I KNOW WHO I AM 1 PETER 2: 9 Sermon
I know who I am 1 Peter 2: 9 Sermon. I am Abraham’s seed and an heir according to the promises. I am a child of God. I am God’s project. I am working in Power and Dominion. I am working in Miracle. I am a royal priesthood, a chosen generation, a peculiar person, and the Lords’ own.
During our Women Unit Conference in 2021, I was to deliver a sermon in the form of an address on the theme; “I know who I am”. The moment I began to ponder over the topic, I realized it is not as easy as it sounds in the song (Am walking in power).
I didn’t know this topic “I know who I am” has so many deep meanings. Unlike in 2020 when we had our women Church Conference on the Theme “Until I Deborah arose, a mother in Israel”, here I received indepth knowledge.
However, the Holy Spirit came as usual and taught me what to say. And this is what he put in my mouth to tell the women and the guests who gathered for the conference.
I KNOW WHO I AM 1 PETER 2: 9
The phrase, I know who I am, is a word of reassurance and confidence. It is every believer’s ID Card. It props up when there is an issue of identity.
It is normal to see people who are in an argument and they ask each other who are you? Do you know who I am?
I know who I am, when it is asked as a question form or said directly emphasizes the amount of confidence a person has in him or herself. When used the other way round, an unprepared person can be taken unaware and begins to stutter with words.
I know a man who recently badged his Ph.D. and was made a Professor in his discipline. This achievement entered his head and he begins to brag about it. He devised means to humiliate ordinary people with his academic elevation, I mean anybody.
The moment he sees you in any gathering, he will walk up to you and offers a handshake. He will then say, “I am Dr. Prof. Zii. And You are?”
Imagine someone who did not complete his or her secondary school education and he approaches such a person makes his usual unsolicited introduction. The person will be taken unaware and in most cases, humiliated.
For Dr. Prof. Zii, he doesn’t need to pause and ponder or begins to reflect on the answer to give. He already knows who he is.
The moment someone asks you whether you know who he or she is, the next thing is for you to pause and ponder. This phrase, I know who I am most times triggers questions like who are you? Who do you think you are? Are you the President?
However, this is not what we are here for and this is not what we want to talk about here. We are not asking for our Bio identity or academic profiles. We already know all of these. Some of you can explain one another even better than I can.
But when it comes to this identification we are talking about, you alone, Jesus, the Holy Spirit know about it alone, even Satan knows too.
I Know Who I am 1 Peter 2: 9 Sermon
◄ 1 Peter 2: 9 ►
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
The Epistle of Peter was written by St. Peter who is one of the 12 disciples. At the beginning of this verse (9), note these words “But ye”. Like St. Paul, St. Peter turns with an outburst of triumph to the happier and more practical, and attractive theme. He was referring to the body of Christ as you and I today.
That is to say that this message is for everyone. When we suffer an identity crisis because of what we see in the world, we need to reflect on 1 Peter 2: 9. If others are soiling their hands to make it in life and it seems things are not being straight up for us because we are following the righteous route, we have no excuse not waiver. Why shouldn’t I do what others are doing to succeed?
St. Peter is saying, “But ye are a chosen generation…”. Brethren, we can’t because we are purchased by Christ’s blood.
It doesn’t end here. These are not the only reason. He goes on to remind us who we are again in Christ. Ye are “A royal priesthood, a holy nation.”
“A peculiar people” – Nwanne m, anyi di iche (brethren, we are peculiar). We are Christ’s very owned and as such, we should desist from soiling our hands. The Lion’s young understand the child of who it is. No matter how the situation is in the jungle, it can never eat grasses. Nwa agu adighi ata afifia (a lion can never feed on grasses).
When we know that we are peculiar people, we will be checkmated in all we do, the places we work, and how we relate with the members of our families. When we know our full identity and live by it, we will live to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives. And that is “to proclaim to others about the greatness of our God. “…That ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
1 Peter 2:9 talks about the consolation of every child of God. And just like the bragging Professor, every child of God should also walk the streets head high, proclaiming his or her identity both in words and deeds.
I KNOW WHO I AM Sermon
“I know who I am” is the ideal phrase for the court of life Challenge. Do you know who you are in Christ Jesus?
Jesus is the root of our identity and we know our place in him. I know my place in Christ Jesus. I know who I am. Any child of God who does not know his or her root may not be able to explain who he or she is.
Two months ago, a civilian was seen exchanging words with an Army officer who was fully armed, along Garden Avenue. I was told the Army officer wanted to take the wrong route and beat the traffic but the civilian blocked him and told the army man to reverse and follow the right route.
What temerity! In this Nigeria!
The Army officer couldn’t swallow the insult. He jumped down from his vehicle and gave the civilian a dirty slap and was threatening to shoot him with his gun. That was when a fight broke out.
However, the game changed when the civilian said to the Army Officer; “I am not afraid of you. Do you know who I am? The Army officer was shocked and he asked; “who are you”?
I saw dignity on the face of the civilian when he put his hand at the back of his trousers and brought out his Identity Card. He flashed it on the face of the Army officer and said: “I am a Footballer in the National Team; Internationale.”
Do you know what that means? The Army officer just slapped a Super Eagle player for doing nothing. When the Army heard it, he quickly ran into his car but the civilian was ready for him. He started dragging him, telling him to come back to finish the slapping and the shooting. That was when the news media and people began to gather. They made a news headline that morning.
Do you know at the end, the Army man apologized. The almighty Nigerian Army officer apologized to a civilian. This is because he met a man who knew who he is. He asked him to reverse his car and take the right track and the Officer ‘humbly’ obeyed the civilian.
I also found an interesting article by “Equipping GODLY Women” titled WHO I AM IN CHRIST. It listed 10 life-Challenging Bible Verses. The author shared her son’s experience at school where his schoolmates were bullying him and picking on him at recess. They were calling him all sorts of names and that made the boy feel sad.
The author was able to help her son won the bullies in his school who are messing up his son’s life. Do you know one funny thing we Christians have refused to observe? Satan most times gives a false impression about us when he wants to deal with us. This is because he is always a liar.
You will just wake up and preparing to embark on a journey and Satan will just appear from nowhere and whisper, ‘what if you have an accident on the road while traveling and die?’ He just lied. But it takes a heart who knows who he or she is in Christ to refute him immediately.
When up against a life challenge or a spiritual tormentor, even when I am face to face with the enemy, I no longer give a damn.
Why should I? I focus on who I am in Christ. And knowing who we are in Christ gives us the strength and wisdom we need to face every battle of life.
My dearly beloved sisters and fathers in Christ, if you do not learn anything in this Conference, I want you to hold this which am about to say now. Take these 10 Powerful Bible verses Home; move around daily with them. Wear them as an ID Card.
I Know Who I am 1 Peter 2: 9 Sermon
WHO ARE YOU IN CHRIST?
- In Christ, I am Loved (Colossians 3:12)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” — Colossians 3:12
- In Christ, I am Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
“In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” — Ephesians 1:7
- In Christ, I am Chosen (1 Peter 2:9)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” — 1 Peter 2:9
- In Christ, I am a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
- In Christ, I am Not Condemned (Romans 8:1)
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” — Romans 8:1
- In Christ, I am More than a Conqueror (Romans 8:37) “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” — Romans 8:37
- In Christ, I am God’s Workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” — Ephesians 2:10
- In Christ, I am a Work in Progress (Philippians 1:6) “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,” — Philippians 1:6
- In Christ, I am Provided For (Philippians 4:19)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19
- In Christ, I am Victorious! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 15:57.
I Know Who I am 1 Peter 2: 9 Sermon
I know who I am – My Identity
When you know who you are Christ, the devil can never mesmerize you. That is what I mean here from a Christian perspective. When we know whim you are, we can challenge every trouble that comes our way with all its weapons and still surmount them. The civilian was not intimidated by the Army uniform or his gun. This is because he knows who he is. As Christian believers, what do you reply to the enemy when he comes to us for battle?
- We are the redeemed of the Lord.
- We are Christ’s ambassador.
- We are the apple of God’s eyes.
What do we tell the accuser of brethren when he comes to torment us with our past life? When he comes with the fear that God is not happy with us, we should tell him off. When the accuser of brethren comes to make you feel guilty, you shouldn’t let him. Just remind him that you don’t struggle for self-righteousness, for no man can be righteous by himself.
- You are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.
- You are the direct products of the Promised Seed.
- You have been bought by His blood.
- You are an over-comer and more than a conqueror.
I no longer give the enemy room to torment me because I know who I am:
- I am Abraham’s seed and an heir according to the promises.
- I am a child of God.
- I am God’s project.
- I am working in Power and Dominion. I am working in Miracle.
- I am a royal priesthood, a chosen generation, a peculiar person, and the Lords’ own.
In Conclusion, Whatever you’re facing today, dear women of God, whether it’s the lies on the inside or the tough circumstances on the outside, it’s not too much for God and it’s not too much for you too. God will give you victory when you follow Him!
Again, there is power in the tongue. God has given us these bullet-filled words to use in times of life challenges. Ask it. “Who am I in Christ?” Now say it with me! “I am who God says I am!”
The battle may not be over, but the winner has already been decided. You are victorious! I want to end here by asking you ‘WHO ARE YOU’?