One of the great glories of the New Testament is the revelation that we have been given a new name. The Bible says we’ve been given a brand new identity.
You see, before Christ, we were known as sinners, the lost, rebels. But the glory of the New Testament reveals our new and wonderful multifaceted identities.
I believe the name we’re all most familiar with is “saints.” But we're also called ambassadors, we’re called the living letters of God, the children of God, and the sons of God. We're called soldiers and farmers, and the list could go on and on. And while those are all wonderful names by which to identify ourselves, in my heart of hearts, I think there's one name that is above all the other names.
There is one identity, that I believe, is greater than all the others.
In Scripture, John calls us “beloved” which is “agapétos” in the Greek and it literally means “those loved by God.” I think it’s so insightful that this name, this great identity, was written about mostly by the Apostle John, because John was known as “the disciple that Jesus loved.” A name given to John, not because Jesus loved him especially, but because John marveled, was stunned by, and never let go of the fact that he was loved by God.
Being called His “beloved” is the supreme identity that God has given to us.
I call it our supreme identity because all the other identities, or names He calls us by, are birthed firstly out of His love.
It's because He loved us that He made us saints, it's because He loved us that He made us His ambassadors. It's because He loved us that He adopted us into His family as His own children.
We are the beloved of God.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” 1 John 3:16a (NIV) My friend, He stretched out His arms and He said, I love YOU this much.
Hold your head high in this dark world, you are the beloved of God!
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