Who I Am In Christ: Forgiven

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own ideas or the world’s ideas about who we are or who we should be. But what does God say? Who does God say that I am? Who am I in Christ? This series takes a journey through God’s Word to discover the truth about who we are in Him. 

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7)

You are forgiven. Do you actually believe that? This is one of those truths that is so easy to know in our heads, but to live it out and to really believe it in our hearts is an entirely different story. When we choose to disbelieve this truth – when we refuse to accept that Jesus’ death on the cross for us was enough to pay the penalty for our sin – we invalidate the Gospel.

If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s easy to tune out the Gospel message. “I know this already. I’ve already accepted Christ as my Savior. I don’t need to hear this anymore.” But that’s a lie. We cannot hear the message of the Gospel enough and we cannot meditate on it for too long. We need to be reminded of this truth daily – multiple times a day.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
The word “propitiation”  means that Jesus became our “wrath-absorber”. He “absorbed” the wrath of God so that not a single drop would land on us. God is not mad or angry at you. He is not waiting to punish you. Yes, that’s what we deserve, but He has already poured it out on Jesus.

You are forgiven! 

One more thing: When we have the truth of God’s forgiveness of our sins at the forefront of our minds, we are able to forgive others. We are empowered to walk in forgiveness and humility. We begin to look more like Jesus.

Live It Out

Is there a sin in your life that you’ve been feeling guilty about? Confess it. Repent of it and then believe what God’s Word says in 1 John 1:9 (below). Receive His forgiveness. Take some time to really think about what Jesus actually did for you on the cross. Thank Him.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

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