Scriptures to help you develop the habit of taking these truths from these chapters to heart and become who you have been called to be—bring the gospel to life! I challenge you to take every thought captive and test and see if you are thinking, feeling, and living in light of these truths!

The first three chapters of Ephesians are doctrinal (theory), while the last three are practical. Chapter 1 establishes Paul’s view on the value of our salvation in Christ, and the blessings we obtain from it. He does this in the form of praise, directed at God, and describing in detail what it means to have an inheritance in heaven. Later chapters will build on these ideas as Paul connects who we are in Christ to how we should live as Christians.

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Who you are in Christ

So, I guess you thought I would just drop a list and be done with this topic? This topic is far too deep and real to just drop a list and be done with it.

Don’t be discouraged. Don’t procrastinate. Remember the power you have been given in Christ and replace any untruths with these truths from Ephesians and be radically transformed by the renewing of your mind. Look forward to living the rest of your days in the truths of who you are in Christ.

He died that we might live.

Be who Christ has made you to be

Enjoy His life and His power and His righteousness and walk forward by faith in every spiritual blessing you have been given in Christ and bring glory to His name! Throughout the upcoming days, prayerfully meditate upon who you are and give thanks to the Lord. Imagine the lives of those around you who will be impacted as you fully receive every spiritual blessing you have been given.

Thank you, Lord, for all we have been given in Christ!

Praise Him!

You are Chosen

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love. Ephesians 1:4

God chose every person who believe in Him before He created anything. These words have tremendous implications regarding the wisdom and plan of God. His wisdom and power are so great that He knew the present, even from the beginning. Likewise, He knew the end before the start. God exists outside of time, and created time. He is the only being able to know all things because He created all things.

Paul also notes a few important applications of God choosing us to be His children. Because of God’s wisdom, power, and love, our proper response as His children is to live in obedience to Him. We are to be “holy,” a word meaning “set apart.” We are also to live in a way which is without blame, an important characteristic for all believers, especially church leaders (1 Timothy 3:2).

The reference to “love” is typically considered to be part of a new sentence, not the end of the previous one. The concept is better connected with the thought which continues in verse 5.

You are Predestined

“he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–“ Ephesians 1:5.

Paul continues to discuss the theme of predestination, connecting it to the themes of love and adoption. Because of His love, God chose in advance for us to become His children. Jesus came at just the right time for Paul’s readers to hear the gospel message and believe. When they did, they became members in God’s family. Though they were not Jews, they were adopted as sons through Jesus. (Romans 8:15, 23; 9:4; Galatians 4:5).

Paul also teaches why God chose believers to be His children. It was “according to the purpose of his will.” In an act of love and as part of His divine plan, God designed a way for all men and women, even those not part of the Jewish people.

We are equals, as brothers and sisters, in the family of God.

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Broken Hold (Christian Poem)

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This poem is written for anyone who struggles with condemnation. This poem is written for anyone who struggles with spiritual oppression. This poem is written for anyone who struggles with fear. We cannot fight against these forces on our own. But Jesus has and He has conquered all! Turn to Him! Put your faith in […]

Broken Hold (Christian Poem)

Published by Mitch Teemley

Author: T. R. Noble

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Poem

This poem is written for anyone who struggles with condemnation. This poem is written for anyone who struggles with spiritual oppression. This poem is written for anyone who struggles with fear. We cannot fight against these forces on our own. But Jesus has and He has conquered all! Turn to Him! Put your faith in what Jesus has done with His atonement sacrifice on the cross. Repent from sin! This is not our battle alone, but one for the King, and HE HAS WON!

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Even when I feel attacked and alone,

I know there’s a narrow path.

He holds me in place, you see.

Because only in Him is life in eternity.

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So often I can hear the whispers

Condemning me

Pointing fingers

Telling me where I fall short.

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The accusations are correct.

But there is a deception amidst.

I feel constricted under

The hold of darkness.

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But then something breaks forth

Against the weakness and fear.

My Almighty Savior is steady

And I trust He is near.

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His name is Jesus, the Christ.

He took my place instead.

Anointed One, Messiah.

On the cross, He cried out, “Abba!”

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The wages of my sin

I could not pay the price.

But Jesus knew all of this

And He became the atonement sacrifice.

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So, when I feel the darkness.

When the whispering lies swarm.

I pray against the darkness

And I see His truth conform.

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Me.

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I am different.

I am not condemned.

Because of the blood of the Savior.

For He died because we sinned.

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He is bigger than the demons.

His truth is narrowly paved.

He is the living Water and Bread.

He destroyed the grave.

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Darkness has no power over Him.

They can’t touch His presence.

So when I’m hurting and afraid, I’ll cry out.

“Jesus is my defense!”

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“He is my shelter!

He is my refuge!”

Only in Him can I rest

Because the protection of the Savior is huge.

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I am not in this alone.

He is the Door, the narrow way.

The path of life is Christ.

And in Christ alone I am okay!

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So, when the accusations

The lies, and fear surround.

I’ll turn and praise my Savior.

In Christ, I stand on solid ground.

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More than conquerors

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No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37‭-‬39

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