Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
—James 1:18-19 (NLT)
The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies reveal His craftmanship. But out of all His creation, we are God’s prized possession. He fashioned us in His image and created us to know Him. The Word existed with God, and in Jesus, became flesh like us, but unlike us, He was without sin. God chose to birth His life in us through the gift of His Son’s life for our sins. When we believe by faith in Jesus, His righteousness is gifted to us. Then we are no longer just one of His creations. God claims us as His children. He is our Father. We are prized and loved by Him—heirs to all of His promises.
Have we experienced the glory of Jesus, who came from the Father full of grace and truth? We say we believe, but do we? If we did, wouldn't we live in His freedom unhindered by fear? Wouldn’t we be free in His grace to experience forgiveness without retribution—to receive peace without hesitation—to know joy without a doubt? Perhaps we don’t realize the fullness of the miracle Jesus has given us.
Just as God is three-in-one, so are you. You are spirit, mind (soul), and body (flesh). The righteousness of Jesus now owns your spirit because that is where you were born again. You didn't partially receive Jesus when you were born again. You fully received all of His new life. When you are renewed in your mind by His Spirit, you are transformed by His righteousness. You believe and belief shapes who you are. When you believe in what you have received, your perception changes from yours to God's. You see with His eyes. You behold God in all of His beauty and wonder. You experience the freedom and joy of His love. You experience the fact that God sent His Word in His Son, Jesus, and healed you in spirit, mind (soul), and body (flesh). You believe that you have received the promises of your Father. Your body (flesh) lives out what your mind believes.
Jesus told the disciples that the Holy Spirit would come and guide them into all truth. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a divine revelation of what Jesus has done for you. He has taken your sins from you and given you His righteousness. You are forgiven. You can go freely to your Father and rest in His presence. The Word became flesh in Jesus, and that Word was fulfilled in Jesus. Every sin was taken to the Cross, and you have risen with Jesus in righteousness. Jesus said on the Cross that His work was finished. There was nothing more to be done. God sent His Word and healed you in spirit, mind, and body.
Do you struggle with who you are in Jesus? When you don’t understand fully what Jesus has done for you, you will have fear. Peace will come and go. Don't struggle! The love of your Father never changes. He is the same as He was yesterday, and He will be the same in the future. God is not the author of evil. Whatever is good and perfect in our lives is His gift. Jesus came into the world to save it—not to condemn it. There is no condemnation in Him. God is redeeming love full of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
“May God himself,” Paul wrote, “the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NIV).
In Jesus, you are God’s most magnificent creation. Let Him reveal it to you and transform your understanding.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher
Picture by Karen Wilson Photography
Picture by Karen Wilson Photography