“God loves you. You are His. You Are A Chosen People. Redeemed. Forgiven. Loved. Blessed. Strong. Victorious. Called. Accepted. Conqueror. Set Free and Healed. Hallelujah. Thank You Jesus!”-Leticia J. Santa Cruz
If you have ever felt lost, without a true sense of purpose in life, then I want to talk to you today. Did you know that some people go most, or all of their life, searching for the answers as to who they are and why they even live at all, but never solve them? Well, in this article you will find the true answers, and they come directly from God, your Creator. He has left us the blueprint for living life. His Word is The Holy Bible.
So if you are wondering who you are and why you are here living life, look no further because we will be going over all of these verses found here in the picture above, that give us a detailed understanding about who we are in the eyes of our Maker–God.
These are 20 true answers that tell us who we truly are. Don’t feel lost or discouraged anymore about your identity because God is speaking to you directly. I added verses around the one verse that is in the picture, so that we can read in context what God is teaching us.
The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example—1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 (ESV): 2 ‘We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.‘
God has chosen us as a nation. He has chosen us to become part of His family in Heaven. You are chosen by The Most Divine King. The Ruler of all. The King of kings and the LORD of hosts. No one will ever take His place. We are individually chosen. His love is vast and you will never be able to measure exactly how much He really loves you. It is of endless proportions and incomprehensible to our human mind.
Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel—2 Timothy 1:6-10 (NIV): 6 ‘For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.‘
A holy life does not necessarily mean one of sinless perfection. First and foremost, it means to be dedicated to the Lord-set apart for His purposes. God wants us to be motivated to faithfully honor and serve Him only. With all of our hearts, we should be giving our time to the Lord and be living an upright honest lifestyle. One that brings Him glory and that fulfills your mission in life through Jesus. We are called by God, for He has saved us from the burning gates of Hell. Use your life and your time wisely. This life can be gone in an instant. Praise God in all of your ways and let go of the life consumed by selfish ambition. This will not bring honor and glory to His name.
The Glory of the New Covenant—2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT): 16 ‘But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.‘
There are many things we cannot see even when the veil is removed. Many things remain vague and hidden to our understanding. But one thing we can clearly see is that righteousness is by faith in Christ. With the spiritual veil removed, we can see that the old covenant has been superseded by the new and that Christ fulfills the law. When we will finally be in God’s presence, we will be forever changed into his image.
We Are God’s Ambassadors—2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (NLT): 16 ‘So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.’
As a believer in Jesus, you’re not only getting something new, you are something new. You are a brand new creation! Your eternal being, or the spirit on the inside of you, is recreated in Christ. The old is gone, and the new has come. We belong to Christ now. This means we have passed from being our old selves and put on a new self in Jesus. Now we need to retrain our body and mind to act, think, speak, and live according to the new spirit within us.
Avoiding Sexual Sin—1 Corinthians 6:16-20 (NLT): 16 ‘And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.’
In a spiritual sense, sexual immorality is not worse than other sins. They are all considered the same, as the price to pay for all sin is death. Here, the apostle Paul says that this is a great sin and no other sin so clearly affects the body as sexual sin. This is because our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is to remain clean, pure, and undefiled in order for us to come in connection with the Lord. Our body was made by God, not to sin with it, but to bring Him all the glory. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrificial price for us all to be washed clean from sin. He gave up His life to save ours. Let us not destroy ourselves by living in the pleasures of sin, instead, let’s deny our carnal ways and look not for earthly desires, but to walk with God in all our ways.
Redemption in Christ—Ephesians 1:7-10 (NKJV): 7 ‘In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.’
Sin is an act against the Good Lord. The punishment for sin is death. When blood, signifying life, is poured out, it signifies that a life has been given up. In the Old Testament, the deaths of animals fulfilled this standard of justice. In the New Testament, Jesus’ blood paid the punishment for sin, satisfying God’s justice so we could be forgiven.
Law or Faith—Galatians 3:12-14 (GNT): 12 ‘But the Law has nothing to do with faith. Instead, as the scripture says, “Whoever does everything the Law requires will live.” 13 But by becoming a curse for us Christ has redeemed us from the curse that the Law brings; for the scripture says, “Anyone who is hanged on a tree is under God’s curse.” 14 Christ did this in order that the blessing which God promised to Abraham might be given to the Gentiles by means of Christ Jesus, so that through faith we might receive the Spirit promised by God.’
When God’s law was broken, it imposed a curse-the judgment of God: the wages of sin is death. And when Jesus died on the cross, it was a sign of someone who was cursed. More than that, it was a sign that Jesus had received God’s punishment for our sin. We are now redeemed by the curse of the law through our faith in Jesus.
Faith or Works of the Law—Galatians 3:6-10 (ASV): 6 ‘Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. 7 Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, [j]In thee shall all the nations be blessed. 9 So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.’
Many people today are looking for ways to be righteous or to be in good standing with God. The Bible simply says that when we believe God, that faith is credited to us as righteousness. The proof of our faith in Him is found in our actions. The way we live our lives day to day need to match up with what we profess about our faith in God and Jesus, His Son. Faith without the work is dead. We need to exercise our faith. Doing so will bring blessings to our lives. It is hard letting go of the old life you used to live, but by embracing by faith what God has bestowed for your life, know that He is leading you down paths of righteousness for His name’s sake!
Blessings for Obedience—Deuteronomy 28:12-13 (ESV): 12 ‘The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail,
Doing good so that God will do good to us is not the motivation Jesus is looking for from His followers. The God of the new covenant still blesses faithfulness, and righteous living still has its own rewards, but God does not promise good stuff in return for good works. He wants us to serve Him only and not turn to other gods.
Blessings for Obedience—Deuteronomy 28:13-14 (ESV): ‘…and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, 14 and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.‘
If we do what we are called to do and keep God commands, the Lord will help us righteously. But remember also that Jesus repeatedly taught that his followers that they would suffer loss and would be falsely accused, suffering for doing good, just as Jesus had. Let us obey and become leaders for the Lord’s Kingdom and not followers of the world. Let us go up with our Heavenly Father and not down with the lost and the Devil who dwells below.
The Woman and the Dragon—Revelation 12:9-12 (NIV): 9 ‘The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”’
There are too many Christians today walking around feeling guilty and condemned. This is not a good mindset to have when Jesus paid it all. We should be grateful and happy for this gift of salvation and freedom from the ultimate death penalty of Hell. We know that we are sinners, but through the blood of the Lamb who triumphed on the cross and resurrected back to life, we are vindicated! Do not let the Serpent have his way in your life. Accept God’s gift of abundant life and let go of depression and chains of the Dragon. Plead the blood of Jesus and demons scurry with fear!
Freedom From Sin—John 8:31-38 (NCV): 31 ‘So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my followers. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered, “We are Abraham’s children, and we have never been anyone’s slaves. So why do you say we will be free?” 34 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, everyone who lives in sin is a slave to sin. 35 A slave does not stay with a family forever, but a son belongs to the family forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free. 37 I know you are Abraham’s children, but you want to kill me because you don’t accept my teaching. 38 I am telling you what my Father has shown me, but you do what your father has told you.”’
Embrace the freedom that Jesus paid for. You are set free from the enslavement and any bondage of sin, fear, lack, sickness, worry, and cares. Jesus has set you free! Speak truth and do not lie for the truth will always set you free. Keep Jesus’ teachings in your heart and live in sin no more. He says that if we live in sin, then we are slaves to sin. You can decide to finally change your life around. Follow His path for your life and trust that God is moving you into a place of true victory and true peace.
Wear the Full Armor of God—Ephesians 6:10-13 (NCV):10 ‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks. 12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. 13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.‘
Spiritual warfare is the unseen battle of believers against Lucifer and his army of demons and fallen spirits. It is not a physical battle, but a spiritual struggle against the dark forces of evil in the world and in the heavenly realms. We are strong and must put the full armor of God to fight this battle that is unseen to the naked eye. Be strong now and put the full armor of God every day of your life because your soul depends on it. Don’t be defenseless; don’t give the Devil an opportunity. Armor up!
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society—1 Peter 2:23-25 (NIV): 23 ‘When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.’
The primary purpose of Christ’s death was to provide healing from the sickness of sin. Jesus can heal us of our malignant cancers of the body and soul. He is our Deliverer and Healer. Because of this, we have been called healed even in a world full of uncertainty and lack of faith, stand firm and know that we are, as Christians, healed.
Life Through the Spirit—Romans 8:1-4 (NIV): ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.’
Christ’s death saves us from condemnation, the ultimate penalty for sin: eternal separation from God. It is not until we enter God’s presence, that we still live in a fallen state. This world where we face the consequences of not only our own sins but also the sins of others. Our hope is not in this life but in the the life to come-Heaven.
The Message of Reconciliation—2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (NET): 17 ‘So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come! 18 And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.’
God’s original creation was corrupted when Adam and Eve sinned and were judged by God. Jesus’ death paid the penalty for that sin and His resurrection launched a new creation-the restoration of the world to what God intended it to be. Believing in Jesus makes us part of this new creation. We become a new person spiritually in Christ through our relationship with Him. Like Jesus, we pass through death into new life.
Life Through the Spirit—Romans 8:15-19 (KJV): 15 ‘For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.’
There is life in the Holy Spirit, where we are received, accepted, adopted into God’s family, and guided to do righteousness. Nonetheless, we can expect suffering in at least two ways: (1) We will identify with Christ in His suffering by facing similar struggles Jesus went through (2) we will face persecution for our faith and beliefs. Since the world was hostile to the Lord, we shouldn’t be surprised if it is hostile to those who follow Christ Jesus. Rest in God as He says we are His children, we are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Jesus.
Our Victory in Christ—Romans 8:37-39 (NASB1995): 37 ‘But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Christians are more than conquerors because of Christ. On the cross, it looked like Jesus was overcome and defeated, however in reality, He was the overcomer! The moment He died, He broke the power of the Enemy. No longer does death and Satan have a hold on our lives. We are conquerors and we win because of Jesus Christ.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ—Ephesians 1:6-8 (TLB): 6 ‘Now all praise to God for his wonderful kindness to us and his favor that he has poured out upon us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. 7 So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; 8 and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace—for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.’
Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we can now be accepted by God. Believers who were once enslaved to sin and death are purchased by Jesus’ death and adopted as God’s children. We belong to the light and not to the darkness. We are loved and showered with kindness by our Creator. He gives us grace with overflowing mercy. Our souls are covered by the Holy blood of the Lamb of God.
Spiritual Fullness in Christ—Colossians 2:8-11 (ESV): ‘See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ..’
We are made complete by Jesus, our Deliverer. The Messiah who fulfilled the Scriptures came to this Earth for one purpose-to fulfill God’s will (to save us from sin). He took our sin and shame and bore it on the cross to save all of us, so that we may be set free. God completed the prophesy in the Old Scriptures by giving us His only Begotten Holy Son to pay for our sins. Therefore, we are filled with Jesus’ love for us. We are filled and complete for He is our Bread and our Drink. In addition, we find that in the Old Testament circumcision was clearly defined as a God-given sign of divine blessing. It was a symbol of how God transforms the sinful heart. Instead, Christians are urged to be “circumcised of the heart” by trusting in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross.
I appreciate your attention and I value your time spent learning about the importance of who we are in the eyes of our extraordinary God. He is the only hope we have. There is no other god that will save your soul, but God Himself has, through Jesus. Someday, we will be with God in perfect paradise. For now, I hope you can share this with a family member or a friend, so they too could learn how valuable we really are and how important it is to live this life to the fullest following Jesus Christ alone.
God bless you so much!
L. Joy Santa Cruz
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