God wants us to know who he is, so we can know who we are. What we believe affects our behavior and life experiences, and who we believe God to be determines the pouring out of life from us. Therefore, it is important that we look to scripture to build our foundation on the truth of who God is and who he says we are.
First and foremost, God is love (1 John 4:16). A love like none that exists on earth. It is so overwhelming and all-consuming. It is His love that draws us to Him. The Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:5) God is faithful. He has made promises to us as believers, and this will come to pass, whether it be now or in generations to come. God is holy and righteous. Revelation 15:4 says Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. To be holy means to be set apart. The perfect example of authority, a loving Father. He loves us as children, and we respect him as the good, good, Father he is. To me that is holy. The Merriam – Webster dictionary defines holy as: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. God is worthy of all our exaltation and all our devotion.
God is a creator and out of His fulness and greatness, he desired to create man. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) We are created in God’s image. God is complete and yet he still decided with all his grace and mercy and love to create us and bring us to this earth. He calls us his children and he has given us dominion over this earth. He put us here to rule and reign with him and calls us heirs. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17) To be an heir with Christ means that whatever belongs to Jesus belongs to us also. God has given all things into his hands (John 3:35). So that means God has given all things to our hands also. We have so much authority as children of God, and it is in this place that our identity stands. We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 4:10) As believers we have so much purpose in Christ.
God’s word gives us all the tools we need to discover who He is and who we are. He is love and we are His beloved and he allows us to partner with him to make His glory known all over the earth so that everyone may know the good news.
Guest Post by: Maureen Strange (Reach School 2019 Student)