We are chosen, loved, and accepted by the Father, purchased, forgiven, and righteous in the Son, and indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit. This is who we are! God has purposely planned in eternity past that we would be conformed to the image of Christ and He is working this out in our lives even at this moment. Yet, it may not “feel” like God is at work, but He is.
Read Philippians 2:12-13
This passage is somewhat of a paradox. We are called to put forth some responsibility in growing in our salvation. We must take the initiative to pursue Christ. That is what you are doing by reading your Bible and praying daily and spending time alone with God.
But yet left to ourselves, we would fail every time. We are weak, helpless, clueless, and in need of some major help. That is why there is verse 13. At the end of the day, any growth in grace, any transformation, any fruit, or any progress will be made because God has done it. He has worked in us to do His good pleasure.
So never forget the grace of God in your life and the call to rely upon Him for strength.
As we think about the Trinity for a moment, I want to show you two verses that express how the Trinity relates to us and how we relate to the Trinity. Again, we are asking the question: What truly is our identity?
Read 2 Corinthians 13:14
Do you see all three Persons of the Trinity in this passage? It isn’t in the order that we usually see it, but all Three are there.
The grace of Jesus the Son—remember, we’ve been purchased, forgiven, and righteous in the Son. We’ve experienced His grace and we continue to experience it on a daily basis.
The love of God the Father—we’ve been chosen, loved, and accepted by the Father. Continue to meditate upon His great love for us.
The fellowship of the Spirit—we’ve been indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit. We can have this unique fellowship with the Holy Spirit who lives in us and gives us the power and grace to grow in our likeness to Christ.
Read 1 Peter 1:2
Again, we see the Trinity in this passage, but in a little different order than we are used to.
First of all, there is the foreknowledge of God the Father. In other words, this is just Peter’s way of saying that in eternity past God set His electing love upon us and chose to save us through Jesus. We are chosen, loved, and accepted by the Father.
Secondly, there is the sanctification of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has set us apart to be holy and is working in our lives to empower us to grow more and more like Jesus. He is the One who is transforming us in our spiritual progress. We are indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit.
Thirdly, there is the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. Who are we in Christ? We are purchased (by His blood), forgiven (by His blood), and righteous (by His blood)! The cross stands at the center of all history as the ultimate defining event that frees us from sin and brings us into a right relationship with our Creator.
I pray that over the past few days you have drunk deeply from the fountain of God. I pray that you are excited about this journey of being conformed to the image of Christ. I pray that you have a clearer understanding of how we relate to each Person of the Trinity. I pray that thinking about our identity has energized your prayer life.
You know my heart and how much I desire to love you and live for you. I am weak, but ready to obey. I am not where I need to be, but I trust in your grace to get me there. I love you Father for your wonderful mercy. I love you Jesus for your amazing grace. I need you Holy Spirit as the only source of my growth and power. God, I submit myself to Your authority and want to live under Your Lordship. May everything I do be glorifying to you and may your name be famous because of my life of worship and service to You.
In Jesus’ name