Below are twenty-six, beautiful truths about every single born-again Christian. See if you can notice the particularly pivotal pattern weaved throughout them all.
We are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).
We were first loved by God (1 John 4:19).
We were chosen by God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
We are justified freely by God’s grace (Romans 3:24).
We are saved from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9).
We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
We are made righteous by Christ’s obedience (Romans 5:19).
We are no longer condemned in Christ (Romans 8:1).
We are no longer God’s enemy (Romans 8:31).
We are reconciled back to God (Romans 5:10).
We are at peace with God through Christ (Romans 5:1).
We are not under the law but under God’s grace (Romans 6:14).
We are set free by God from sin and death (Romans 8:2).
We are slaves of God’s righteousness (Romans 6:18).
We are God’s holy temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
We are made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
We are adopted by God (Romans 8:15).
We are rejoiced over by God (Zephaniah 3:17).
We are members of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27).
We are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
We are comforted by God in our affliction (2 Corinthians 1:4).
We are the salt of the earth and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14).
We are more than conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:37).
We are victorious over sin and death through Christ (1 Corinthians 15:56-57).
We are being transformed into God’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Perhaps you noticed the incredible hope we have. Maybe you spotted how precious we are to God. Or you could have detected the supernatural life we’ve been given. And every one of these glorious, life-altering truths and patterns are a reality for those of us who are in Christ. But the pattern I want to draw your attention to is actually a pattern that doubles as a prescription to the selfish condition of human beings. Let’s begin with the pattern.
The amazing pattern that underscores and supports every single one of these truths (and there are more!) is this: God is the single, decisive actor in all of them. God is the One who makes all of these truths a reality for us. He’s the reason these truths even exist! Woven throughout Scripture is the thematic truth that proclaims this: “we are… because He is God! The only reason we are these things is because of God’s saving plan for us through Jesus Christ. Our Christian identity is placed on the solid foundation of God’s perfect work. We are by God, for God, through God, in God, and with God only because of God. It’s imperative to know how we came to be exactly who we are. We are because Jesus graciously made a way for us to be. This is the pattern of the gospel. Because of God, we are…
Undeniably, however, Christians still face a potential danger in proclaiming truths about ourselves. Why? Because we are speaking about ourselves. And as fallen human beings, we know too well that our heart’s focus is prone to drift from God to ourselves. You give us just one inkling of a reason to be selfish and we dive for it. Yet this is why the pattern found above is so uniquely capable to keep us from selfishness in considering our own identity. The very truths that could be used to focus our identity on ourselves are all foundationally rooted in God’s work. Remembering that we are who we are today only because of God’s love is of utmost importance.
There are numerous truths regarding our identity, but one, singular truth causes them all to be a reality, namely, that God brought them to fruition. Each promise concerning our very being from the Lord is intentionally and profoundly glorious. Don’t miss out on the full joy to be found in praising the One who caused them to become a reality. Therefore, when you read truths such as the ones above, pray earnestly that He must increase and you must decrease (John 3:30).