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7.

WHO WE
ARE IN CHRIST

1. MEMORY
VERSES

John 8:31,32
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John 8:31,32
To the Jews who had believed him,
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Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching,
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you are really my disciples. 32 Then
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you will know the truth, and the truth
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will set you free.
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Colossians 3:16
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly
as you teach and admonish one another with all
wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from
the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your
hearts.

2.
INTRODUCTION

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The more we know and believe


the truth of Scripture about who
we have become in Christ, the
more thankful, confident,
Christlike and fully assured we
will be in this world.

When we don't realize who we are in


Christ, our faith will be far from
complete, we wont exercise our
authority in Christ, we will not look like
Jesus and will find it hard to minister
like Him.
Satan wants you to feel unworthy and
unable to walk in the power of God.

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THE TRUTH IS THAT WE, BY


OUR OWN POWER AND
EFFORT, ARE UNWORTHY, BUT
IT IS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
THAT MAKES US WORTHY.

A practical session:
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this is best seen by reading the Bible
and then working to understand and
take hold of the truths revealed. If, by
faith, we start living according to the
verses mentioned below then a firm
foundation will be built.

A practical session:
We have our own responsibility in
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understanding the foundation of who we
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are
in
Christ
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this is best seen by reading the Bible
and then working to understand and
take hold of the truths revealed. If, by
faith, we start living according to the
verses mentioned below then a firm
foundation will be built.

This section will be very practical in nature


- we shall read the verse and think / meditate upon
itsome are printed in the notes, others you will
have to look up for yourself.
- then we shall write out the verse in our own words

- then we shall write out any promises /


responsibilities or commands that come through it
- we shall finish by praying the verse (sometimes
publicly, at others privately) here

3. WE RECEIVE
A NEW LIFE

At the end of each section

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.
What difference would it make if you
truly believed and lived this truth in
your life?

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.
What difference would it make if you
truly believed and lived this truth in
your life?
What does the verse command you to
do?

We have eternal life (John 3:16).


For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life.

God has poured His love into our hearts


by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
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God has poured His love into our hearts


by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
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5 And hope does not put us to shame,
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because Gods love has been poured out
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into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,
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who has been given to us.

We have received the testimony of the


Spirit (Romans 8:16).
We have been given the mind of Christ
(1 Corinthians 2:16).
for, Who has known the mind of the
Lord so as to instruct him? But we
have the mind of Christ.

Our bodies have become temples of


the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
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Our bodies have become temples of


the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
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Do you not know that your bodies are
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temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
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whom you have received from God? You
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are not your own;

We have available to us the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1


Corinthians 12:411).
We have become part of the body of Christ (1
Corinthians 12:27).
We have the Holy Spirit as the seal of His ownership in
our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22).

We have been redeemed from the curse of the law


(Galatians 3:13).
We have been sealed by the Spirit (Ephesians 1:1314).

We have been made alive with Christ


(Colossians 2:13).
13 When you were dead in your sins
and in the uncircumcision of your
flesh, God made you[a] alive with
Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

We have been renewed by the Holy


Spirit (Titus 3:5).
We have been born again of the Word
of God (1 Peter 1:23).
We have been forgiven and washed
clean in the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7
9).We have been born of God (1 John
2:29).

4. WE ENTER A
NEW
RELATIONSHIP
WITH GOD

At the end of each section

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.
What difference would it make if you
truly believed and lived this truth in
your life?

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.
What difference would it make if you
truly believed and lived this truth in
your life?
What does the verse command you to
do?

We have become children of God (John


1:12; Romans 8:16).
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We have become children of God (John


1:12; Romans 8:16).
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The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit
that we are Gods children.
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We know the only true God (John 17:3).


We have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
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We know the only true God (John 17:3).


We have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
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Therefore, since we have been justified
through faith, we have peace with God
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through our Lord Jesus Christ,
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We are reconciled to God (Romans


5:10).
For if, while we were Gods enemies,
we were reconciled to him through
the death of his Son, how much more,
having been reconciled, shall we be
saved through his life!

Not only are we children, but we are


sons of God (Romans 8:15).
We have become co-heirs with Christ
(Romans 8:17).
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Not only are we children, but we are


sons of God (Romans 8:15).
We have become co-heirs with Christ
(Romans 8:17).
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Now if we are children, then we are heirs
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heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if
indeed we share in his sufferings in order
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that we may also share in his glory.
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We are Christs possession (1


Corinthians 3:23, NLT.
and you belong to Christ, and Christ
belongs to God.

We have been transformed into His


likeness with ever increasing glory
which comes from the Lord (2
Corinthians 3:18).
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We have been transformed into His


likeness with ever increasing glory
which comes from the Lord (2
Corinthians 3:18).
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And we all, who with unveiled faces
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contemplate the Lords glory, are being
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transformed into his image with ever____________________________________
increasing glory, which comes from the
Lord, who is the Spirit.
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We are a new creation in Christ (2


Corinthians 5:17).
We are crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20).
20 I have been crucified with Christ
and I no longer live, but Christ lives in
me. The life I now live in the body, I
live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave himself for me

We are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).


We are alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
We are members of Gods household (Ephesians
2:19).
We can approach God with freedom and confidence
(Ephesians 3:12).

We can be confident that He who


began a good work in us will carry it on
to completion (Philippians 1:6).
We can do all things in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 4:13).
I can do all this through him who
gives me strength.
For I can do everything through
Christ, who gives me strength.(NLT)

We are qualified to share in His inheritance


(Colossians 1:12).
We belong to God (1 Peter 2:9).
We participate in the divine nature (2 Peter
1:4).
Through these he has given us his very
great and precious promises, so that
through them you may participate in the
divine nature, having escaped the
corruption in the world caused by evil
desires.

5.WE HAVE
BEEN SET FREE
FROM SIN

At the end of each section

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.
What difference would it make if you
truly believed and lived this truth in
your life?

At the end of each section


Take 2-3 of the verses we have just read
and write them in your own words
this helps you to understand better.
What difference would it make if you
truly believed and lived this truth in
your life?
What does the verse command you to
do?

We are set free from bondage (John


8:3136).
We have been set free from sin
(Romans 6:18).
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We are set free from bondage (John


8:3136).
We have been set free from sin
(Romans 6:18).
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You have been set free from sin
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and have become slaves to
righteousness.
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We are no longer under condemnation


(Romans 8:1).
Therefore, there is now no
condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus,
We should set our minds on what the
Spirit desires (Romans 8:56).
We have been saved from the
consequences of sin (Romans 10:13).

We have been made righteous and holy


(1 Corinthians 1:30).
We are washed, sanctified and justified
(1 Corinthians 6:11).
11 And that is what some of you
were. But you were washed, you were
sanctified, you were justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by
the Spirit of our God.

We are redeemed (Ephesians 1:7).


We no longer live gratifying the cravings
of our sinful nature (Ephesians 2:3).
We are no longer objects of wrath
(Ephesians 2:3).
We have been saved by grace through
faith (Ephesians 2:8).
8 For it is by grace you have been
saved, through faithand this is not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God

We are forgiven (Colossians 1:14).


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We are complete in Christ (Colossians


2:10 AV).
Our nature is changed (Colossians 3:9
10).
We are cleansed from a guilty
conscience (Hebrews 10:22).

We are complete in Christ (Colossians


2:10 AV).
Our
nature
is
changed
(Colossians
3:9
For he has rescued us from the dominion of
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darkness and brought us into the kingdom
of the
he loves,
14 ainguilty
whom we have
We
are Son
cleansed
from
redemption,
the
forgiveness
of
sins.
conscience (Hebrews 10:22).

We have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).


We have died to sin and live to
righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).
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We have been cleansed from past sin (2
Peter 1:9).

We have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).


We have died to sin and live to
righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).
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He himself bore our sins in his body
on the cross, so that we might die to sins
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and live for righteousness; by his
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wounds
you
have
been
healed.
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We have been cleansed from past sin (2
Peter 1:9).

6. WE ARE SET
APART IN THE
WORLD

We are more than conquerors through


Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).
We are ambassadors of Christ (2
Corinthians 5:20).
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We are more than conquerors through


Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).
We are ambassadors of Christ (2
Corinthians 5:20).
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We are therefore Christs ambassadors,
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as though God were making his appeal
through us. We implore you on Christs
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behalf: Be reconciled to God.
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We live by faith in the Son of God


(Galatians 2:20).
We have been crucified to the world
(Galatians 6:14).
14 May I never boast except in the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through
which the world has been crucified to
me, and I to the world.

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(Ephesians 2:6).
We are fellow citizens with Gods
people and members of Gods
household (Ephesians 2:19).

We have been rescued from the


dominion of darkness and brought into
the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).
For he has rescued us from the
dominion of darkness and brought us
into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

We
havebeen
beenrescued
raised upfrom
with the
Christ and
We
have
seated
in heavenly
dominion
of darkness
andplaces
brought into
the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).

For he has rescued us from the


dominion of darkness and brought us
into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

We have been given the hope of glory


(Colossians 1:27).
We are looking forward to a new
heaven and a new earth, the home of
righteousness (2 Peter 3:12).
We have overcome the world (1 John
5:45).

We have been given the hope of glory


(Colossians 1:27).
We are looking forward to a new
heaven and a new earth, the home of
righteousness (2 Peter 3:12).
We have overcome the world (1 John
5:45).

7. QUESTIONS
AND
DISCUSSION
POINTS

1. Why do so many Christians not seem


to be living in the good of all that is
there for them in Christ Jesus? Discuss.
2. Do we have to live this way alone, or
do we have help? (John 14:26; John
16:1315).

3. When we begin to live in the good of


who we are in Christ, what response can
we expect from the world? Discuss.
(John 15:1816:4).

8. SUMMARY
AND
APPLICATION

1. We have a glorious inheritance when we


are in Christ Jesus.

2. We need to put behind us the excuse of


not knowing and learn who we are in Christ
from Gods Word and then live in the good
of this.

3. We need to die to our old life and


nature and live as Christ Jesus intends us to,
being obedient to God the Father and
living in the power of the Holy Spirit.

ASSIGNMENT

A foundation has to be laid. We have our own


responsibility in laying this foundation in our lives, using
the riches which we have been given in Christ. If, by faith,
we start living in the verses mentioned above then a firm
foundation will be built.

In the next few weeks use your daily quiet time to go


through these verses. It will be helpful to use the
following steps:

1. Think about the verse, meditate on it.


2. Write it in your own words.
3. What is the promise given here?
4. And what is the responsibility that
comes with it?
5. Does this promise meet a need in
your life? If yes, why? If not, why?

6. Thank God for the riches received,


but tell Him what you find difficult.
7. Accept the promise in faith.
8. What does the Bible say is the
condition that comes with the promise.
Apply this to your daily circumstances.

CONCLUSION

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you


teach and admonish one another with all wisdom,
and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
(Colossians 3:16)

Through these He has given us His very great and


precious promises, so that through them you may
participate in the divine nature and escape the
corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
(2 Peter 1:4)

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate


those who through faith and patience inherit what has
been promised.
(Hebrews 6:12)

THE END