Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine . . .
bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.
ISAIAH 43:1b, 6-7 (ESV)
Does the clay say to him who forms it, “What are you making?”
or “Your work has no handles”?
Woe to him who says to a father, “What are you begetting?”
or to a woman, “With what are you in labor?”
Thus says the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
Ask me of things to come;
will you command me concerning my
children and the work of my hands?
ISAIAH 45:9-11 (ESV)
You are a . . . people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 PETER 2:9 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,
he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy,
useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
2 TIMOTHY 2:21 (ESV)
(Note: In Biblical context, the word holy usually means set apart for God.
The opposite of holy is common, referring to things that may be used by anyone.
By virtue of baptism, all Christians are holy ones, saints set apart for God
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.)
For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand,
that we should walk in them.
EPHESIANS 2:8-10 (ESV)
…And I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:18 (ESV)
For we have this treasure in jars of clay,
to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:7 (ESV)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
within you, whom you have from God?
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.
So glorify God in your body.
1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20 (ESV)
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness,
but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought
from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
ROMANS 6:12-14 (ESV)
Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name . . .
JESUS in MATTHEW 6:9 (ESV)
What does this say about our identity… that Jesus wants us to pray “Our Father”?