Who am I?
Have you ever googled your name? A while back, I decided to Google me and see who I was. It was very interesting! I was a very successful realtor, I did sell real estate for several years; I am the largest land owner in Western United States, (I did own some land is South Dakota). I have died 5 times, been divorced fourteen times and married several times; I have been a CEO in a major medical firm, (I have paid a lot of medical bills but I don’t think that makes me an owner); My mother died of cancer, but the number of months she lived with cancer seems to be disputed. It appears to be somewhere between 6 and 36 months. I have made numerous contributions to the needy and have lived in almost every state of the Union. In fact, one site even said I may be related to myself!
Jesus went through a similar process when he asked the disciples who he was. Matthew 16:13 says: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” After all that Jesus had done in the area, people still didn’t know who He really was.
Again in verse 15 Jesus even asked Peter who he was. Peter said he was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” It is interesting that of all Jesus’ followers, only Peter could give the correct answer.
Well to be honest, I don’t always trust Google, so I looked in my Bible to see who I was. First, it says I was born in sin. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The Apostle Peter says that God provided a cure for sin.
“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. I Peter 2:24-25 (NIV)
In Romans 8, it says that if I am led by the Spirit of God, I am adopted to sonship with God.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba,Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-18 (NIV)
Paul also says in Romans 6:5-10.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. Romans 6:5-10 (NIV)
God has given me hope and a home in heaven
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
I know who I am because of what God’s Word says about those who have accepted the gift of salvation. Do you know who you are?
(Scripture references used in this article were obtained from: http://www.biblegateway.com September 4, 2013)