GOSPEL IDENTITY

Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 2:13-15

“But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this He called you through the gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thessalonians 2:13,14)

We Christians have our identity rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ. We often forget who we are and whose we are. We frantically try to find our identity in our work, our families, our possessions, or our accomplishments. None of these can truly define who we are. Paul reminds us that we are the beloved of the Lord, chosen by God, and called by Him through the gospel.

We are beloved by the Lord — “See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are” (I John 3:1). John reminds us of the extent of God’s love for us — “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” (I John 4:10). When we consider our identity, we are first of all beloved by the Lord. He loves us with an everlasting love — “I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you” (Jeremiah 31:3).

We have also been chosen by God. He set His love on us before He created the world — “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). We became the objects of His love and He chose us to be His people — “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession” (I Peter 2:9a). Who are we? We are beloved by the Lord, chosen to be His own possession.

Finally, we are called by God through the gospel. He effectually called us to be His children. He called us into fellowship with Him. He called us out of darkness into His marvelous light — “that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9b).

Remember who you are and whose you are — beloved by the Lord, chosen by Him and called by Him, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, when I get down, remind me of who I am. I know that I am Your beloved, chosen by You to be Your own possession and called to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus. Thank You for loving me, choosing me, and calling me. I know I am totally unworthy; but You lavished Your grace upon me and made me Your own.

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