In the Eyes of God, Who Are You?


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Introduction
This essay applies to those who already are Christians, OR who wish to learn something about what it means to become a Christian.


You are God's child!

If you are a Christian, Romans 8.15-16 tells you that you are God's very own son or daughter.

  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father.'' The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Rom 8.15-16, NKJV)


Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. (Acts 15.14, NKJV)   Acts 15.14 further explains who you are in the eyes of God. We will examine each part of Acts 15.14 and show how it defines your identity before God.
   
Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. (Acts 15.14, NKJV) If you are NOT descended from Abraham AND Isaac AND Jacob, you are a Gentile.
   
Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. (Acts 15.14, NKJV)

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Cor 1.2, NKJV)

You are a Saint!

You are a saint because God has taken you out of the world and set you apart to be His own.

  • In the New Testament, the closely related words "saint" (hagios) and "sanctified" (hagiazo) mean "set apart" by God and for God.
  • These words do NOT mean "perfect" or "super holy."

If you are a Christian, then you are a SAINT.

   
Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. (Acts 15.14, NKJV)

You are named after God!

As a Christian you bear the name of God because you bear the name of Jesus Christ. In God's eyes, you are called by His name. Because you are called CHRISTian, your life can bring either shame or glory to the name of God.



You are a citizen of Heaven!


God took you out of the world (Acts 15.14). Therefore, you are no longer a citizen of Planet Earth. Instead, you are
legally a citizen of God's Kingdom of Heaven. On earth, you are merely a tourist.

  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philip 3.20, NKJV)


Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us (2 Cor 5.20a, NKJV)  

You are God's ambassador to Planet Earth!

As a citizen of Heaven, you have been assigned by God to remain on Planet Earth in the role of His personal ambassador. You are here to present God's terms of peace and salvation to the people of the world who are in rebellion against Him.


You are Planet Earth's Priest unto God!

God has designated you to serve the people of Planet Earth as their Priest unto God.

As a priest in Christ Jesus, you are authorized by God to appear boldly before His throne in order to pray for the salvation of lost sinners.

  You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pet 2.5, NKJV)

Let us therefore
come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4.16, NKJV. See also Rom 5.2, Eph 2.18)
   

Moreover, as a priest you are responsible to God to "stand in the gap" and "stand in the breach" -- to plead for God's mercy on behalf of a sinful, rebellious world.

  • The U.S.A. is sinking to a level of depravity and degradation that makes the sins of Sodom look pale by comparison.
  • Know this for a certainty: ALL that stands between our nation and God's wrath is YOU, and other Christians, who stand in the breach as Priests and pray for God's mercy on our land.
(God said:) "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. (Ezek 22.30, NKJV)

Therefore He (God) said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one
stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them. (Ps 106.23, NKJV)


In God's eyes...

In God's eyes, who are you?

  • You are God's very own son or daughter, a child of the King.
  • You are CHRISTian, called by God's own name.
  • You are a Saint, set apart by God unto Himself.
  • You are a citizen of God's Kingdom of Heaven, and a tourist on Planet Earth.
  • You are God's Ambassador to present His terms of peace to Planet Earth.
  • You are Planet Earth's Priest to stand in the gap and plead for mercy at God's throne.

CHRISTian! God's child! Saint! Ambassador! Priest! Citizen of heaven!

Ah, you are so greatly blessed, but your responsibilities are awesome beyond comprehension. In Christ's name, do them well. Amen.


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