Hopefully after a few days of thinking about your identity in Christ through the gospel, you’ve come to understand the importance of spiritual transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. Who we are in Christ is just as important as what we do for Christ. Have you been “rehearsing” or “preaching” the gospel to yourself this week?
In my sermon, I shared with you a graphic or diagram of the Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and how we as believers are in fellowship with each Person of the Godhead. Our Christian identity is wrapped up in how we relate and interact with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Here is a comprehensive statement of our identity and relationship with God:
We are chosen, loved, and accepted by the Father, purchased, forgiven, and righteous in the Son, and indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit.
For today, let’s look at our relationship to God the Father.
Read the following verses:
1 Thessalonians 1:4-5
1 Peter 2:9
Without going into a deep theological discussion on the doctrine of predestination and election, what I really want you to understand, is that God has chosen us before the foundation of the world. God in eternity past planned our salvation and set His affection upon us.
In His holy majesty, the Father was in no way under any obligation to love us or to show us mercy. Because of Adam’s sin, we have all sinned and fall short of His glory and deserve nothing but eternal wrath in hell. Yet, God in his infinite grace chose to show us love and to set His heart upon us before the world was ever created.
But notice what He has chosen us to be? Holy and blameless! (Ephesians 1:4)That sure sounds like being conformed to the image of Christ doesn’t it! He has chosen us to live in the power of the gospel (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5) and he has chosen us to be declaring His excellencies and live for His glory (I Peter 2:9).
So God’s love in choosing us was to free us to become more and more like Christ through the influence of the gospel in our lives on a daily basis.
Read Deuteronomy 7:6-8
Why does the Lord love us? Because He simply loves us. There is nothing in us that makes God love us, but He chooses to based upon His good pleasure.
Charles Spurgeon so eloquently describes grace this way:“I have thought, if God had left me alone, and had not touched me by His grace, what a great sinner I should have been! I should have run to the utmost lengths of sin, dived into the very depths of evil, nor should I have stopped at any vice or folly, if God had not restrained me. I feel that I should have been a very king of sinners, if God had let me alone. I cannot understand the reason why I am saved, except upon the ground that God would have it so. I cannot, if I look ever so earnestly, discover any kind of reason in myself why I should be a partaker of Divine grace.”
Spend time praising God for choosing you before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless and set apart as His possession.
I am like Spurgeon. Why would you choose me? Why am I saved? I know that there is nothing in me that moved you to save me. It is simply your sovereign grace. Thank you for planning my salvation and for putting your love on me before the world was ever created. I don’t fully understand this but I give you glory for making me Your unique possession.