Being known.

"Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God..." (Gal 4:9) So often Christians talk about knowing God and being in relationship with God. Knowing God is possible because he has revealed himself to us in creation, in Jesus and in scripture. Being in relationship happens because God has pursued and continues to pursue his people since creation. He pursues us in love. But what about being known by him? I love this little mid-stream clarification, or correction Paul makes in Galatians. Yes, knowing God is essential and good, and a fundamental part of our relationship with him. But to be known by God is the thing that actually frees us from things and forces that en

My identity is in Christ, right...?

1 John 3:1-2 "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.! And that is what we are! The reason that the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. A variety of scripture verses can be used to establish that our identity is to be found in Christ. The phrase "identity in Christ" has become something of a cliche, something Christian people s