identity

No Liars in Heaven

July 1, 2015 // 58 Comments

With our new identity securely grounded in our union with Christ, we can begin to understand why the Bible draws big fat lines between who we are and who we used to be: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor [...]

The Chief of Sinners

June 3, 2015 // 48 Comments

The apostle of grace called himself the “chief of sinners” (1 Tim 1:15) and ever since then Christians have been confused about their identity. They say things like “I’m a sinner saved by grace” even though the Bible declares they are a saint (Eph 1:1, Php 1:1). So what are you? A saint or a sinner or a [...]

What Pleases the Lord?

October 22, 2014 // 50 Comments

Scripture exhorts us to “find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph 5:10). Do you know what pleases the Lord? You do! You are his dearly-loved child and your heavenly Father is thrilled to bits with you. You need to know this otherwise you will spend your life trying to earn what you already have. You’ll fall [...]

Your Glorious New Past

August 3, 2011 // 12 Comments

When you got saved you were probably told a lot of wonderful things about your future. “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” You may have also been told some wonderful things about your present. “We’re living in the kingdom now!” But you probably didn’t hear too many wonderful things about your [...]

“What’s So Amazing About Grace?” by Philip Yancey

May 24, 2011 // 11 Comments

I only just got around to reading Philip Yancey’s 1997, award winning book, What’s So Amazing About Grace? When a friend gave me this book several years ago I mistook it for another book I thought I had already read it. But a few weeks ago I picked it up, got whacked in the guts by the story at the start of [...]

Who Do You Think You Are?

April 24, 2011 // 14 Comments

Easter is the time we celebrate new life in Christ. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). I’m sure you’ve quoted this verse many times before but have you really thought about what it means to be new? You are not merely improved, modified, tweaked, re-conditioned, [...]

Son or Sinner – What Are You Confessing?

January 10, 2011 // 44 Comments

Imagine hearing a sermon like this: “Marriage is wonderful. Marriage is a gift from God. God wants everyone to enjoy the gift of marriage. If you give Him just $50 today, God is so faithful that He will release upon you the blessed state of marriage.” How would you respond to that invitation? If you were a [...]

Son, Servant, or Friend of God?

October 4, 2010 // 52 Comments

How do you mainly identify with God? As a (a) servant of God, (b) a friend of God, or (c) a son of God? When a friend posed this question on his Facebook page yesterday, I was so surprised at the results, that I decided to poll E2R readers on E2R’s FB page. (Before you read on, answer the question for [...]