What is the Holy Spirit? And how do we receive the Spirit? – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 2

What is the Holy Spirit? As a spirit, you cannot see the Spirit.  The Spirit is invisible.  But the Spirit is God, God’s true spiritual being.  The Spirit is equal to God in every way.  In Scripture we see various descriptions of the Spirit. The Spirit came like a dove alighting on Jesus during hisContinue reading “What is the Holy Spirit? And how do we receive the Spirit? – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 2”

Why it is good that Jesus left – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1

Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1 Which of the three persons of the Trinity do you identify most with?  God the Father, Jesus (who is God the Son), or the Spirit of God?  My guess is that for many (most?) the Spirit is in third place.  Why?  Because God the father is God. Continue reading “Why it is good that Jesus left – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1”

How to identify with Jesus – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 5

How do we fully identify with Jesus? It can be hard to know what this means.  It must go back to what Jesus himself taught in John 15.  This is the parable of the vine and the branches, and in it Jesus teaches what is perhaps his most important teaching about our identity.  Turn thereContinue reading “How to identify with Jesus – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 5”

Are you hiding who you truly are? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 4

So often we struggle with our identity.  Do you struggle with who you are? Have you ever hidden your identity? What is your true identity? I want to bring up a story of a man who hid his identity. You can read about it in a Bible in Luke 22, starting in verse 54. ThisContinue reading “Are you hiding who you truly are? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 4”

Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “eternal life”?  Probably heaven right?  Life after death. But that’s not the only way that Jesus talked about the new life that we can have in him.  In John 10:10 he would go on to say that he came that people would haveContinue reading “Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3”

Who we really are in Christ – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 2

Think about how you see yourself. Is it the same as who you are? Is it possible that your self-identity is different from who you really are? I think it is very possible. Consider people that think they are losers, failures, or many other negative words. Perhaps other people told them that. Perhaps they didContinue reading “Who we really are in Christ – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 2”

What is the Trinity and what is Jesus' role in the Trinity? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 1

Have you heard of the idea that God is a Trinity? Can you explain it? The Trinity is how we Christians view God.  The word Trinity is a combination of two words: Tri-unity, meaning that God is Three, but One.  Because that math doesn’t add up, three doesn’t equal one, people have used illustrations orContinue reading “What is the Trinity and what is Jesus' role in the Trinity? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 1”

How to move out of the crowd and get near to God – Our Identity: In God, Part 5

Remember the parable of the princess who hid her identity, and never spent time with her father, the king? There’s more to the story.  The princess was an adopted child of the king with all the rights, benefits and privileges of being in his royal family. But she did not actually spend time to getContinue reading “How to move out of the crowd and get near to God – Our Identity: In God, Part 5”

The rights and privileges we have as adopted children of God – Our Identity: In God, Part 4

When my wife, Michelle, and I were talking about this idea of being adopted as God’s children, she reminded me of one of her favorite parts of the adoption ceremonies. At those adoption ceremonies one of the final components is that the judge reads the decree of adoption.  In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a decreeContinue reading “The rights and privileges we have as adopted children of God – Our Identity: In God, Part 4”

My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3

I have been inside a courtroom for official court proceedings six times in my life.  The first time was my fault.  I was 17, very guilty, and scared to death.  I’m not going into the whole story today. If you want to learn more, I’ve written about it here. The summary is that I wasContinue reading “My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3”