After all these years serving the Lord Jesus Christ I often struggle with this following lesson. I will only give you the first part this time and will follow up in a day or two with another part. I hope that you will read it and realize just who you are in Christ Jesus. So often I struggle to be accepted when in Jesus I am already accepted. Corrie Ten Boom wrote a book that summed up my problem and something I desperately need to learn; the book was entitled Don’t Wrestle just Nestle! or in others we can quit struggling and just accept what He has done for us. I am already! I was saved by grace because I am so undeserving and I have to live by grace because it is all of Him!
Read the following and pray over it. Check out every Bible verse and meditate on it! God has already made you and as a born again Christian a true child of God what you seek is already a reality. I need this lesson more than anyone and I need to be reminded so read the Word of God and enjoy!
II Corinthians 5:17
In order to become who you ought to be as a Christian you must realize who you already are in Christ Jesus. What you will learn in this lesson is not something we hope for but already true from the moment you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.
The moment you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and gave your life to Him some wonderful things took place in your life. Things that changed in you and about you that you can not even understand yet. As you find out what His work of Grace did in your life you will be astonished that He has already done so much in you.
I. My relationship to God! The moment you got saved, were born again, became a part of His family, or really became a Christian the following truths became real for you and in your life.
a. You became a child of God. All are the creation of God but you must be made a child of God by an act
of the will of God
i. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them
that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the
will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13
ii. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
b. You became a friend of Jesus.
i. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have
called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
ii. Although you will â€œfearâ€ or have reverential respect for God you realize that He desires an
intimate personal relationship with you not as a slave but as a friend. One who will voluntarily
surrender and give all to Him.
c. You were sealed and made eternally secure
i. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
ii. You have a salvation that is secure. There is no fear that you will lose your salvation or that it can be taken from you. You have been sealed and the earnest payment has been made. He has given you His Holy Spirit. You are not going to get eternal lifeâ€”you already have it. There need be no insecurity or fear on your part. You are His and you will never ever be separated from Him.
d. You can now truly say that you belong to Him
i. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20
ii. He wants you to realize that you belong to Him because He paid a great price to get you, This is not a cheap relationship or salvation. You didnâ€™t go looking for Himâ€”He came to find you and paid a price to get you.
e. You became a member of His body
i. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1 Corinthians 12:27
ii. In salvation you did not only get forgiveness but He made you a part of His body. â€œYou are In Christ.â€
f. You are now His workmanship
i. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
ii. Do you realize that He is the one that made you what you are? He saved you. He gave you eternal life. He made you a new creature. You are His workmanship. You belong to him.