You’ve probably played the party game: Somebody tapes a name of some famous person to your back and you mingle around asking questions as you try to figure out who you are. I’m embarrassed to say I never figured mine out before I got too sore from all the partygoers kicking me!
But if you’d like to play, imagine that God has placed a name on your back. Now go on wandering about in your daily existence and ask questions to deduce who you are.
1. “Am I an animal?”
Nope. After God finished creating the animals after the animal kind, “Then God [Elohim in Hebrew] said, Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness … male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26-27). This says “Our” because God before He became the Father—when Jesus was born—and The Word which was Jesus before He became the Son (John 1), were creating humans to become part of their family. Jesus quoted “You are gods [Elohim], And all of you are children of the Most High” (Psalm 82:6, John 10:34). Your destiny is to be born at the resurrection into the God family!
2. “Do I have an immortal soul?”
Plato and other philosophers influenced everybody to think so, but the Bible says you became a soul rather than you have a soul (Genesis 2:7) and the soul that sins will die (Ezekiel 18:4).
3. “Am I just physical then?”
Nope. You have a “spirit in man”—what puts you on a higher plane than animals—which is meant to be united with God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11) when the Father chooses that the time is right to call you (John 6:44).
4. “Am I called now?”
If you understand such spiritual concepts, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
5. “Am I just the nobody I feel like?”
God the Father did not spare His own Son for you and He plans to freely give you all things (Romans 8:32). He is ready to share His divine nature with you (2 Peter 1:4).
6. “Am I just going to end up failing such a wondrous purpose for living?”
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:6). Maybe you don’t want to let me get started with you, but please let God!
7. “Wow! But what’s the name I’m supposed to deduce?”
“He who overcomes … I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem … And I will write on him my new name” (Revelation 3:12).
Then you will know who you are! For now it’s pretty good being God’s son or daughter with such a future!
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