The Star of Bethlehem - The Rest of the Story

 

As a child of God you have these blessings and
can answer the questions "Who Am I?" and "Why Am I Here?".

To see these Bible verses in booklet form, a much fuller explanation of each one,
thought-provoking questions, and summaries in pdf form,
click here.

I Am Chosen
Eph 1:3-4 God chose me before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.
2 Thes 2:13-14 He chose me to be saved from the beginning through the Spirit and belief in the truth.
Eph 1:11-12 He also chose me to be predestined for the praise of His glory.
John 15:16 I did not choose Him. He chose me. To be productive for Him.
Matt. 22:14 Many are invited, but I am one of the few that were chosen.
John 15:18-19 He chose me out of the world.
Rom. 11:5-6 He chose me by His grace. I hadn't done anything.
1 Pet. 2:9-10 I am chosen, royal, holy, and belonging to God to declare His praises.
Rom. 9:22-24 He called me and prepared me in advance for His glory.
John 17:22-24 My LORD and God, Jesus, wants to share His glory with me and be in unity with me.
Summary: I have been chosen, and have been blessed with the God-given value of His Holy Spirit,
because God wants to express Himself through me for His glory and mine.
I Am Adopted
Eph. 1:4-6 God predestined me to be adopted as His son to the praise of His glorious grace.
Gal. 4:4-7 He sent the Spirit of His Son into my heart and made me an heir with full rights as a son.
Rom. 8:15-17 I received the Spirit of sonship that testifies with my spirit that I am a child of God.
Gal. 3:26-28 I am a son of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Heb. 2:11 I am in the family of God. Jesus is my brother, and He is not ashamed to call me brother.
Heb. 2:17-18 Jesus made atonement for my sins as a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God.
Matt. 7:11 My Father gives good gifts when I ask Him.
Sumamry:

I have been adopted, and have been blessed with the full rights of a child of God,  

because God wants an intimate family relationship with me. 

I Am Redeemed
Eph. 1:7-8 I have been redeemed by Jesus. He paid the price for my sin by His death on the cross. My sin debt has been forgiven.
1 Pet. 1:18-19 I have been redeemed with the precious blood of Christ who is sinless - a sacrificial lamb without blemish or defect.
Rom. 4:25 Jesus died in my place for my sin. He was resurrected so that He sees me justified - just as if I'd never sinned.
Rom. 5:9-11 God reconciled me to Himself through Jesus' death to save me from His wrath for my sin.
Col. 1:21-22 I am reconciled to God by Christ's physical body through death. He sees me as holy, without blemish, and free from accusation.
Gal. 3:13-14 Christ redeemed me so that by faith, like Abraham, I might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Gen. 22:15-18 I am to be a blessing to the nations.
Gal. 3:6-9 I am justified by faith and am blessed along with Abraham.
Summary:

I have been redeemed, and have been blessed with the forgiveness of all my sins, 

because God wants me to be holy, blameless, and righteous in His sight. 

I Am Enlightened
Eph. 1:9-10 God made known to me the mystery of His will to bring all things under Christ's headship.
Eph. 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel, I am an heir with Israel and a sharer in the promise in Christ Jesus.
Eph. 3:10-11 God intends to use me to make known the wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
Eph. 6:10-12 My struggle now is against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, and the spiritual forces of evil - the RAPS.
Col. 1:13-18 Jesus created all things, including the RAPS, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. I am under His authority.
John 10:14-16 Jesus is the good shepherd. He laid down His life for me. There is only one good shepherd and He only has one flock.
John 14:26 God the Father sent the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, in Jesus' name to teach and remind me of everything Jesus taught.
Summary: I have been enlightened, and have been blessed with the knowledge of God's will
to bring all things under His headship, because God wants me to look to and follow Him.
I Am Purposed
Eph. 1:11-12 I have been chosen and predestined for the purpose of bringing praise to God's glory.
1 Cor. 3:7-9 I have one purpose - building God's kingdom, and I will be rewarded according to my labor
2 Cor. 5:1-9 God made me to be with Him so my goal should be to please Him as I live by faith and not by sight.
Isa. 55:8-12 God's Word will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. He uses me to share His Word.
2 Tim. 1:7-10 God's purpose and grace was given me before the beginning of time. I am to suffer for the gospel, because God has saved me.
Rom. 8:28 I love God and have been called according to His purpose so I know that in all things God works for my good.
Summary: I have been given purpose, and have been blessed with the privilege of living and working with God, because God wants me to work with Him in establishing his headship.
I Am Guaranteed
Eph. 1:13-14 I was included in Christ when I heard the Word of truth. Having believed, I have been given the Holy Spirit as my guarantee.
Rom. 4:16 The promise of eternal life came to me by faith through God's grace, and is guaranteed to all who have the faith of Abraham.
2 Cor. 1:21-22 God anointed me, set His seal of ownership on me, and put His Spirit in my heart as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Cor. 5:5 God gave me His Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing that I will fulfill His purpose to be with Him.
Rom. 8:31-39 Since I have been chosen by God, nothing in all creation can separate me from the love of God - that includes myself.
John 10:27-30 Jesus gives me eternal life as evidenced by my listening to and following His voice. No one can snatch me from my LORD's hand.
Summary: I have been guaranteed, and have been blessed with the assurance that God will never leave me, because God wants me to rest and be at peace in His infinite love.
I Am Empowered
Eph. 1:15-23 God gave me His great power. That power was exerted in Christ when God raised Him from the dead.
Rom. 1:16-17 The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Salvation implies being raised up with Christ.
1 Cor. 1:18 The message of the cross is the power of God. It is a message that declares that Jesus Christ died for my sin and rose again.
1 Cor. 2:3-5 Paul's message and preaching of the gospel was a demonstration of the Spirit's power so that our faith rests on God's power.
Eph. 3:16-21 Out of God's grace, He empowers me through His Spirit in my inner being so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith.
2 Cor. 12:8-10 Christ's power rests on me as I boast of my weaknesses. His power is made perfect in my weakness. When I am weak, then I am strong.
Summary:

I have been empowered, and have been blessed with God's Spirit and God's Word,

because God wants me to be effective in carrying out His will. 

I Am Enlivened
Eph. 2:4-5 By God's great love for me and His grace, I have been saved and made alive in Christ - even when I was dead in transgressions.
Gal. 2:20-21 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.
Rom. 6:1-10 I died to sin and was buried with Jesus through baptism so that I might live a new life
Rom. 6:18 I have been set free from sin and have become a slave to righteousness.
Rom. 6:11-14 I am dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ. I offer myself to God, and sin shall not be my master.
Rom. 12:1-2 I offer my body as a living sacrifce, holy and pleasing to God as my spiritual act of worship.
Summary: I have been made alive with Christ, and have been blessed with a unified relationship with the LORD, because God wants me to be included in bringing all things under His headship.
I Am Exalted
Eph. 2:6-7 God raised me up with Christ and seated me with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
Col. 3:1-4 Christ is seated at the right hand of God.   My life is hidden with Christ in God. When He comes, I will appear with Him in glory.
Matt. 23:11-12 Whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Phil. 2:3-11 Christ humbled Himself on a cross, and God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him a name above every name.
Eph. 1:3 God has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Eph. 3:10 God intends His manifold wisdom be made known through me to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
Eph. 6:10-12 My struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the RAPS.
2 Cor. 4:16-18 Outwardly I am wasting away, but inwardly I am being renewed every day. My light troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory.
Summary:

I have been exalted, and have been blessed with God's special privileges, 

because God wants to express His kindness to me to show His creation in the heavenly realms the incomparable riches of his grace. 

I Am Gifted
Eph. 2:8-9 I have been saved by grace through the gift of faith from God.
Rom. 5:15-17 I have received God's abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness so I will reign in life through Jesus Christ.
Rom. 6:22-23 The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus my LORD. I have been set free from sin and the wages of sin which is eternal death.
Rom. 11:26-32 God's gifts and His call are irrevocable.
1 Cor. 1:7 I do not lack any spiritual gift as I eagerly wait for my LORD Jesus Christ to be revealed.
1 Cor. 12:1 Paul wrote so that I would not be ignorant about spiritual gifts.
1 Cor. 14:12 I am to excel in God's gifts that build up the Church.
Summary: I have been given gifts, and have been blessed with grace, faith, righteousness, and eternal life apart from my own merit, because God wants me to remain humble before Him and my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
I Am Predestined
Eph. 2:10 I am God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for me to do.
Eph. 1:4-6 God chose me in Him before the creation of the world, and predestined me to be adopted as His son to the praise of His grace.
Eph. 1:11-12 In God, I was chosen and predestined according to His plan to bring Him glory.
Rom. 8:28-30 God foreknew and predestined me to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. He predestined, called, justified, and glorified me.
Rom. 9:22-24 God prepared me in advance for His glory. He called me, and wants to make known to me the riches of His glory.
Acts 17:24-28 God determined the exact time and place where I should live. He did this so that men would seek Him and find Him.
Summary: I have been predestined, and have been blessed with the security of knowing that God has a plan for my life, because God wants to display His glory in me.
I Am Invited
Eph. 3:10-12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Heb. 4:16 I can approach the throne of grace with confidence and receive mercy and find grace in my time of need.
1 Cor. 1:9 God called me into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ my LORD. He is faithful.
2 Cor. 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with me.
Matt. 11:28-30 God invites me to come to Him and promises He will give me rest.
Rev. 3:20 God wants me to hear His voice and open the door of my heart so that He can come in.
John 15:1-8 Jesus wants me to maintain a close relationship with Him through His Word, and He promises a close relationship with me if I do.
Summary:

I have been invited, and have been blessed with freedom and confidence  

in approaching God, because God wants to fellowship with me.


To see these Bible verses in booklet form, a much fuller explanation of each one, thought-provoking questions, and summaries in pdf form, click here.

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