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Knowing Who You Are

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John 7:25–32 NKJV
25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? 27 However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.” 28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29 But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” 30 Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.
The people though they knew where Jesus was from - Nazareth.
But they didn’t know that He had actually come from God.
Jesus knew where He was from, because He knew who He was.
Today, I want to talk about knowing who you are.
It is important that we know that we are children of God.
The are three things I would like to say about that...

We are adopted by God

God has adopted us as his children:
Galatians 4:4–5 NKJV
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Having a child by birth, and adopting a child have this important difference: adoption is always a choice!
The fact that God has adopted you indicates that you, as an individual, are chosen by God:
Ephesians 1:4–5 NKJV
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Notice that you were chosen before the foundation of the world.
Every Christian to have an awareness that their salvation was not an accident. God knew you before you were born and chose that you should be saved.
Romans 8:29–30 NKJV
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
This verse speaks of the past, the present, and the future.
In the eternal past, He foreknew and predestined us.
In the present, He called and justified us.
In the future, He will glorify us (Paul uses the “prophetic perfect”, speaking of a future event as though it were already done because it is certain that God will do it).
The fact that God foreknew does not merely mean that God knew we would exist. It means that He thought of you in a particular way. For example, God said to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
When we appreciate the fact that we have been chosen by God from before we were born, we will realise that we too must therefore have a purpose on earth. We are not just here to pass the time. God has something for us to do!
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
We must all walk in our purpose, that is why we are here!

We have God’s nature

We have seen that we are children of God by adoption.
But that doesn’t give the full picture.
In addition to adopting us, God has also birthed us:
John 1:12–13 NKJV
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Because we are born of God, we have the nature of God in us.
Even as a natural parent and their offspring are biologically connected, so God and his children are spiritually connected.
Even as a parent has a natural love for their child because of that biological connection, God has a “natural” love for us, because we are born of Him. However, there is an important difference: God’s love for us is even greater than the love a human can have for their child!
Isaiah 49:15 NKJV
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.
Today, I want to remind of the incredible love that God has for you his child:
1 John 3:1 NKJV
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 3:1 NLT
1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
Romans 8:35–39 NKJV
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Jesus is praying to the Father)
John 17:23 NKJV
23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

We Carry God’s Name

A child carry’s the name of the their parents. As God’s children, we carry His name too.
A child’s behaviour can cause people to think well or badly of that child’s parents.
We must remember, that as God’s children, the way we behave, can affect the way people feel about God.
When Paul wrote concerning the ungodly behaviour of the Jews, he said:
Romans 2:24 NKJV
24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.
In other words, the nations thought and spoke ill of God because of the conduct of His people.
As children of God, we must remember that represent God and His Son Jesus Christ:
Colossians 3:17 NKJV
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
“in the name of the Lord Jesus” = representing the Lord Jesus.
Ask yourself - in this action, am I represent Jesus, and can I give God thanks whilst doing it?
Matthew 5:16 NKJV
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Let us remember whose we are, and who we are!

Summary

As God's children:
We are adopted by God, having been chosen by Him. God has a purpose for our lives
We have God's nature and are loved by God
We carry God's name, and should act accordingly
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