As a new creation in Christ, old attitudes give way to new ways of living and a new mission as God initiates his reconciling activity in the world. The message and ministry of reconciliation is entrusted to Paul and even to us, through whom, as ambassadors for Christ, God makes his appeal for people to be reconciled to him. Reconciliation is effected by means of Christ being made sin that sinners might become the righteousness of God in him through a glorious exchange. We have the privilege and responsibility of being Entrusted Ambassadors.
Sermons in: Identity
What does it mean to be a new creation? What does it mean to be a child of God? This sermon series breaks down names that are given to believers in Jesus Christ that are used in Scripture. By understanding these names we will know better how to live lives that glorify God.
It seems that everywhere you look there is a crisis of identity, whether it is as a nation, its people, ethnicities, gender, or politics. However, if you belong to Jesus, the Bible describes our Christian identity in many different ways. Today, we will look at one that should be most dear to the Christian. We are going to look at our identity as children. In C. S. Lewis’s famous book Screwtape Letters, Screwtape, the senior demon who is instructing his younger, inexperienced understudy, Wormwood, in the art of guiding a human being into Hell warns his pupil that his task is all the more difficult because the “Enemy” (God) “has a curious fantasy of making all these disgusting little human vermin into sons.” There are many who, when referring to humanity say that we are all God’s children and they will speak of the brotherhood or sisterhood. While it is admirable if one is speaking of the dignity of all those who bear the image of God, this identity requires some category distinctions because not everyone is God’s children when it is used as a metaphor for salvation. The child of God has repented of their sins, placed their faith in Christ, has been born again, and adopted into God’s family. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1a