What do we, as Christians, possess in order to validate our claims regarding our spiritual status? Do we have any tangible evidence to show an unbeliever that we are saved?
When we think about it, we only have the faith and hope we carry within us. And even our faith is fragile, at best.
- We have no spiritual birth certificate to prove our rebirth.
- We have no signed document stating that we are the legitimate children of our unseen heavenly Father.
- We don’t have an identity document proving our spiritual identity.
- We don’t have a passport to confirm that we are citizens of heaven.
- We don’t have a title deed to the mansion that has been promised us.
Yet by faith we have all of the above. And God has given us, in writing, a copy of the agreement He made with us. It is the Bible.
By faith, you as a believer can personalize each of the terms below under the New Covenant (contract) that God has made with you.
The Birth Certificate – Ref: 1 Peter 1:23
To ………………….., who received him, and believed in his name, he gave the right to become a child of God; a child born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Adoption papers – Ref: Eph 1:4-5
For he chose you, ………………….., in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined you to be adopted as his son/daughter through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
The Identity Document – Ref: Eph. 1:13 (NLT)
When you, ………………….., believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
The Passport – Ref: Eph. 2:19
You, ………………….., are no longer a foreigner and an alien, but a fellow citizen with God's people and a member of God's household.
The Title Deed – Ref: John 14:2-3 (KJV)
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, ………………….. .
If, somehow, you had the original copy of these important documents, you would surely keep them locked away in a strong safe or a safety deposit box. But would you really feel comfortable storing those documents of eternal value here on earth?
You have no need to worry about that either! It's all been taken care of. God has secured your name in a heavenly register—the safest place for your name to be recorded. Jesus has made sure of that, and He has stated;
"I will never blot out ......................’s name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his/her name before my Father and his angels" (Revelation 3:5).
And because your name is in the Book of Life, all the conditions above apply.