Brighton Church of Christ
Who I Am
As a Christian, I am a follower of Christ. This is who I am.
There are those who face an identity crisis. They have to go out and find themselves. The Scriptures reveal who I am spiritually when I obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no better place to learn the answer to this question than the First Epistle of Peter. Take a look:
I Am A Stranger And Pilgrim. Peter addressed "strangers" (1:1) and said, "I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims…" (2:11). We are dwelling in a strange land (Heb. 11:9-10, 13-16). We sing, "This world is not my home, I'm just a' passing thru. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; The angels beckon me from heaven's open door, And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."
I Am Elect. Peter described these scattered strangers as, "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (1:2). Elect is to be chosen. "But ye are a chosen generation…" (2:9). We are chosen in Christ (Eph. 1:3-4).
I Am Born Again. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again…" (1:3). Verse 23 says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." The gospel seed is the begetting seed (1 Cor. 4:15). This new birth is essential to kingdom entrance (Jn. 3:3-7).
I Am A Child Of God. Peter exhorted, "As obedient children…" (1:14). He went on to say, "…now the people of God…" (2:10). I became a child of God when I was baptized into Jesus Christ as Galatians 3:26-27 points out.
I Am Redeemed. 1 Peter 1:18-19 affirms I am "redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ…." Thus Paul wrote, "In whom [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins…"(Eph. 1:7).
I Am A Living Stone In A Spiritual House. 1 Peter 2:5 states, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house…" Paul penned, "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. 2:20-21).
I Am Royalty. Peter describes us as "a holy priesthood", "a royal priesthood, an holy nation"
(2:5, 9). The Lord "hath made us kings and priests unto God" (Rev. 1:6). Isn't it amazing what He has made me?
I Am Peculiar. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "a peculiar people". We are different and may be thought strange (4:4), but the word "peculiar" here is used in the sense of a people for God's own possession. Titus 2:14 teaches that Jesus "gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
I Am Called Out. "…that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (2:9). We are "the called of Jesus Christ" (Rom. 1:6), "called to be saints" (Rom. 1:7), "called in one body" (Col. 3:15), called by the "gospel" (2 Th. 2:14).
I Am A Christian. 1 Peter 4:16 says, "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian…." Luke reported, "….And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). As a Christian, I am a follower of Christ (2:21). This is who I am.
John Issac Edwards