The Power of Finding our Identity in Scripture (2 Cor 5:17)
- As humans we live our of our identity—our concept of who we are shapes our behaviour, decisions, attitudes and goals.
- Here is a selection from the New Testament that have the power to change us deeply if we make them ours.
Goal for today:
To align our identity with Scriptures
like 2 Cor 5:17:
“If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
- Hand out colored verse card to follow along with sermon
The Power of Finding our Identity in Scripture
- I Am Significant
- I Am Secure
- I Am Accepted
1. I Am Significant
1. I Am Significant
- I am no longer worthless, inadequate, helpless or hopeless. In Christ I am deeply significant and special. God says:
1 Cor 3:16–17 CSB
- Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s temple and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
- If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and that is what you are.
2 Cor 5:17–21 CSB
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
2 Cor 5:17–21 cont’d
- Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
- That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.
- Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”
- He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Ephesians 2:4–10 CSB
- But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us,
- made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
- He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
- so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4–10 cont’d
- For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift —
- not from works, so that no one can boast.
- For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Phil 4:12–13 CSB
- In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.
- I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
2. I Am Secure
2. I Am Secure
- I am no longer guilty, unprotected, alone or abandoned. In Christ I am totally secure. God says:
Romans 8:1–2 CSB
- Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,
- because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:28 CSB
- We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:31–39 CSB
- What, then, are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
- He did not even spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything?
- Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies.
- Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.
Romans 8:31–39 cont’d
- Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…
- No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
- For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
- nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Phil 3:20–21 CSB
- Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.
Colossians 3:2–4 CSB
- Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
- For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
- When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
2 Timothy 1:7 CSB
- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
Hebrews 4:14–5:1 CSB
- Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens — Jesus the Son of God — let us hold fast to our confession.
- For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.
- Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.
3. I Am Accepted
3.I Am Accepted
- I am no longer rejected, unloved or dirty. In Christ I am completely accepted. God says:
John 1:11–13 CSB
- But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name,
- who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of the will of God.
John 10:14–15 CSB
- “I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me,
- just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.
Romans 5:1–2 CSB
- Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:17–19 CSB
- He came and proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
- For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
- So, then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household,
Colossians 1:12–14 CSB
- giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.
- He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
- In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 2:9–14 CSB
- For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ,
- and you have been filled by him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.…
- when you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
- And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses.
- He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.
Ephesians 1:3–7 CSB
- Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ.
- For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him.
- He predestined us to be adopted as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
- to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.