Hello!!  I thought I'd fulfill a promise I made the other day to someone who commented here, about giving a series of scripture that affirm who we are in Christ, and just what God thinks of us, really.  Here is the first part. 
The following biblical affirmations about our identity in Jesus Christ are derived from a few selected passages in the New Testament.  These passages teach a portion of the many truths about who we have become through faith in God’s Son.   Taken from Kenneth Boa's book, Conformed To His Image
* I am a child of God
                But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.           John 1:12
*  I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life.
                “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser…..I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”            John 15:1, 5
*  I am a friend of Jesus.
                “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”            John 15:15
*  I have been justified and redeemed.
                Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.                          Romans 3:24
*  My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
                Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.                         Romans 6:6
*  I will not be condemned by God.
                Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.                                Romans 8:1
*  I have been set free from the law of sin and death.
                For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.                Romans 8:2
The actual list this series is based on is going to take several days, but I look forward to sharing them with you.  I hope this series finds you well, and helps you to more fully understand the amazing love and grace our Father has bestowed upon us.  Sometimes, we lose sight of grace.  Feel free to copy this list if you wish.  It isn't anything you can't find in Scripture for yourself, but compiled as it is, some of the work has been done for you. 
Please remember that this isn't what I have to say about God, it's what He has to say about us.  That makes all the difference in the world.  Thank you.


BruceD said...

Good post, Tom!

Sorry I haven't been around too much lately. I have been reading, but just haven't felt moved to comment. I do appreciate the work you've done, and I appreciate who you are. I call you friend!

Tom Reindl said...

Thanks Bruce.

Actually, I haven't been doing that much writing on my blog lately. Maybe once every two days. There is just so much to see on everyone eles's sights, and for now, I would rather support them than write myself. Also, I have been feeling a little lately like I wasn't glorifying God when I wrote, but was rather glorifying myself. So, I have been kind of standing back a little, if you know what I mean