Hope for Korah & Who am I – Part I
Big Idea: “Who am I?” This is the question that every person will ask
sometime in his or her life. The answer is only found in a relationship with the One who created us.
Scripture: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV
In the Apostle’s letter to the Church in Ephesus, called the Alps of the Bible, Paul begins with a long profound sentence in which he lays a foundation for our identity in Jesus. In English, the first ten letters of
our alphabet help us remember these fundamental truths.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as
he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:1-6 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-12 ESV
Adopted. Just like in human adoption, the baby becomes the legal son or daughter of their new parents. They take the parents’ name, belong to the family, have legal rights of inheritance.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:4-6 ESV
Blessed. To be blessed means that you have received God’s special favour, resulting in inner joy and prosperity. The emphasis in the New Testament is on spiritual rather than material blessings. “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:23-27 ESV
Chosen. Being chosen by God relates to his predestination. Before the world was even created, in God’s foreknowledge, he knew who would respond to his invitation to follow him, and he specially chose us and laid out a unique path for us to follow. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 1 Thessalonians 1:4 ESV
Delivered (redemption). Deliverance means to free us from the hold of Satan. Redemption is paying the price to buy us from our former owner. “For you have been bought with a price …” Although the devil still tries to get hold of us, we have authority over him. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV
Enriched (riches of his grace). We used to sing a song in Sunday School “I’m richer than a millionaire; just because he cares” Money is good, but there’s nothing more valuable than to be a child of God, to be known by him and loved by him. Grace is God’s undeserved favour. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
Forgiven. We are sinners, all of us, but because Jesus took our sins on his shoulders and paid the full price of death, we are now forgiven for past, present and future sins. We are free from guilt and shame that follows sin. …then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Hebrews 10:17 ESV
Gathered (united in him). The devil always wants to divide — marriages, families, nations. But God loves to reconcile. There is only one body, and each of us, no matter our age, gender or ethnicity, are members of his body. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 ESV
Holy. We are saints, set apart for God’s use. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonourable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 ESV
Inheritance. Talk about a big fat inheritance — we are on the list of legal recipients of eternal life. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 ESV
Justified (blameless). We’ve all seen courtroom dramas where the accused stands before the judge and he slams his hammer down and declares “not guilty!” The devil is our accuser and he knows that we really are guilty, but because of Jesus’ gift of life, God sees us as righteous. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude 1:24-25 ESV
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