How does God See Us?
Who We Are In God’s Eyes

By Pastor Dan Kennedy
©  July 25, 2010
www.pastorkennedy.com
pastorkennedy@gmail.com 

Most people struggle with understanding our own personal value.  Are we living a worthwhile life?  We often are in a huge battle in our mind, body and spirit…

•	We struggle with who we are and what our place is in this world.
•	We struggle with not being as successful and as accepted by others as we would like.
•	We struggle with finding true purpose and honorable fulfillment.
•	We struggle with not knowing all the knowledge, information and wisdom that we want to have, but also knowing that we cannot handle the inundation and complexity of the overwhelming volume of information and knowledge that washes over us every day!
•	We struggle with the pressure of work responsibilities, the pain of relationships that have gone awry, and the problem of financial insufficiency.  
•	We struggle with what we feel is our lack of intellect, emotions and physical characteristics that are not as beautiful, not as strong and not as healthy as we want us to be – in comparison to others we might admire.
•	We struggle with past failures, present conflicts and future insecurities.
•	We struggle with the depravity and carnality of our flesh. 
•	We struggle with the injustice, immorality and corruptness of the world – that crowd around us, pressing us, luring us – wanting to draw us into a downward spiraling vortex of temporary happiness and tormenting hell. 
•	We struggle with the diabolical impressions and deception of our spiritual enemy on our lives – who pinpoints his focus on our weaknesses with debilitating flaming darts seeking to penetrate and damage our very soul.

It is within the confusion, struggle and chaos of these voices (every day… or even moment by moment), clamoring around us, pressing us, demeaning us, cajoling us and condemning us, that we barely hear another Voice quietly speaking in the depths of our spirit.  If we listen closely enough, we can discern a still, small, invisibly quiet Voice that tells us of another, more worthy purpose, hope and future.  If we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we will have this hope.  We can hardly believe that this Voice is actually speaking to us, and about us, but somehow we can confirm the authenticity of His Message through the Bible and through those who truly know God around us!  This Voice is God’s Voice speaking about me!

All of us have felt this tension and sadness of struggles in ourselves and with the world around us.  These are not struggles purely within our imagination.  They, most often are real struggles, with real emotions, and with real unseen negative spiritual forces.

We have also felt the prompting of this other Voice from God to our hearts.  We look at the profoundness of creation around us.  We see the complexity of who we are – our mind, our fantastically made body, our soul…our ability to communicate and understand those around us.  We can rightly come to the conclusion that we have a Creator who is personally involved in our daily being – who loves us and wants us to know His love.  We can come to the realization that we can trust Him.

Our life is not one which just includes a routine of living our life, going to work, having hobbies, getting some things, finding some friends, getting married, having kids, retiring and dying.  Our life has meaning and our Creator means for us to have a meaningful life here and an eternal life after we die…an everlasting life that is not confused with the sin, pain, suffering and death that is found in this world.  It is an everlasting life revealed in the Bible, if we take the time to see it and choose to follow it!

“There is no God…”
Someone might say, “There is no God.  All of this religious stuff is hocus-pocus!  What are you trying to con us into with all this talk about God and heaven? …We came from nothing and go to nothing.  It’s just as simple as that.”  

Is it that simple?  There are only three possibilities of life, given the fact that there is dynamic life all around us with no other plausible explanations.   We do not live “primitive” lives on this perfectly placed planet in our solar system, with amazing atmosphere, water, abundant food, foliage and living creatures, seemingly alone in the vastness of trillions of galaxies in a universe with trillions and trillions of stars.

Only Three Possibilities of life…any it may be in our understanding of where we came from that gives us meaning in life, or takes that meaning away (as noted by Francis Schaefer).

  Nothing made us – we are fools made by enormous mistakes with no purpose whatsoever except selfishness, death and annihilation.  What meaning do we have if we were born with no value and are annihilated at our death?
  An impersonal creator made us (an alien “seeded” an already perfect planet suited for life?) and left us to fend for ourselves to live a meaningless life and die a meaningless death; or
  A Personal Creator made us, knows all about us, loves us, redeems us from sin, and has an eternal plan for us!

Choose what is most comforting to your mind given the fact that we are inexplicably alive, thinking, reasoning people who eat organic food to live longer, make fantastic computers, build Hubble telescopes, and send astronauts into space (but have no ability ourselves to create life or life-sustaining planets…in our home galaxy - the Milky Way).  Is the most foolish choice believing in a Personal Creator God?

God’s Plan for Us
God, the Creator of heaven and earth, looks at His Children with loving Parent’s Eyes, according to the most revered, most published, and most affirmed Book in the history of the world – the Bible.  God sees us with great value now, and who we will be, because of who He wants us to become.  He died to show us the value that He has placed on our lives.  His future plans for us have no end…they are eternal.  We do not undermine our intelligence when we talk of eternity, because we speak of a God who created everything in our vast universe!  He is beyond our explanations! 
Can God speak to our hearts?  He made us didn’t He?  He can certainly communicate with us!  He can surely reveal Himself, His plan and purposes for us!  And, He has given us His Word, the Bible, to communicate with everyone His eternal plans.

When the Bible speaks about what God thinks about us, we can expect it to be accurate.  

Those who, in faith, accept the reality of God’s Voice and apply its blessing to their lives, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, will find a peace that passes understanding.  

Those who continue to listen to and believe the chaotic, confusing and demeaning voices of the world, flesh and devil surrounding them, will find themselves caught up and ever drawn toward the destructive vortex of the sinister tornado of spiritual deception and death that entangles and destroys the souls on the wide road of life, leading to destruction.

Today we are looking at three ways that God sees us as His Children…it may give us a different way of seeing ourselves even though there can be overwhelming pressure in the loud din of the world, flesh and devil surrounding us!

Who are we in God’s Eyes?

1.	We are Aliens in this fallen World, but Fellow Citizens with God’s Saints 
2.	We are Children of the Most High God, and heirs together of an Eternal Inheritance, and,
3.	We are Students of the Word of Life  

When we look at the Bible and see pictures of who we are as Believers in Jesus Christ, in God’s Eyes, it might be hard to perceive this spiritual dimension clearly.


1.	We are Aliens in this Fallen World, but Fellow Citizens with God’s Saints 

Ephesians 2:12, 13a, gives a good summary of who we were without Christ.

Who We Were without Christ…

•	We were Separated from Christ
•	We were Alienated from God’s Chosen People
•	We were Strangers to the Covenants of Promise
•	We had no Hope (or assurance) of a relationship with God and eternal life
•	We were without God in the world
•	We were far off from God…

Ephesians 2
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off…

Ephesians 2:13-22 gives a Scriptural summary of who we are in Christ

Who We Are With Christ…

•	We are brought near to God through the blood of Christ
•	We are made one with God’s Chosen People 
•	We have had the Law condemning us to be Abolished (through Christ’s finished work) 
•	We are brought into peace in God’s Family through Christ Jesus
•	We have access in one Spirit, to God the Father, through Christ
•	We are no longer strangers and aliens to God
•	We are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God – 
o	Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 
o	Having Jesus Christ as our Cornerstone
o	Part of a growing Holy Temple in the Lord – a Dwelling Place for God, by His Spirit!

 Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. 

God did not mean us to work our way to Him, He meant us to come to Him in faith.

Opposite to faith, some religions try work-related ways to find God.

I recently found this article in the news about the problems of certifying one’s Jewish heritage in Israel.  I am thankful that becoming part of God’s family does not require authentication of a legalistic, human source.

Row rages over defining who is a Jew

By Adam Mynott
BBC News, Jerusalem

There are some 400,000 Jewish folks in Israel who are not considered to be Jews, because they have not “converted” to orthodox Judaism...the following is a link to an interesting article on the subject.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10688920

The ultra-orthodox coalition is lobbying for the bill to only authorize the top ultra-orthodox rabbis to authenticate who is Jewish and who is not.  This has become a great controversy. 

How would you like it if only the pastors of a church or executive leaders of a denomination decided if you were a true Christian or not?  

Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul had to deal with in a legalistic Jewish system when they were on the earth.  Jesus called the leaders of the Jewish system of religion in His day, “whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones” and “snakes” in Matthew 23:27-33.  Paul spent the whole book of Galatians rebuffing their legalistic teaching of salvation through “works”, reiterating that “the just shall live by faith” and those “who rely on the works of the law are under a curse”! (Galatians 3:10-14, etc.)  

The Scriptures declare that becoming a Christian is by grace through faith alone …not of doing certain things, or not doing certain things – “works” we call it – lest we proudly boast about what we have done to prove the certainty of our salvation! 

Ephesians 2:8, 9
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 
(See also 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; Romans 3:20, 28; and 1 Corinthians 1:29)

The book of James clearly asserts that good works reveal, or affirm God’s grace and saving faith, but are not the cause of salvation!  Works that are honorable to God follow after salvation.  Enduring works are empowered by the Presence of the Holy Spirit – a Presence only in the lives of those who are born again and have salvation.

God looks on those who believe in Jesus Christ as Aliens in this World, but Fellow Citizens with God’s Saints from the foundation of the world.  These are Children of God and heirs together of promise.


2.  God’s Eyes see us as His Children - Children of the Most High God, and heirs together of an Eternal Inheritance 

The following passages in the Bible reveal to us two things.  

A.  Those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, becoming His follower, are born again to be Children of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

B.	  Those who are Children of God are heirs of eternal life and the inheritance given to us, by God.

God gives those who believe on and receive Christ for the remission of sins, the right to become Children of God – God looks on us as His Children.

John 1
10 He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 

1 John 3:1-3
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

If we are God’s Children, then we are also heirs of His eternal Inheritance for us!
God looks on us as those for whom He has prepared a place and who will receive His inheritance.

John 14
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Romans 8:16, 17
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.  (See also Philippians 2:14-16)

Galatians 3:28
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Titus 3
5 he (God) saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 9:15
15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Who are we in God’s Eyes?

1.	  We are Aliens in this fallen World, but Fellow Citizens with God’s Saints; 
2.	  We are Children of the Most High God, and heirs together of an Eternal Inheritance; and,
3.  We are Students of the Word of Life.  


3.  In God’s Eyes we should be Students of His Book, the Word of Life – the Bible  

Our Creator did not leave us without purpose or without direction.  He, through His Spirit, gave His Word, to men of God who recorded the Bible.  It is through this written record that we understand who God is and what He wants us to be.

2 Peter 1
19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Scripture gives our mind and heart clear and meaningful resource as we meditate on it.

Joshua 1
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

We will be blessed as we meditate on God’s Word.

Psalm 1
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and  night. 

We will be approved by God and unashamed as His servants, if we honorably know and respond to His Word.

2 Timothy 2
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Meditation on God’s Word allows His Spirit to more effectively renew our minds.

Romans 12
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Being Student of the Word of Life, the Bible, means that what we follow is not always the latest fad.  It means we do not sleep around when everyone else is doing it.  It means we are honorable to our family and have integrity on our job.  It means that when we face injustice or inter-relational problems, we do so Biblically.  

If we are going to know what the Bible says about our daily life, we must find out what the Bible teaches about God and how we should live.  We must seek to live Biblically, empowered by the Holy Spirit.  

Conclusion

Who are we in God’s Eyes?

1.	  We are Aliens in this fallen World, but Fellow Citizens with God’s Saints; 
2.	  We are Children of the Most High God, and heirs together of an Eternal Inheritance; and,
3.	  We are Students of the Word of Life.  

Since God looks on us as His Children, Fellow Citizens with His Saints throughout the history of the world, and since He has promised to give His Children their Eternal Inheritance, we should be Students of His Word, honorable to Him, following the truth of His Word, seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives, and reaching out to bring others who do not know Him, into the eternal blessing of His Kingdom!

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