Colossians 1:2 (NKJV): To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you ever doubt your identity? Like "Who am I really?"
I don't know about you, but there are times that I find myself calling myself worthless or stupid. Or I hear that tiny little voice from "the accuser" in my head saying, "Who do you think you are?"
But then I read today's verse and realize that none of those thoughts line up with God's Word.
So, who does God say you are?
Paul gives you 3 things that you can call yourself:
Join today's short Bible study teaching to discover what each of these descriptions says about you.
Once you grab ahold of this Truth, your life will change.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, I want to talk about your identity in Christ.
We’ve just started our verse-by-verse study in the book of Colossians. Paul wrote a letter to the believers in Colossae helping them to clear up false teachings about who Jesus Christ really is. In Colossians chapter one verse two Paul addresses this letter, “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Now, within that one verse, you find 3 things identifying who you are as a follower of Christ. One, you’re a saint. Two, you’re faithful, and three, you are in Christ.
First, Paul says you are a saint. Many people misunderstand what this word really means. Remember, Paul is writing this letter to believers who are alive and kickin. In other words, they are not dead. You following me here? The Greek word Paul uses here is hagios, and it has nothing to do with how good you are. This word means “set apart from the world by God, to be exclusively His.” Think about that. The God of the universe chose you. He set you apart. And it’s NEVER based on what you’ve done. You are a saint because you simply believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul also describes you as “faithful,” meaning that you trust God’s promises and it also implies loyalty to Christ.
Paul also describes you as being in Christ. To be in Christ, means that you are united with Christ. You are connected to him. This expression conveys an intimacy and acceptance that I’m not sure we can truly wrap our human brains around. But Paul louses this expression and uses it many times in all of his letters, including 12 times here in Colossians alone, so we’ll look deeper into this as we move forward. But for now, know that God doesn’t see your imperfections. Rather, he sees the righteousness of His son upon you because you are in Him.
So, your Simple Truth for today: Your identity includes 3 words: saint, faithful, and in Christ. So, whenever you hear that voice of doubt in your head whispering “who do you think you are.” You just tell em, “God chose me and set me apart. I am a saint. I am faithful. And I am in Christ.”
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God bless you. I’ll see you soon.