We are not defined by what we do. We are defined by who we are "in".

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    Heather R
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    :Hi:

    I can’t remember what I was reading, but I saw some comments I wasn’t really a fan of. The thing is, I have seen similar responses before, and I wasn’t any more of a fan of them then either. I figured it may not hurt to clarify in case anyone has similar thoughts.

    A very large part of Christianity struggles with the notion that our salvation is in Christ alone and apart from works. It necessarily follows that our salvation is positional in Christ, and we derive our identities from Him.

    Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    As children of God…

    I John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

    Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

    When the positional nature of our salvation is not understood, people tend to take the following verse out of context.

    Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    Well, when we go back to Revelation 20, who is hurt of the second death? Those whose names were not written in the book of life.

    Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

    Well clearly, our names are written in the book of life. In fact, one of the promises to overcomers was that we would not be hurt of the second death. It would then follow that there is not one single believer in Christ, alive or dead, that could ever be classified as one of the following:

    fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars

    In fact, Revelation 22 substantiates this by saying each of those types of people have no place in eternity with God.

    Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    Just as we do not derive our salvation from our own works, we do not derive our identities from what we do.

    Just as we are saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we also derive our identities from being “in Christ”.

    fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars

    There is a vast difference between being one of those things than there is in being a child of God who is guilty of committing a sin.

    You are not defined by your actions. You are defined by the faith you profess for your Savior. That doesn’t mean you should do things you know are wrong. That just means you should understand His grace is bigger than your sin, and even as much as you probably hate that you did it, He knew you were going to do it before you did it and loved you then just as much as He loves you now.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
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    tonyels
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    Amen Heather…good reading today. Thank you

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