by Dr. Ted Wieler

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of him-self more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). Do you realize how special you are? Paul warns against thinking too highly, but we ought not to think too little of ourselves either.


With an understandable concern to avoid pride and with a necessary emphasis on being humble and contrite, a Christian may not know who he or she is in Christ and how special that fact makes him or her. Christians need to have a right self-image of themselves in Christ to withstand the hatred of this world.

The caution in Romans 12:3 is against high-mindedness. It is a call to sound- minded meditation concerning who you are in Christ. There are about fifty adjectives used in the New Testament to describe a Christian. As you read through this list, let your mind draw a word portrait. Remember, these words are the
thoughts of God toward you.


Ye are of God [“of” denotes your origin] I John 4:4. Think about that for a moment. The three big questions that religions seek to answer are where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going? All that is answered in this phrase. As a believer, to exist is to come from God, to live is Christ, and to die is to be ever present with Him. The most obvious part of us is the physical, but the significant, eternal part of us is spiritual.


That is really an amazing picture! Are you compelled to study it? We do well to think throughout the day—to meditate— about who we are in Christ, giving praise and thanks for the change from who we were. Things that are true … honest
just … pure … lovely [and] of good report. How special a person you are in Christ!

Ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings – I Peter 4:13
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. an holy nation, and a peculiar people – I Peter 2.9
Ye are called by that worthy name – James 2.7
Ye are come unto mount Sion and unto the city of the living God – Hebrews 12.22
Ye are all the children of light – I Thessalonians 5:5
Ye are called in one body – Colossians 3:15
Ye are dead to sin, and your life is hid with Christ in God – Colossians 3:3
Ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God – Colossians 2.12
Ye are circumcised in your heart – Colossians 2:11
Ye are complete in Him – Colossians 2.10
Ye are sealed unto the day of redemption – Ephesians 4:30
Ye are called in one hope of your calling – Ephesians 4:4
Ye m’ no more strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints – Ephesians 2.19
Ye are saved by grace – Ephesians 2.5
Ye are sons – Galatians 4.6
Ye are all one in Christ Jesus – Galatians 3.28
Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus – Galatians 3:26
Ye are the temple of the living God – II Corinthians 6:16
Ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ – II Corinthians 3:3
Ye are partakers of the sufferings and of the consolation – II Corinthians 1:7
Ye are the body of Christ – I Corinthians 12.27
Ye are able to escape temptation – I Corinthians 10.13
Ye are bought with a price – I Corinthians 7.23
Ye are not your own; your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost – I Corinthians 6.19
Ye are washed, ye are sanctf1ed, and ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus – I Corinthians 6.11
Ye are unleavened – I Corinthians 5.7
Ye are wise in Christ; ye are strong; ye are honourable – I Corinthians 4.10
Ye are Christ’s – I Corinthians 3.23
Ye are the temple of God: the Spirit of God dwelleth in you – I Corinthians 3.16
Ye are God’s husbandry: ye are God’s building – I Corinthians 3:9
Ye are enriched by Him in all utterance and in all knowledge – I Corinthians 1.5
Ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit f the Spirit of God dwell in you – Romans 8:9
Ye are his servants to whom ye obey unto righteousness – Romans 6:16
Ye are not under the law but under grace – Romans – 6.14
Ye are not of the world – John 15.19
Ye are [Jesus’]friends, if ye do whatsoever [He] command[s] you -John 15:14
Ye are the branches fin Jesus] the vine -John 15.5
Ye are clean through the Word-John 15.3
Ye are [Jesus disciples if ye have love one to another -John 13.35
Ye are of more value than many sparrows – Luke 12.7
Ye are the light of the world – Matthew 5:14
Ye are the salt of the earth – Matthew 5:13

Article Taken From:

The Temple Trumpet

August 2011 – page 3

by Dr. Ted Wieler,
Missions Director

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