A Distinct Title – Part 1

If you look around your home or workplace, you will most likely discover a lot of products that have your name inscribed on them. This may be the case both at home and at work. Additionally, you may own a lot of documents and things bearing your name. At the very least, your name is prominently displayed at the top of every one of the monthly bills that are sent to your home. Why?

This is not a leading question in any way. It is a fairly straightforward inquiry. The solution is there in front of you. The items that are legally considered to be yours bear your name. They belong to you. This encompasses not just your material assets but also your obligations and commitments. When anything bears your name, it is a sign not just of ownership but also of the responsibility that comes along with it.

On your birth certificate, there is also a name that is put down. It also gives the impression, although in a roundabout manner, that you are a member of something: a family. It is evidence that your parents, who are also identified on the birth certificate, are your biological parents and that you are their son or daughter.

You also have a marriage certificate in your possession if you are married. It is conclusive evidence that marriage had taken place, and it demonstrates that both parties on the certificate are regarded as God’s children by the other. Last but not least, if you are a citizen of India, you are issued an Aadhar number. Because of this, your name will always be associated with this number, and this will allow you to be uniquely identifiable.

After considering everything, we can understand that a “name” or a “title “is of great significance. In the first place, it is a singular instrument for identification. It gives them an idea of who you are. But even more importantly, it is something that we utilise to denote the ownership of something. You own anything it is that has your name printed on it or is related to your name.

A Good Name or Title

Ecclesiastes 7:1 — A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Proverbs 22:1 — A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches, [and] loving favour rather than silver and gold.

As was said, you are the owner of everything that bears your name, provided that it was given to you honestly. But our brand may appear on a variety of other things outside only tangible things like goods or papers. Reputation is something that may be attached to or related to our name. We might become “known” for certain actions, statements, or ethical stances that we take.

A person can have a reputation that is not warranted, and this is something that may go in either direction. Some people, as a result of their involvement in gossip and rumour, acquire a poor reputation that they do not merit. Others are successful for the same reasons that you are. However, in most cases, if a reputation is correct, our name will be attached to it. We have worked hard to gain this reputation, and it is rightfully ours to claim as our own.

Reputation is something that may be attached to or related to our name. We might become “known” for certain actions, statements, or ethical stances that we take.

A person’s reputation is often formed based on what other people observe about them. But our character is an accurate reflection of who we are. People take into account one’s reputation. God looks at a person’s heart.

God Looks At A Person’s Heart

According to the Bible, having a “good name” or “reputation” is one of the most important things a person may have. When people hear our name, one of the first things that may come to their thoughts is either a positive or negative reputation. It is almost as though the instant that they hear our name, the reputation that they have grown to connect it with immediately pops into their minds.

What emerges from all of this is the realisation that our name alludes to a variety of concepts. It indicates our character. It is an indication of our ownership. Our name elucidates not only who we are but also all that is physically, morally, and spiritually ours and points to who we are as a whole.

You Who Are Holy

Very few of us are completely unconcerned by the reputation that is linked with our name. Even if we are dishonest and have no morals, we care about other people since it is in our best interest. Although people in today’s society are increasingly reluctant to acknowledge that there is such a thing as right and wrong when faced with the possibility that the repercussions of not doing so might affect them, they will readily acknowledge that there is such a thing in an instant.

“A person’s reputation is often formed based on what other people observe about them. But our character is an accurate reflection of who we are.”

And the extent of the impact that our reputation has on us is beyond our wildest imaginings. The fact of the matter is that we will be at a disadvantage if our reputation is poor. One’s immediate circle should not include those who have a poor name in the community.

What an incredible amount of concern God has for His Name. In the same way that our names provide information about who we are and what we own, God’s name conveys information about who God is and what belongs to Him.

In the Bible, there is a phrase that is used to define the state of anybody or everything that belongs to God. This condition is referred to as “holiness.” It is a word that denotes that God’s name is actually upon a person or thing. It may refer to either an individual or an entity.

According to its exact translation, the term “holy” in the Bible means “to be set aside for God.” To put it another way, “to belong to God” is what is meant when we declare that someone is holy. His “usage” of anything is an inevitable consequence of it being His property.

“People take into account one’s reputation. God looks at a person’s heart.”

Now, once we know that holiness means to belong to God, it begins to establish for us a specific framework in which everything else must fit. This framework must be adhered to for us to be considered holy. It reveals to us that to be holy, one must first be called by the name of God, or even by the name of Jesus Christ.

This is confirmed in a variety of additional ways throughout the biblical text. Take for instance the moniker “saint” for example. The term “the saints” refers to Christians rather often throughout the Bible.

However, the term “saint” in Greek is “hagios,” which translates to “holy one.” You are considered a “saint” or a “holy one” if you adhere to the Christian faith, which derives its name from the person Jesus Christ. You are holy and thus belong to God since you have been consecrated for his service.

Everyone must understand this. There is no such thing as a person who becomes a follower of Christ but is not a saint after making that decision. If you have the name of Jesus Christ inscribed on you, then you are His and belong to Him. As a result, people refer to you as a “saint” or a “holy one.” There is not one single exception to this rule.

This point may be driven home even further by taking a look at a few verses from the Bible, specifically:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.

1 Corinthians 7:23 — You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men.

1 Peter 1:18-19 — You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.

If there is nothing else that the knowledge that a saint belongs to God teaches us, it should educate us that Christianity is nothing more than an absolute submission to Jesus Christ. What other way is there for us to belong to Him? We are a part of the body of Christ since He purchased or redeemed our freedom from sin and death. His blood was the price that had to be paid.

A holy person is a devout Christian. A godly person is someone who belongs to Jesus Christ; they are called a saint. This demonstrates without a reasonable doubt that holiness is one of the most essential qualities of anybody who claims to be a Christian, or of anyone who is called by the name of God. The individuals who belong to God are expected to live holy lives.

Belonging To God

The vast majority of us consider “to belong to God” to be an extreme kind of religious fanaticism. Who among us could go through life acting as though we belonged to God?

To us, such kind of lifestyle represents a life of scarcity and limitation. The life of a monk in a monastery, or anything quite close to that, would be an accurate analogy.

Ideas like these demonstrate our innate lack of knowledge. It’s a well-known truth that “belonging to God” was part of God’s initial plan and purpose for humans. There was no other purpose for the human being that God created in the beginning. To be a part of God’s family, God created man. That may be described as the type of creature that man is. He was created to be a part of God’s family and to have eternal fellowship with the Almighty.

The consequence of the phrase “belong to God” is, of course, the existence of life. Why? Because God is the origin of every living thing. God is the source of all life. Being a part of God brings with it life, fullness, and the satisfaction of having one’s needs fully met since there is no life apart from God.

This is something that has to be seen. To “belong” to God doesn’t help God. It is to our advantage. It indicates that we are getting back to the connection that God had always meant for us to enjoy with Him. It indicates that everything will be rectified, healed, redeemed, and brought back to its original state.

Because of the limitations of our understanding, we have the misconception that being a part of God’s family is abnormal, even if we positively mean this. Our opinion is that it is abnormal to an unprecedentedly high degree. However, this is not the case. Being a part of God’s family is perfectly typical.

The abnormally low level on which we have always lived is, in God’s sight, the level on which we should be living. The issue is that we are so used to our abnormal behaviour that we now consider it to be the norm. This is the obscurity and the illusion into which each one of us is born.

Adam was given restrictions and forced to be reliant on God. Adam was intended to be that “type” of living thing when he was first formed. He was designed to have a relationship with God and to conduct his life accordingly. This was the source of his life, and it was just as certain that he was “connected to” God as light is when it is plugged into an electrical source. This was the very thing that kept him alive. As long as Adam was a part of God’s family, he maintained his life.

“As long as Adam was a part of God’s family, he maintained his life.”

If “belonging to God” were a question of being compelled to submit to God’s will, then this dialogue would not be taking place. If that were the case, then all of us would be robots. There would be no such things as good or evil, and there would be no options. On the other hand, “belonging to God” is never mandatory, and neither are the deeds that result from it.

As a result, Adam was presented with an option, which was shown by the existence of the two trees. Regrettably, he made the decision not to belong to God. He took it upon himself to decide not whether to select good or evil, but rather to decide what constitutes good and evil in and of themselves. This is the prerogative that he took upon himself. Adam decided to be as knowledgeable about good and evil as God Himself.

Adam was the first person to declare his independence from God. He decided that he did not want to be a part of Him anymore. However, it is important to keep in mind that what “independence from God” truly means is estrangement from God. It is the conscious and conscientious decision to live in a state of detachment from God.

Do we also have a term that might be translated as “separation from God”? Yes. Death. Death represents an eternal separation from God. Therefore, when Adam announced his independence from God, he received precisely what he desired, which was separation from God and the inevitable death that must ensue from such a separation.

Sin is defined as the state of being independent of God. The idea that I belong to myself rather than to God is at the heart of the sin problem. It entails self-governance and individual property rights. No surprise it leads to “death.” If God is the origin of all life, then it seems to reason that if I cut off my connection with Him, I would eventually perish.

What we are seeing right now is basic. However, in the minds of many Christians, it has been relegated to the background, and in some cases even eliminated. To identify as a Christian does not make one a “person who belongs to God.” It is the Christianity!

A Christian is someone who is a part of God’s family. This is the absolute essence of what it means to be a saint – Holy! On the other hand, not belonging to God but rather belonging to self is precisely what it means to be lost, dead, and doomed for everlasting separation from God. To belong to self is the same thing as not belonging to God. It is a state that cannot be considered holy by any standard.

“A Christian is someone who is a part of God’s family. This is the absolute essence of what it means to be a saint – Holy!”

Take note of the unmistakable emphasis placed on “living for” and “belonging to” in the following passages:

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 — For the love of Christ constrains us, because we have this judgment that if one died for all, then have all died: and he died for all, that those who live should no more live for themselves, but for him who died for them, and rose again.

1 Peter 4:1-2 — Since, then, Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, do you also arm yourselves with the same determination; for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so that he no longer lives the rest of his time in the flesh, according to the desires of men, but according to the will of God.

The concept of holiness might be summed up as belonging to God. This demonstrates that godliness is the central focus of the Christian faith. People who belong to God and live like it keep their focus on Christ. These are individuals whose lives are being transformed as a result of the fact that they have reconnected with God through Christ.

We will conclude this in part 2.

Blessings,

Godwin.


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