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Firm Foundations Three (33 of 55) In Christ, I Am Not My Own

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In Christ, I Am Not My Own.

New Purpose: In Jesus Christ, you have a new purpose, that is to know and obey the will of God. You have been bought with a price and are no longer your own but are God’s. Therefore, you should glorify God through living out His good, acceptable, and perfect will. God does not want you to be unwise, not knowing what His will is, but wise, understanding what it is. As a believer, you should live for the will of God, follow the new desires He has given you, and daily trust Him to guide your steps.
1 Peter 4:1–2; Ephesians 5:17

In Christ, I Live For The Will Of God (His Will For All Believers)

  • It is God’s will for us to believe and preach the gospel. God wants all mankind to be saved. Salvation is the first step for a person to obey God’s will. He wants us to hear the gospel, understand His grace and through repentance trust in Him. If we are doubting our salvation, then we need to first get this settled before we can know the rest of God’s will. His love for the world then compels us to unashamedly preach the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.
    1 Timothy 2:3–4; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 1:16
  • It is God’s will for us to be living sacrifices filled with the Holy Spirit. We are no longer our own, but we are bought with a price (the blood of Jesus) and living for the will of God is our reasonable service. This means we live according to what is holy and acceptable to God, no longer according to what is acceptable to the world. We don’t live for our own pleasures, passion, or lust, but are being transformed by the renewing of our mind through letting the Word of Christ dwell in us. Therefore, if there is a command in the Bible for believers, then we know it is the will of God in us.
    Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 4:3–6
  • It is God’s will for us to live clean, honorable, and holy lives. The Bible presents certain things as unclean and dishonorable that believers should not do, especially in reference to sexual sins. We are to abstain from all sexual sins, control our bodies and not be controlled by them, not take advantage of others sexually, but see marriage as honorable and the only proper place for sexual desire to be fulfilled, between husband and wife. This is part of God sanctifying us, setting us apart from sin unto holiness.
    1 Thessalonians 4:3–7; Romans 1:24-27; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 7:1-40; 1 Peter 2:11;
  • It is God’s will for us to live honest and submissive lives. Within our society and relationships with others (including unbelievers), we should be living sincere, obedient, sinless lives full of good works that show we are God’s servants. We are to submit to the authority that is over us. We should not use our freedom in Christ as a cover up to do harm to others, but be a living testimony through our good works. Even if we are treated unjustly, we should follow Jesus’ steps suffering it as to the Lord and not to man.
    1 Peter 2:12–21; Ephesians 6:5–8
  • It is God’s will for us to endure suffering and be thankful in all things. All that live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution and all that are saved will endure suffering. This persecution and suffering looks different for each believer, but it is a guarantee if we are living out God’s will, and we are to regard it as a privilege given to us by God. We are not to render evil for evil, but seek to do good to all men. We should rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks.
    Philippians 1:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:11–12; 1 Peter 3:17; 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:15–18; Matthew 5:10–12; Acts 5:41

In Christ, I Am Given New Desires To Follow (His Will For Me)

  • God’s will for all believers is clearly given to us in the Bible and it covers a multitude of areas, but it doesn’t tell us about every specific decision that we need to make. This is because God allows us to make our own decisions in many of these areas. If we are obeying the will of God that is revealed to us in the Bible, then He is making us into the right person that can make personal decisions according to our wants, desires or what seems best, because His desires become ours. Even if we mess up, we know all things work together for good.
    Psalm 37:4–5; Romans 8:28
  • God works in all believers both to will and to do of His good pleasure. As we live out our salvation, God is working in us to accomplish His will. If we have new desires that agree with the Bible, then we can conclude that He is the One who willed it and is the One who will give us the power to accomplish it.
    Philippians 2:12–13
  • God gives us permission to make personal decisions. First, we need to know what the Bible says and obey it. Second, we should ask God in faith to give us wisdom to make the right decisions. Third, we make the decision that best obeys the Bible, glorifies God, and fulfills our desires.
    James 1:5–7; Proverbs 3:5–6

In Christ, I Am Trusting God’s Guidance (Advice For The Journey)

  • Focus: We need to focus on what is already revealed in the Bible and not be worried about all the material things in our life. We seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and trust God to supply our needs.
    Matthew 6:19–34
  • Initiative: We don’t know all of God’s personal will for us today, but we know His will for all believers and should be doing that now. As we are serving the Lord, then we can assuredly gather that the Lord had called us to do something more specific.
    Acts 16:1-10; James 1:22
  • Guidance: We will never be led by God or given a desire from Him that is contrary to the Bible. If someone claims something is God’s will, but it goes against the Bible, then it is not God’s will. We need to be careful not to speak for God where He didn’t speak.
  • Hindrances: We fight against God’s will when we are selfish, wanting worldly treasures, doubt God’s ability to use us, doubt His provision for us, or we simply do nothing.
  • Considerations: When making decisions, we should consider the counsel of other believers, our gifts, abilities, desires, where there is a need, where is there an opportunity, the responsibility of spreading the Gospel and the glory of God.
    Proverbs 11:14; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17; 1 Samuel 17:29

Review Questions

  • As believers, what do we live for?
  • How do we know what God’s will for all believers is?
  • How do we know what God’s will for me is?
  • What are the three main steps to making a decision?
  • What is the advice for the journey?

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Firm Foundations Three (32 of 55) In Christ, I Am A Man Or Woman Of God

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In Christ, I Am A Man Or Woman Of God.

New Roles: In Jesus Christ, you are given the power to fulfill the roles that your gender and family status mandates, as well as live to the higher standard that your new roles demand. All men and women are equal in the sight of God, but He gave us different roles to fulfill (just like the three persons of the Trinity are equal, but have different roles). Only through Christ can we genuinely fulfill our God-given roles.

In Christ, Men And Women Are One (Value & Importance)

  • The Equality of God’s Image: God created all mankind in His image, male and female. This means that you were made to represent God to some degree. God’s original intent was that both genders equally bear His image; therefore, both genders are of equal value and equal importance.
    Genesis 1:27
  • The Corruption of Sin: Sin corrupted the image of God that we bear. Even though we still are like God more than any other creature (being the only ones made in His likeness), sin corrupted our view of each-other. Men were seen as the superior and women as the inferior. Societies and culture molded themselves after this corrupt image and mankind has been dealing with the consequences ever since.
    Genesis 2:8, 17; 3:6; Romans 3:23
  • The Spiritual Transformation: The only way to be completely restored back to God’s image was for our sins to be forgiven, but God had greater plans. God through Jesus not only made a way for our sins to be taken away, but also for us to become completely righteous as Him. Therefore, the corrupt attitudes of superiority and inferiority are put to an end (within Christianity) because we are all one in Christ Jesus. All believers, men or women, are of equal value and equal importance.
    Romans 5:14-19; Galatians 3:28

In Christ, I Am A Man Of God (Husbands & Fathers)

  • A New Understanding: As a male believer, you are called to renew your role as God intended it to be and live to the higher standard that is given to you in the New Testament. As a male believer, you accept your distinct gender as the will of God and don’t see yourself as superior or inferior to females. You should keep watch of danger for yourself and those you lead, stand firm in your faith and the truth of scriptures, be strong in your obedience to the Lord, and do everything with love.
    1 Corinthians 16:13-14
  • Role in Marriage: As a male believer, you have the role of leadership in your marriage. This means that God has chosen you to lead in the same way that Christ led the church, through sacrificial love. You are to love your wife as your own body. You are responsible to live together with her according to knowledge, showing her honor, respect and love.
    1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23; 25-26; 28-29; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7
  • Role in Family: As a male believer, you are to train up your children in the way of the Lord. Fathers should not provoke their children to anger, lest they become discouraged. As the Father and Husband, it is primarily your role to provide the necessities of life for your own family. This includes providing shelter, food, clothes, and spiritual nourishment.
    Colossians 3:20–21; Proverbs 22:6; 1 Timothy 5:8
  • Role in the Church: As a male believer, you edify the church through your spiritual gifts and service. You are permitted to hold positions of teaching and authority in the assembly of the church, such as pastor or deacon, as long as you meet the qualifications. Men hold the positions of leadership in the church just like they do in the home. Older men in the church should be treated as fathers and younger men should be treated as brothers. The mature male believers should be teaching the younger believers how to be Christian husbands, fathers and servants of God.
    1 Timothy 3:1-7; 5:1; Titus 1:5-9

In Christ, I Am A Woman Of God (Wives & Mothers)

  • A New Understanding: As a female believer, you are called to renew your role as God intended it to be and live to the higher standard that is given to you in the New Testament. As a female believer, you accept your distinct gender as the will of God and don’t see yourself as inferior or superior to males. You should be full of good works, good speech, prayer, hospitality, compassion; and be modest in appearance, demeanor, and behavior.
    1 Timothy 2:9-15; Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Role in Marriage: As a female believer, you have the role of submission in your marriage. This means that God has chosen you to submit in the same way that the church submits to Christ. You are responsible to willingly put yourself under the leadership of your husband (not just another man), because this is what is fit in the Lord. You should love, serve, submit, and take care of your husband.
    Ephesians 5:22; 24; Colossians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40
  • Role in Family: As a female believer, you are to train up your children in the way of the Lord. As the Mother and Wife, it is primarily your responsibility to manage, guide, and keep your home. This includes loving, teaching, caring for, and bearing children.
    Colossians 3:20–21; Proverbs 22:6
  • Roles in the Church: As a female believer, you edify the church through your spiritual gifts and service. You aren’t permitted to hold positions of teaching and authority in the assembly of the church, such as pastor or deacon. You hold the positions of submission in the church just like you do in the home. Older women in the church should be treated as mothers and younger women should be treated as sisters. The mature female believers should be teaching the younger believers on how to be Christian wives, mothers and servants of God.
    1 Timothy 2:11-14; 5:2-16; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16; 14:33-36; Titus 2:3-5

Review Questions

  • Who did God create man and women in the image of?
  • Why are men and women equal?
  • Why is there a problem of superiority and inferiority among the genders?
  • What are the roles of a man of God?
  • What are the roles of a woman of God?

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Firm Foundations Three (31 of 55) In Christ, I Am A Royal Priest

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In Christ, I Am A Royal Priest.

New Privilege: In Jesus Christ, you are given a new privilege to become part of the royal priesthood of God. Jesus is our High Priest and King. He grants every believer kingship and priesthood. We are privileged to serve alongside Him with this new status. Because it was freely given to us, we desire to live holy lives that testify to the greatness of our Lord.
Revelations 5:10; Hebrews 8:6

In Christ, I Am Under The New Covenant (Two Covenants)

  • The Hope: God made a promise to Abraham to bless all families of the earth. God then confirmed this promise with an oath saying, “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever. After the order of Melchizedek.” The hope of this eternal priest was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.
    Hebrews 6:13, 17; 7:20–21; Psalms 110:4
  • The Priesthood: A priest is someone who is called by God to act on the behalf of men in relation to God. The Bible tells us there are two lines of the priesthood: Melchizedek and Aaron.
    Hebrews 7:11

– Melchizedek is the first priest mentioned in Scripture. He was the king of Salem and the priest of the most High God. His priesthood was royal, righteous, peaceful and unending.
Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 5:5–10; 7:1-3

– Aaron was called by God. His job was to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He would first offer sacrifices for himself and then for others. Aaron’s sons would also become priests according to the law because they were his physical descendants.
Hebrews 5:1, 4; 7:16

  • The Guarantor: Jesus was called by God to be made a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (not Aaron) because as the eternal Son of God, He can live forever to make intercession for us; He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; He was sinless and didn’t have to daily offer sacrifices for His sin and then others. He offered Himself on the cross, dying for the sins of the world once and for all.
    Hebrews 7:11, 16-17; 22-28
  • The Better Hope: Perfection was never possible through the law or the Levitical priesthood. Therefore, we needed a change. We needed a change in the priesthood and the law. This change came through Jesus. The old was set aside because it was weak and unprofitable and Jesus gave us a better hope so that we could draw nigh unto God.
    Hebrews 7:11-19
  • The New Covenant: The old covenant was based on what we did and the New Covenant was based on what Jesus did. Therefore, God said He would make a new covenant which would be established on better promises. Through salvation in Jesus Christ we take part in this new covenant: God is merciful to our unrighteousness, He completely forgives our sin, and He empowers us to live for Him.
    Hebrews 8:6-13

In Christ, I Have A Royal High Priest (Understanding Jesus’ Position)

  • Jesus is our High Priest. He is seated on the right hand of the throne of the “Majesty” in the heavens. He ministers in the true sanctuary and tabernacle that are in Heaven and built by God.
    Hebrews 8:1-2
  • Priests would go into the sanctuary for the service of God, but only the High priest could go into the “Holy of Holies.” He had to go in alone and could only go in once a year. He offered animal blood for the sins of himself and others. This purified their sin for that year, but couldn’t make them perfect.
    Hebrews 9:6-10; 10:4)
  • Jesus, as High Priest, entered in once into the “Heavenly Holy of Holies” with His own blood and obtained eternal redemption for us. He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
    Hebrews 8:11-15; 9:24-28
  • Jesus is our King. Like Melchizedek was a priest and a king, Jesus is also a King and Priest. He rules victorious as the King of kings. His Kingdom is not of this world but we desire to keep His commandments until His appearing.
    John 18:36; Acts 17:7; 1 Timothy 6:13–16

In Christ, I Am A Royal Priest (Understanding Our Privileges)

  • The Privilege of Status: Being redeemed through the blood of Jesus, all believers are made part of His family and are spiritual descendants of the true “Royal High Priest.” The Bible says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” In Christ we are given this new position, showing that Christ changes us from the inside out and we humbly serve Him with Holy lives in return.
    1 Peter 2:5–9
  • The Privilege of Access: When the temple veil that separated the “Holy of Holies” was torn in two, it meant from then on we could have direct access to God through our forever High Priest Jesus Christ. Jesus is now the only mediator between God and man; therefore, we should come “boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
    Hebrews 4:14–16; Matthew 27:51; 1 Timothy 2:5,Romans 5:2;Ephesians 2:18,3:12
  • The Privilege of Service: As royal priests, we don’t have to offer sacrifices for our sin, but we are called to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ and show forth the praises of the God who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
    Hebrews 10:12; 13:15–16; 1 Peter 2:5, 9
  • The Privilege of Rule: Jesus is King and we are part of His royal family. We will one day rule with Him in the Kingdom of God.
    Matthew 25:31-40; 1 John 3:1-2; Revelations 5:10

Review Questions

  • What are the two covenants?
  • Why is Jesus priesthood better than the Levitical priesthood?
  • Who is our Royal High Priest?
  • Are where royal priests? Why?
  • What are the privileges of a royal high priest?

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Firm Foundations Three (30 of 55) In Christ, I Am Gloriously Sanctified

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In Christ, I Am Gloriously Sanctified.

New Holiness: In Jesus Christ, you are made holy by God. At the point of salvation, you were given a new identity that says you are holy. From that point on God starts working a process in you to make you more and more like His son Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are given the power to start living out our new holy identity until that final day when we are completely changed into His likeness and live forever with Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:23–24

In Christ, I Am Sanctified (The Process Of Becoming Like Christ)

  • Sanctification starts at salvation. Positionally, all the different aspects of your salvation are instantaneously true at the moment of repentance and faith. You are completely justified by God through Jesus Christ. Your sins are forgiven and you are made holy. Practically, you are freed from the power of sin and the process of sanctification starts. God is working in you to make you more and more like Jesus. This doesn’t mean you won’t sin anymore, but it means that you start overcoming sin and living a righteous life.
    Romans 6:11, 14, 18
  • Sanctification continues through our entire lives. We will never be completely freed from the presence or temptation of sin in this life; therefore, the Lord is transforming us day-by-day to be more like Him. Daily we should press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We should constantly be growing in the Lord.
    2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:13–14
  • Sanctification finishes after the return of Christ. Once we die, we will be completely freed from sin. After the Lord returns, He will change our vile body to be fashioned like His glorious body. We will be perfectly Holy and live forever with our Lord.
    Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 21:27; Philippians 3:21

In Christ, I Will Persevere (The Promise Of Becoming Like Christ)

  • All true believers will persevere. At the moment of repentance and faith you are sealed by the Holy Spirit, protected by the hands of Almighty God, and given eternal life by Jesus who promises to raise you up again at the last day. Therefore, all true believers will persevere to the end because our triune God has guaranteed it.
    John 6:38–40; 10:27–30; Ephesians 1:13–14
  • Only those who persevere are true believers. The evidence of a true believer is one who continues to believe and obey the truth. Those who don’t truly believe will eventually fall away from the faith; therefore, only those who persevere are those with true faith. Of course true believers will struggle with sin, but they will never reject Jesus as Lord or reject the clear teachings of God’s Word. True believers persevere through repentance and faith and false believers walk away from the faith.
    John 8:31; Colossians 1:22–23; Hebrews 3:14

In Christ, I Am Active (The Power Of Becoming Like Christ)

  • Sanctification is the work of God. He gives us the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Holiness, to change us and make us holy. We are led by the Spirit to live holy lives and produce spiritual fruit. It is He who is actively producing holiness within us.
    Romans 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20–21; Galatians 5:22–23; 5:16–18
  • Sanctification requires our participation through the power of the Holy Spirit. We know that God is working in us and that He empowers us to work; therefore, we are told to work out our salvation. This means there are things that we do and things that we don’t do. We are active participants in our sanctification and not just passive.
    Romans 8:13; Philippians 2:12–13
  • Sanctification involves actively separating from sin to God. This means that you develop a hatred for sin and a love for God. We should no longer live like unbelievers do, but come out from among them and be different from them. As we grow in the Lord, we are cleaning up our lives to reflect the holiness of God.
    2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Titus 2:11-12

– We change the way we think. The Bible says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We no longer entertain thoughts that are against God or that tempt us to do wrong. We should be careful about what we watch, listen to, and participate in. We should fill our hearts with God’s Word so that we learn to not sin against Him.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Psalm 101:3; Romans 13:14; Psalm 119:11

– We change the way we face temptation. The Bible says, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” We cautiously live our lives, not taking sin lightly. When temptations arise, we know that God will be making a way of escape for us and we look for that escape.
1 Corinthians 10:12–13

– We change the way we make relationships. The Bible says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” We should witness to our friends and share the love of Christ, but we can’t continue in a relationship that would pull us away from the will of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14; Amos 3:3

– We should change the way we act. The Bible says, “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.” We should not have dealings with this world or the things in it (the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life). We should understand what the will of the Lord is and be busy about our Father’s business through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Ephesians 5:11–19; 1 John 2:15-16

Review Questions

  • When does sanctification start and when does it finish?
  • Will all true believers persevere? Why?
  • Are only those who persevere true believers? Why?
  • What does God give us to make us holy?
  • What are ways that we are actively separating from sin to God?

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Firm Foundations Three (29 of 55) In Christ, I Am Eternally Secure

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In Christ, I Am Eternally Secure.

New Assurance: In Jesus Christ, you have a new assurance from God. Our salvation is freely given to us by God and forever kept by Him. This makes the gospel more distinct than any other religious message in the world because it frees us to pursue God out of joy and not fear. It is comforting to know, in Christ, we are saved by God through faith in Jesus and given eternal life that can never be lost or taken away. Our salvation is guaranteed through the seal of the Holy Spirit and we are given the Bible so that we can know that we have this eternal life.
Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:13

In Christ, I Am Eternally Saved (The Promises Of Eternal Life)

  • Our salvation is freely given to us by God and forever maintained by Him. Our salvation does not rely on our good works or personal goodness to earn and keep it, but it relies on the grace of God who, through Jesus Christ and according to His own goodness, chose to save us and keep us eternally.
    Titus 3:4–8: Ephesians 2:8-10
  • Jesus promises that when He saves us He gives us eternal life. This means that from the point of salvation on we will never perish. After our bodies die, we will not be sent to hell, but eternally live with God. This promise is guaranteed because we are securely in the hands of Jesus and God the Father and no one is able to snatch us out of their hands, not even ourselves. Remember, it is not the strength of our faith that saves us, but the strength of God in whom we put our faith that saves us.
    John 10:25–30
  • Jesus promises to never cast us out, to lose us, to leave us, or to forsake us. The will of God is that everyone who believes in Jesus as the Son of God will have everlasting life and be raised by Jesus at the last day.
    John 6:37-39; Hebrews 13:5
  • We are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise for the day of redemption. This seal guarantees our eternal redemption until we acquire possession of it.
    Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30

In Christ, I Will Eternally Live (The Meaning Of Eternal Life)

  • Believers will live with God for all eternity. “Eternal” signifies that we will always have this salvation and that we can do nothing to ever lose it. This is possible because it is kept by the power of God. Therefore, all true believers receive eternal life and will keep that eternal life for all eternity.
    1 Peter 1:5; John 6:40
  • Believers will not pass into condemnation. Jesus tells us anyone who hears His words and believes in God has everlasting life. At the point of salvation you received everlasting life, so you never come into condemnation but pass from death into life. We will never be judge for sin, go to hell, or be rejected by God for any reason.
    John 5:24; Romans 8:1

In Christ, I Am Eternally Changed (The Evidences Of Eternal Life)

  • Believers bear good fruit showing we abide in Jesus (the true vine). For a believer, bearing fruit is a natural result of repentance and faith in Jesus. Now that we are in Christ, we will produce good fruit because Christ is good. Therefore, the fruit we bear gives evidence to the faith that we say we believe. What kind of fruit are you bearing?
    Matthew 3:8,10; 7:15–20; 12:33; 13:23; John 15:1–9
  • Believers can examine themselves to see whether they are in the faith. Once we believe in Jesus we begin to experience many changes, some happen instantly and others happen subtly over time. Therefore, these changes can be evidences of true biblical salvation. Below are a few evidences to consider:
    2 Corinthians 13:5–6; 2:26; James 1:22–25

– Are you trusting in Jesus alone for your salvation or are you trusting in the works that you are doing for Jesus to save you? He that has Jesus has life and he that doesn’t have Jesus doesn’t have life.
1 John 5:12; Matthew 7:21–23; Romans 11:6

– Is your way of life defined by practicing sin or practicing righteousness? Each day are you becoming more like the devil or more like Jesus?
1 John 2:1–6; 1 John 3:1–10

– Do you have new desires, such as, a yearning to do the will of God, a willingness to learn and obey the Word of God, and a desire to love one another?
1 John 4:7–12; John 13:35

– When you sin are you disciplined by God, revealing that He loves you and treats you as a Son?
Hebrews 12:5–8

– Does the Holy Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit that you are a child of God and that God abides in you?
Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:24; 4:2; 13

  • Believers need to battle doubt with the truth of God’s Word. Often we doubt the promises of God, our salvation, and whether we have eternal life. Some of the reasons we doubt are because: we are ignorant of what the Bible teaches; we don’t understand fully how salvation works; we have misplaced our focus on our works instead of the power of God; we sin or struggle with sin and think we lost our salvation; or we are being disciplined by the Holy Spirit which makes us feel uncomfortable. We combat these doubts through filling our minds with Scripture so that we can build our faith and confidence in the truth that, in Christ, we are eternally secure.

Review Questions

  • What is my new assurance in Christ?
  • Our salvation is given by whom and maintained by whom?
  • What are we sealed with that guarantees we will receive eternal life?
  • How do we examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith?
  • If we doubt our salvation, what should we do?

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Firm Foundations Three (28 of 55) In Christ, I Am Afflicted, Rewarded, And Victorious

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In Christ, I Am Afflicted, Rewarded, And Victorious.

New Perspective: In Jesus Christ, you are given a new perspective from God. This means that you are learning that we aren’t living for this world but the world to come. In this world, you will be afflicted, but God is using it to make you more like Jesus. In the world to come, you will be rewarded for how you live for God today; therefore, you can make sacrifices because this world isn’t your home. As you are passing through this world, you are in a spiritual battle, but through Jesus you will have the victory, putting on the armor of God, having done all to stand firm. In Christ, you are afflicted, rewarded, and victorious for the glory of God.

In Christ, I Am Afflicted (Suffering For The Glory Of God)

  • As believers, living out our new life in Christ can result in suffering, persecution, and affliction. As sinful humans living in a sinful world, we all will experience some kind of affliction. This is a normal part of life. Sometimes we experience affliction because of the bad decisions we make, punishment for sin, someone takes advantage of us, or because of our associations; but as believers we will also experience persecution specifically for following Jesus and doing the will of God.
    Philippians 1:29–30; 2 Timothy 3:12
  • As believers, we must remember that God can use our affliction for His glory. In the midst of our affliction, we must remember that God is still good and sovereign. We won’t always know why God has allowed certain things to happen or take place, but we should continue to trust in Him knowing that He can work good out of it. Our response to these trials in our life is a testimony to the grace of God.
    Philippians 1:6; 12–14; Romans 8:28; Genesis 50:20
  • As believers, we identify with Jesus through affliction the same way He identified with us. He was sinless, yet He suffered the painful death of the cross so that we might be saved. In the midst of the affliction, He continued to obey God and do right without complaining and thus being a light to the world. He glorified God in His affliction and His affliction brought us eternal life. He was mistreated, but didn’t respond in sin. Therefore, when I choose to suffer like Jesus suffered, I become more like Him.
    Philippians 2:4–16; Hebrews 2:10

In Christ, I Am Rewarded (Rewards For The Glory Of God)

  • As believers, we will be rewarded for our good works. All of our works will be tried by fire and if our works survive the testing, then we will receive a reward. If a believer doesn’t have good works he will suffer loss, but he will still be saved. Remember, we are saved by faith and no matter what our works are we will not come into judgment, but will pass from death to life.
    1 Corinthians 3:13–15; John 5:24
  • As believers, knowing we will receive reward should motivate us to serve God. In everything, we should work wholeheartedly unto God and not man. We should have a heavenly focus, meaning we are working to lay up treasures in heaven and not treasures here on earth.
    Colossians 3:23–24; Matthew 6:19–21; Luke 6:35
  • As believers, we will be rewarded for the persecution we endure because of Jesus. We can be encouraged during times of affliction and persecution because we know that in the end we will receive a reward for it.
    Matthew 5:11–12; Hebrews 11:26
  • As believers, we don’t have to be in competition for these rewards because they are limitless. The Bible doesn’t say specifically what these rewards are going to be, but we know that it will be a just reward because it is the Lord who gives them to us. Therefore, we should encourage each other to love, do good works, and serve God.
    Revelation 22:12–13; Ephesians 6:8
  • As believers, Jesus is our ultimate reward. When He appears we will see Him as He is and we will be like Him. Our greatest reward is to come face to face with the one whom we serve: the Lord Christ.
    1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2

In Christ, I Am Victorious (Victory For The Glory Of God)

  • As believers, we are fighting a spiritual battle. We are not at war with flesh and blood, but we are at war against the wicked spiritual beings in the spiritual realm. These are principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world. Satan is their leader and they represent the enemies of God. The kingdom of light is at war against the kingdom of darkness.
    Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5
  • As believers, we are strengthened by God and supplied armor from Him for the battle. The devil attacks when he entices us to sin against God, believe false teachings and teachers, worship other gods or idols, interactions with demons, death, etc. The armor of God enables us to firmly stand against the attacks of the devil with truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer.
    Ephesians 6:10-11; 13-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; 1 John 4:1–6; James 4:7; John 8:44
  • As believers, we are on the winning side. King Jesus has defeated sin, death, and Satan. Jesus nailed all accusations against us to the cross and disarmed all the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world. He triumphs over them and is seated at the right hand of God. Let us look to Jesus as we fight this battle knowing that in Him we have the victory.
    Colossians 2:13–15; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22; Philippians 2:9-11

Review Questions

  • As believers, what will we experience for following Christ?
  • What must we remember in the midst of our affliction?
  • What will believers be rewarded for?
  • What is the ultimate reward of a believer?
  • As believers, why are we victorious?

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Firm Foundations Three (27 of 55) In Christ, I Am Blessed, Accepted, And Loved

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In Christ, I Am Blessed, Accepted, And Loved.

New Appreciation: In Jesus Christ, you are appreciated by God. This means that no matter what your background is, in Jesus Christ, God bestows you with His favor, grace and love. You are blessed, you are accepted, and you are loved. He doesn’t base this on the things that you did, but what Jesus has done for you. Therefore, we need to learn to recognize this new acceptance and live out who are.

In Christ, I Am Blessed (God Bestows You With His Favor)

  • From the beginning, God blessed mankind. After He created male and female in His image He blessed them. They didn’t seek this blessing, but God out of His goodness chose to bless them. He commanded them to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. He gave them dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, and every living thing that moved on the earth. He gave them every plant bearing seed and every tree with seed in its fruit as food. Finally, God looked at everything and said it was “very good.”
    Genesis 1:27-31
  • To be “blessed” means that we are well spoken of, we receive favor, or we are given benefits. In Christ, God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings. He speaks well of us and no evil. He pours out His grace on our lives daily. He has given us the benefit of a new life empowered by the Holy Spirit to live for Him.
    Ephesians 1:3
  • Often we only think of blessings as material goods, but Paul wants to remind us of our “spiritual blessings” in heavenly places that we have in Christ Jesus. God chose us to be holy, predestined us unto the adoption of children, made us accepted in the beloved, redeemed us through His blood, forgave our sins, and sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise.
    Ephesians 1:3-14
  • The blessing we receive in Christ is all a work of God. It is all according to the good pleasure of His will and according to the riches of His grace. God is a good Father who knows how and when to give good gifts to His children. Our response to His blessings is to praise His glorious name.
    Ephesians 1:11-12; Matthew 7:9–11

In Christ, I Am Accepted (God Bestows You With His Grace)

  • We are God’s creation. There are certain aspects about ourselves that are predetermined before we are born and that we cannot change, such as, gender, time period we are born into, our body structure, our skin color, our nationality at birth, certain abilities or talents, parents or relatives, and birth order. The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made by a good God, so we should see these things as the will of God, accepting how God made us, and, in Christ, He is working them together for good.
    Psalm 139:13-18; Romans 8:28-29
  • We are God’s workmanship. Before time, God ordained a plan that would redeem us from our sin and create us new in Christ Jesus unto good works. Knowing we are His workmanship allows us to walk in the good works that He has prepared for us to do.
    Romans 8:29–32; Ephesians 2:10
  • We are recipients of God’s amazing grace. All of the goodness in us is because God’s grace is with us. We are who we are by the grace of God. The evidence of God’s grace in our lives and the lives of others should cause us to give thanks unto God.
    1 Corinthians 1:3–8; 15:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Ephesians 1:15-16
  • Knowing that God recognizes our full worth in Christ, should cause us to know that we aren’t neglected but accepted; turn our bitterness into thankfulness; accept our deficiencies; stop grumbling and start being grateful and appreciative. It should cause us to be humble, not boasting in ourselves, but boast in our great God. It empowers us to overcome our insecurities so that we can encourage and serve others with the grace we have been given.
    1 Peter 4:9–10; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Ephesians 2:9

In Christ, I Am Loved (God Bestows You With His Love)

  • God’s love towards us is a sacrificial love. The love of God is greatly expressed through Jesus’ death on the cross for us. Jesus gave His life for us. When we were still enemies of God, Jesus died for us. The sacrificial love shows us His love is unmerited, unconditional, all-giving, and amazing.
    John 15:13; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4: 9–10
  • God’s love towards us a secure love. We have all of His love. He will never love us more or less. Nothing will ever separate us from this love; neither tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, death, life, angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth, nor anything else, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
    Romans 8:35–39
  • God’s love toward us is perfect love. God’s love suffers long and is kind; God’s love envies not; it vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God’s love never fails.
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • God’s love towards us is a relational love. The Bible uses the metaphor of a husband and wife to help us better understand the relational aspect of the love of God. We, the church, are the bride of Christ. He leads, saves, sanctifies and cleanses us to makes us holy and without blemish, so that He might present us to Himself. He nourishes and cherishes us. In response to His loving goodness to us, we love Him in return.
    Ephesians 5:22–33

Review Questions

  • What does it mean to be blessed?
  • What are some of our “spiritual blessings”?
  • Are you appreciated? Why?
  • What is God’s love toward us like?
  • What three things does God bestow us with?

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Firm Foundations Three (26 of 55) In Christ, I Am Freed, Renewed And Yielded To God

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In Christ, I Am Freed, Renewed And Yielded To God.

New Creature: In Jesus Christ, you are made a new creature by God. This means that old things have passed away and all things become new. The Bible refers to this as our “old man” and “new man.” As we understand we are a new creature in Christ, we have to start living it out. We have to “put off” the old man and “put on” the new man.  We do this through knowing our union with Christ, renewing our minds and yielding our lives to God.
Romans 6:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:27

In Christ, I Am Free From Sin (Know Your Union With Christ)

  • Know that all believers who were baptized in Christ were baptized (planted) into His death and burial. This means that we were spiritually immersed into His death. The Holy Spirit through our faith in Christ unifies and identifies us with the death of Jesus.
    Roman 6:3
  • Know that our “old man” (who you were before faith in Jesus) was crucified with Jesus. This means that you died to sin. Your sinful nature died. You are no longer a slave to sin nor do you have to serve it but you are free from sin.
    Romans 6:6-7
  • Know that all believers who were baptized in Christ were also raised up from the dead to walk in newness of life. Jesus was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father defeating everything evil including death. The Holy Spirit through our faith in Christ unifies and identifies us with the resurrection of Jesus. This enables us to live unto God.
    Romans 6:4-5; 8-10
  • Reckon these truths to be true. In the same way that Jesus was crucified dying unto sin and then was resurrected to live unto God, likewise, we are to see ourselves as dead to sin and alive unto God. This is only possible through Jesus Christ. Not only does He save us and promise us eternal life, but makes us a new creature who is able to overcome sin and live for God.
    Romans 6:11,22; Colossians 3:1–4

In Christ, I Am A New Man (Renew Your Mind)

  • We no longer act according to the “vanity of our minds,” but we are renewed in the spirit of our mind. Before we were saved, we were alienated from God and lived in sin, but now we have trusted in Christ and are no longer separated from God, therefore we have a new understanding that we are to live out. As believers, we think and act differently.
    Ephesians 4:17-24
  • The Holy Spirit is constantly renewing our minds through the Word of God. This renewing transforms the way that we live. We don’t live as unwise, not knowing what the will of the Lord is, but redeem the time living Holy Spirit-filled lives to the glory of God.
    Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:16–17; Ephesians 5:14–21; 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • As we renew our minds, we are to put off the old man—our sinful nature before faith in Christ. This old man is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. We are at war with our old man and we are to mortify those members of sin.
    Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:5–9
  • As we renew our minds, we are to put on the new man—our righteous nature after faith in Christ. This new man is created in righteousness and true holiness. It is created in the likeness of God. Based on our position in Christ as the elect of God, holy and beloved, we are to put on those things that are characteristic of God himself.
    Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10–14
  • Practically this means that we are to stop doing certain things and start doing other things. For example: we are to stop stealing and start giving; we are to stop using corrupt communication and start using edifying communication; we are to stop being bitter and start forgiving.
    Ephesians 4:25–32; 5:1–4

In Christ, I Am A Servant Of God (Yield Yourself To God)

  • We no longer yield to sin. We don’t have to let sin reign in our bodies. Sin has no dominion over us (we live under grace not the law). Spiritually we are righteous before God, but we still live in our earthly bodies that are capable of sinning. Our body and it’s members tempt us to sin, but we are to control them and not let them be instruments of unrighteousness—doing things against the will of God.
    Romans 6:12-15
  • We yield ourselves to God. Because of our union with Christ, we were made free from sin (we don’t serve sin) and became the servants of God. Therefore, we are to yield our members as instruments of righteousness—doing things according to the will of God.
    Romans 6:13, 16-23
  • We yield ourselves as living sacrifices. A sacrifice in the Old Testament was the offering of dead animals to God, but we no longer need to offer sacrifices because of Jesus’ death and resurrection; so our only reasonable service is to offer our entire lives to God, as if we were actually giving our lives like a sacrifice requires. This means we are willing to completely be yielded to God, living lives that are holy and acceptable to Him.
    Romans 12:1

Review Questions

  • How am I set free from sin?
  • What does it mean to be free from sin?
  • What does it mean to yield yourself to God?
  • What does it mean to renew our minds?
  • What does it mean to put off the old man and put on the new man?

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Firm Foundations Three (25 of 55) In Christ, I Am A Saint, Friend, And Son Of God

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In Christ, I Am A Saint, Friend, And Son Of God.

New Relationship: In Jesus Christ, you have a new relationship with God. You are no longer a sinner but a saint. You are no longer His enemy but His friend. You are no longer a stranger but a son. Through understanding our new relationships with God we will know how to better live out who we really are.

In Christ, I Am A Saint Of God Not A Sinner (Regenerated)

Ephesians 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Romans 1:7; Colossians 1:26

  • Our identity before we are saved is that of a sinner. Sin was the main characteristic of our lives and it is what defined us. But after we are saved, this is no longer true. Everyone “in Adam” (sinners) will die, but everyone “in Christ” (saints) shall all be made alive.
    1 Corinthians 15:22
  • Our identity after we are saved is found in Jesus Christ. We no longer find our identity in what we do but what Jesus has already done for us. Through the work of Jesus Christ, we have been made saints. A saint is a sinner who has been made holy through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus and not through anything he has done.
    Romans 4:14; Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Our identity as saints should cause us to yield our members as servants of righteousness unto holiness. You are freed from sin and it is no longer your master. You have been made a saint and are being sanctified. You are freed from the penalty of sin, given new life, being made more like Jesus, and one day will eternally live with Him in a sinless state.
    Romans 6:15–23
  • Our identity should match our practice. Conventional wisdom says, “What you do dictates who you are,” but the gospel changes this and says, “What Jesus did dictates who you are and who you are in Christ dictates what you should do.” As a saint, we still have the ability to sin and will sin until we are eternally with Jesus, but now that we have positionally been made holy in Christ, we should practically be holy in all our conduct.
    1 Peter 1:15-16

In Christ, I Am A Friend Of God Not An Enemy (Reconciled)

  • God hates sin. God hates those who sin. He hates them because they are contrary to who He is (holy, righteous, just). God cannot dwell with evil. Sinners must be punished and the wrath of God abides on them. But God also loves sinners and it is His kindness that leads us to repentance.
    Deuteronomy 12:31; 16:22; Psalm 5:4-6; 11:5; Proverbs 6:16-19; John 3:36; Romans 2:4
  • While we were still sinners, God sent His Son to die for us so that we could be saved from His wrath. God sent Jesus to suffer the penalty of His enemies so that they could be made His friends. Everyone who is in Christ has been declared righteous (justified) and has his relationship restored with his Creator (reconciled). This restored relationship gives us great joy.
    Romans 5:8-11
  • In Christ, we are no longer objects of God’s wrath, but can draw nigh to Him as a friend. Jesus laid down His life to make us friends. Positionally, we are friends of God. Practically, we show forth our friendship by doing whatsoever He commands us.
    John 15:13–15; Proverbs 18:24

In Christ, I Am A Son Of God Not A Stranger (Redeemed)

Galatians 3:26

  • In Christ, you become a child of God. God adopts you into His family. We are no longer “children of disobedience” or “children of wrath,” but are given power to become the sons of God.
    John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; 2:2-3
  • We can be adopted by God because He redeemed us through Jesus. No one becomes a son of God by his own will but must be born again. Although, every person was created by God and was made in His image, that doesn’t mean they are His children. Man was created to bear God’s image and worship Him but this was distorted by sin. Only in Christ, can we finally be restored to bear God’s image, truly worship him, and be called children of God.
    Galatians 4:4–7; John 3:3–21; Genesis 1: 26–27
  • As sons, He has given us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us, crying “Abba, Father” and bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. God is now our approachable Father. We know He cares for us. We no longer have to fear that we will be punished for our sin or scared of death.
    Romans 8:15
  • As sons, we are also heirs of God. An heir is someone who has the right to inherit whatever the father has prepared for him. We will inherit eternal life living in the kingdom of God where God himself will be with us and be our God.
    Romans 8:17; Matthew 25:34; Galatians 3:29; 4:7; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 1:12; 3:24; Hebrews 6:12; 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 21:3
  • Positionally, we are now sons, but won’t receive the full inheritance of our adoption until we get to heaven and therefore, groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption and the redemption of our body.
    1 John 3:2; Romans 8:23

Review Questions

  • What was the main characteristic of our lives before salvation? What is it now?
  • Because I am a Saint, how does this change what I do?
  • Am I God’s enemy? Does God hate me? Why?
  • How does a person become a child of God?
  • What are the privileges of being a child of God?

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Firm Foundations Three (24 of 55) In Christ, I Am Called, Justified, And Glorified By God

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In Christ, I Am Called, Justified, And Glorified By God.

New Standing: In Jesus Christ, you have a new standing with God. Your salvation is all by the grace of God. He has called you and saved you from the problem of sin. He has justified you and saved you from the penalty of sin. He has glorified you and will save you from the presence of sin. Through understanding our new standing with God, we will know we have a right relationship with Him and praise the glory of His grace.
Romans 8:30

In Christ, I Am Called (Saved From The Problem Of Sin)

  • Every person who is “in Christ” has been called by God. This means that God chose to save us according to His own will and not according to anything good in us. God through His love and grace decided to show forth His grace to us, who are completely unworthy of it. Therefore, being called by God, I know that I am loved.
    Acts 2:39; 13:48; Ephesians 1:4-6
  • The Bible says that God called those whom He foreknew and predestined, meaning that God determined to know us, save us, and change us before the world began. This shows that our salvation is all by the grace of God and not according to our works.
    Romans 8:28–29; 2 Timothy 1:9; Revelation 17:8
  • A person responds to the call of God through repentance and faith in Jesus. The gospel is preached and we willingly choose to respond to it through faith in Jesus. As a result, God saves us from the penalty of our sin, which is eternity in hell.
    2 Thessalonians 2:14; Acts 20:21; John 3:16
  • Through God’s grace we are part of “the called of Jesus Christ.” God called us out of darkness into His marvelous light; He called us unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord; He called us unto His kingdom and glory; He called us to be saints; He called us unto eternal life.
    Romans 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9–10; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:12

In Christ, I Am Justified (Saved From The Penalty Of Sin)

  • Justification means that God has completely forgiven our sins and gives us Jesus’ righteousness, therefore declaring us righteous or sinless. God no longer sees us as a sinner but as a righteous person. God sees our sins as belonging to Christ and Christ’s righteousness belonging to us. This happens the moment you repent and believe.
    2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3–9
  • Justification is only possible through faith in Jesus. Our works or obedience to the law can never forgive our sins and give us perfect righteousness. It is only through faith, trusting in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that we can be justified. We aren’t worthy of this amazing gift, but God has freely given it to us by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
    Romans 3:24, 26; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9
  • Justification is carried out by God. This is a legal action where God as a Judge, declares you righteous. Therefore, the price of all our sins have been forgiven (past, present, future). We will never be condemned because we are now righteous in the sight of God.
    Romans 8:1; 8:33
  • Justification results in peace with God. Now that we are made righteous we have perfect peace with God. Now we have a right relationship with God. All is made well. This should result in us having peace, no longer fearing God as a distant judge, but see Him as a close Father.
    Romans 5:1

In Christ, I Am Glorified (Saved From The Presence Of Sin)

  • Glorification is when we will actually become like Christ. Believers are already saved, forgiven, and justified (positional), but it isn’t until Christ returns that we will be glorified with Him (practical). Each day we are being sanctified, being made more like Christ, but when Christ returns we will be completely made like Him.
    Romans 8:17, 23–24; 1 Corinthians 15:22–23
  • Glorification means our bodies will be transformed. When a believer dies his body stays on the earth but his soul goes to be with God. But when the trumpet sounds, we will be raised and changed. We will receive new incorruptible, immortal, glorious, heavenly bodies.
    1 Corinthians 15:49–52; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2
  • Glorification means we will be present with God and eternally removed from sin. We will eternally enjoy our new relationship with God.
    Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17
  • Glorification is a blessing given to every believer by God. We need to remember that we are being made like Him today and in the end will be like Him only because of His grace. It is God that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
    2 Corinthians 3:18; Jude 24-25; John 17:17; 4:23

Review Questions

  • What does it mean to be called by God?
  • What does it mean to be justified by God?
  • What does it mean to be glorified by God?
  • Understanding these truths help us understand salvation is all of what?
  • Positionally, these truths already are true, but when will they practically be applied?

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