Acts 11.26 ESV26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
TEXT 1 John 3.1-2 ESV1See 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.
“Jesus’ followers find their identity and mission in covenantal relationship with God.” – Jeannine K. Brown
CHILDREN OF GOD
Galatians 2.20 ESV20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
“When you look at yourself, you must see your sin. When you look away from yourself unto Christ Jesus, you see your new identity, your perfect righteousness, your glorious position with God in the heavenly places. Your life in this world, your peace, your joy and contentment, is not dependent on how you look. It depends upon where you look.” – Don Matzat
STRANGERS TO THE WORLD
John 14.17 ESV17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
GREATER THINGS AHEAD!
Colossians 3.1-4 ESV 1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.