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Understanding Who You are in Christ?

You need to know … there is a constant war that wages to keep believers from taking comfort in who we are in Christ Jesus. This war is predominantly fought in the unseen realm; however, this war often spills over into the physical world in which we live. But no matter the realm in which the battle rages, the forces of good and evil will continue to fight one another until the day God has chosen to abolish evil. He alone has designated the time to end the turmoil, sending the damned to a place of eternal judgement which He has prepared for the wicked–Hell. It is then that God will create His new Heaven and new Earth, and from that day forward, evil will no longer be a threat.

But for now … Satan is constantly fighting to cause us, God’s elect, to lose sight of our true identity Christ. Our Lord and Savior is constantly pouring out His grace and mercy to remind us of His goodness. The protection provided to the believer once we have been placed into the hands of God is of eternal value. in

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UNDERSTANDING GOD IS IT POSSIBLE?

As a new believer, at least at first, when we accept the Lord as our personal Savior, many of us do not have a strong understanding of who God is or how God presents Himself to the world. All we understand is that God is the one and only, All-Powerful, Almighty being who created everything; and because he loves us so much, He sent his one and only Son to die for us on the cross. Jesus’ sacrifice saved us from an eternity of damnation. He did this for our salvation, saving us from sin and reconciling us to Him. Jesus provided our only escape from Hell. This selfless act of our Messiah, who became a servant for the purpose of magnifying his creations, was done so that we might live forever with Him in Heaven in the presence of the Father.

BEFORE WE CAN TRY TO UNDERSTAND GOD,WE NEED TO DO OUR BEST TO UNDERSTAND THE TRINITY.

As Christians, we believe that our God is one God, and He exists as 3 personages. Each personage is distinct from the others, and yet they all function as, and are, ONE GOD.

In the words of Don Stuart, an author with Educating Our World, he offers a bit more clarity on the subject of the Trinity.

Don writes: The Bible says that only one God exists—there are no others. The one God is infinite, eternal, all-knowing, and all-powerful. He is also a personal living Spirit. There is something else—this one God consists of three distinct, eternal Persons, or centers of consciousness. They are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three are a tri-unity, working together to accomplish the divine design and purpose in the universe. The fact that one God exists in three Persons is known as the doctrine of the Trinity. This difficult doctrine needs to be understood as best as we possibly can.

For more on this … Don’s book on the Trinity can be downloaded for free by going to EducatingOurWorld.com

Also … for another solid read about the Trinity, check out The Forgotten Trinity by James R. White, Apologia Church

REMEMBER THE CHARACTER OF OUR GOD

These are Characteristics of God the Father

God the Father is the Planner, the Source, and the Sender. The Father is a God of Perfect: Righteousness; Holiness; Justness; Faithfulness; Truth; Jealousy; Zealously; Sinlessness; Humbleness; Patience; Compassion; Love; Benevolence; Light; Longsuffering; Goodness; Spotlessness; Mercifulness; Innocence; Forgiveness; the Planner; and God is Wrath.

These are Characteristics of Jesus Christ

Christ is the one who came. He is the means. He is the Word. He is obedient to God the Father. Our Lord is: Meek; Holy; Just; Faithful; True; Self-denying; Zealous; Sinless; Humble; Patient; Righteous; Compassionate; Loving; Altogether Lovely; Benevolent; Overcomer of Temptation; Longsuffering; Lowly in Heart; Good; Spotless; Merciful; Innocent; Forgiving; Resigned and to look upon Christ is to look upon the Father.

These are Characteristics of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Applier of Salvation and The Effector of Salvation. The Holy Spirit: Convicts; Convinces; Converts; Indwells; Seals; Teaches; Guides; Reminds; Comforts; Equips and Empowers. The Spirit is obedient to the Son and the Father though equal in every way as God. The Holy Spirit is: Meek; Holy; Just; Faithful; True; Sinless; Humble; Patient; Righteous; Compassionate; Loving; Benevolent; Longsuffering; Good; Spotless; Merciful; Forgiving and He is Resigned, as the Father and Son are equally resigned, to carry out the Father’s plan to redeem all of creation.

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Before Jesus ascended to take His place at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, He spoke to His Disciples and said:

Matthew 28:19-20

19“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”