Who are you?

Who are you?

Really, who do you think you are? What story is shaping your identity?

Here is a post from Relevant Magazine from Gheric Speiginer that ask that very question. Read, reflect and live in the ways of Jesus.

“A scandalous event took place on a cross 2000 years ago. When God looked down at Jesus hanging on that cross, He chose to see you instead. Your sin, your faults, and ALL of your nastiness. When Jesus took YOUR spot on that cross, He became sin itself on behalf of the entire world, and paid the penalty in YOUR stead.

Because of this, when God looks at you today He no longer sees your sin, your faults, or your failures.

All of those things died along with Jesus, and God chooses to intentionally “forget” them. This “selective amnesia” includes all of your past, present, and future sins. He wipes them out as if they never existed. They are “dead” to Him.

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” Isaiah 43:25′

In a very real sense, when God looks at you, he doesn’t even see “you”. At least not the “old you”. The old you that is a sinful, wicked, evil, adulterous, blasphemous idolator. That is your old nature, and that “you” also died on the cross along with Jesus.

“For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

So what does God see then when he looks at you?

He sees the new “you” that was resurrected in Christ Jesus. He sees the perfection of his Son, and the finished work of the cross.

This is who God says you are in Christ, in the present tense:

You are Faithful. (Ephesians 1:1)
You are a child of God. (John 1:12)
You have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
You are born of God and the evil one cannot touch you (1 John 5:18)
You are chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
You are forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)
You are Holy and Blameless. (Ephesians 1:4)
You have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)
You have hope (Ephesians 1:12)
You are salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)
You are raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12)
You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
You have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
You are a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)
You can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
You can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ’s love
is (Ephesians 3:18)
You can be humble, gentle, patient and lovingly tolerant of
others (Ephesians 4:2)
You can be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32)
You can forgive others (Ephesians 4:32)
You can understand what God’s will is (Ephesians 5:17)
You are dead to sin (Romans 1:12)
You are not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
You are not in want (Philippians 4:19)
You possess the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16)
You are promised eternal life (John 6:47)
You are victorious (I John 5:4)
You are set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
You are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
You are safe (I John 5:18)
You are healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)
You are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2)
You are born again (I Peter 1:23)
You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
You are qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12)
You are a part of the family of God (Ephesians 2:19)

That’s barely scratching the surface. So who do you think you are?

God has made you a new creation with a new identity. He has made Jesus the source of your new identity. He did this because He loves you. There is absolutely nothing you can do to make God love you more, and absolutely nothing you can do to make God love you less. (And there is nothing you can do to change the way God sees you, even your disbelief).

That is the essence of the great exchange. He has exchanged your filthy rags for white robes of righteousness. He has always been for you, and never against you. He has given you a clean slate, and his mercies renew every morning.

It’s almost too good to be true. That’s why it’s called the Gospel (the Good News). His Grace is truly scandalous.”

By Gheric Speiginer

Read more at Relevant Magazine.

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