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Who We Are and Whose We Are

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Tamarajo is an avid Bible scholar who loves nothing more than seeking out the treasures in God's Word and sharing them with others.



Today's writing is a lesson concerning our sense of identity and belonging, both of which are fundamental needs of all human beings. We will look at how God has made many provisions in Christ to fulfill and satisfy this hunger and thirst to belong and identify as valuable and loved.

The Scripture portion that this lesson will be based upon takes place at Christ's baptism in the River Jordan. At this event, the Father declares to all who were present that this is His Beloved Son.

As will be shown, there is no purpose, value, or belonging apart from the living God who made us. And the key to our finding all that we need is in relationship to His Beloved Son Jesus Christ and following Him.

Let us continue with the Bible text about baptism and look at how this applies to us personally.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

— Matthew 3:16


Death and Resurrection

Baptism is about surrendering to God by dying to the old aimless sinful person we were. The immersion of ourselves into the waters symbolizes our death and burial and rising from those waters to become a new creature in Christ, bringing us into a right relationship with God and belonging to Him.

. . . we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

— Romans 6:4

When we surrender our lives to Christ, "the heavens are opened" All of God's resources which are in heaven, are made available to us to enable us to live a life of godliness by knowing who we are and whose we are.

. . . His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

— II Peter 1:1-4


Identity and Position

It is shown in the baptism experience how the Father blessing the Son with His approval and reminding Him of His identity will be pivotal to His next experience. When we surrender and immerse (baptize) ourselves into Him and His ways, we are blessed with the Father's approval and discover that he is pleased with us and that we are His, not because of what we have done but because of what Jesus did. This revelation will be pivotal to us in this life's wilderness journeying.

Right after His baptism in Matthew Chapter four, Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit for testing. The first question that the devil asks Jesus has everything to do with what God had just spoken over His life. Satan asks,

"If you are the Son of God command the stone to be turned into bread."

The devil attacks His identity (This is my beloved Son) and position (in whom I am well pleased) with God. If Jesus in any way doubted who He was or that God was pleased with Him, or if He in any way doubted that God alone was enough for Him (meaning more to Him than, even, food He so desperately needed, He would have succumbed to the temptation. So it is with us. The Word comes, and so does the test.

The first temptation in the garden was directed at the appetite of "self" satisfaction rather than God-satisfaction. Appetite can mean so much more than mere food. Adam and Eve had forgotten who they were, children of God who had everything they could ever need or want in the palm of His hand. Their disobedience spoke much more than words could say about what they believed about how God felt about them. They could have just as well called Him a stingy, manipulative, uncaring Father who had no interest in their well-being or success.

We can scoff at them all we want, but that same mentality is resident within us all. I was watching my granddaughters play the other day, and I gave them some toys to play with. I observed that they most often wanted the toy that was the furthest from their reach or the thing (not a toy) that they couldn't have. Isn't that how we are sometimes? We always want what we cannot have while many remarkable things are sitting right in front of us.

The key to overcoming temptation is knowing our identity and position with the only one in the universe who matters and valuing this relationship above all else.

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God created man in His own image. Adam saw himself in God's eyes, and the reflection he saw was like God. He could see he was like Him. When the devil averted Adam and Eve's attention and convinced them to surrender to the temptation, the image became corrupted, and a significant distortion took place. They now saw God in misrepresentation and now saw themselves as reflected in the eyes of his new evil master.

We tend to become like the things or people we look at most intently.

Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.

— Psalm 115:8

As it refers to the idol images the people worshiped, this verse reveals that we become like what and who we trust.

Jesus' purpose in coming was to show us the Father and restore our identity and position with Him.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

— John 14:7-9

A father lovingly adoring the child that is His.

A father lovingly adoring the child that is His.


God's purpose was to clear up the distortion by forgiving our sins through Jesus's death on the cross. The intention was that our vision could and would be restored. The first and foremost restoration concerned our ability to see the goodness and the greatness of God, and secondly, the ability to see ourselves in His eyes as a child with whom He is well pleased.

One of the greatest individual battles is to be convinced that we are loved, and I think the greatest disappointment for some is that it seems no person or circumstance can convince them of that. It is never enough only because we seek it from natural human resources that can never satisfy. I believe Philip knew this when he told Yeshua that they would be satisfied if He would show them "The Father."

For God to be God, He has to be the only opinion of us that truly matters. Our confidence and good feelings about our lives and ourselves should only be found in Him. When we know that the creator of the universe loves us, one can take that away from us no matter how we get treated.

There is only one person who can satisfy the longing of our hearts. And there is only one way to know that we are valued and that our life matters. And that person is Jesus God's only Son who felt us worthwhile enough to leave the comfort of His heavenly home and the presence of His Father, to be beaten and hung on a cross to remove our sin-stained perceptions so we could know just how much "The Father" truly does love us.

Until we see this truth, we will continue to attempt to manipulate the physical world around us (people and things) by begging and demanding that the world around us convince us we are of value. All the while, we end up in places that confirm what we fear the most because they are not God and have no means to erase our crimes nor the crimes committed against us "Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

Put God first. If we do not see Him correctly, we will not see ourselves accurately.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

— Matthew 6:33

I believe that God has spoken something over each one of our lives about who we are and whose we are, and as Jacob wrestled with God one night and would not let Him go until He blessed him, so it must be with us. We need to wrestle with God and not let Him go until we are convinced of how deeply loved we are in such a way that no other opinion or circumstance matters and immerse ourselves in this truth. We then become a mission to serve, love, and convince others of His transforming love with the opened provisions of heaven.

© 2010 Tamarajo


Tamarajo (author) on December 06, 2011:

Thank you drpastorcarlotta. I appreciate your visit and complimentary comment.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on December 05, 2011:

Love the title! Thank you for an inspiring and uplifting Hub! YOUR GREAT! Much love....

Tamarajo (author) on December 25, 2010:

Bless you too cristina. Thank you for your visit and comment.

Cristina Santander from Manila on December 24, 2010:

Great hub which presents great truths to live by. Thank you for sharing these timeless reminders. Blessings to you and best regards.

Tamarajo (author) on November 30, 2010:

Great wisdom Bob. Agreed our value comes from Him and Him alone a great quote from a friend.

"Our relationship w/God isn't about improving our self esteem but esteeming Him" God wants us to enjoy who we are but that can't happen until we appreciate who He is"- Pam Mithun.

Thanks for your visit and insight.

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on November 30, 2010:

I don't think we will ever truly understand the depth of God's love for us. It makes no real sense to our flawed sinful minds. All around us the world marches to a different beat. As we grow in this bizarre to the world love of God, we watch as the world grows dim around us. If on the other hand we begin again to march in step with the world we see and to again adopt its sinful flawed thought. We are given value by the Lord whose will we do. We need no other validating. Remember the world can't validate us with regard to our spirituality, for all it has is its flesh and the devil as a tutor. We are remade at our rebirth into a new creation. And we are strange to them. Love ya, Bob.

Tamarajo (author) on November 13, 2010:

So glad you were blessed by the truth of His Word. I sincerely appreciate your visit. : )

ichoosehim on November 13, 2010:


Tamarajo (author) on November 13, 2010:

Thank you James for your encouraging comment. so blessed for you to stop by.

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 13, 2010:

Wow! This is fabulous and Spirit-breathed. What an edifying missive! God Bless You for it. Well done.

Tamarajo (author) on November 10, 2010:

So very confirming Icg4jc in your experience through trial of His deep and abiding covenant love for you.

Your testimony is and will be powerful. It will be a witness to others of How truly loving He is.

cool about having the song on your phone : )

bless you sweet sister

lcg4jc on November 10, 2010:

Excellent hub sister. I am in full agreement that God is the only One who provides unconditional love forever and ever. Through all my trials and tribulations these past seven years and in particular this last year God is faithful and true to keep His covenant of love regardless of our confusion and doubt. He is there extending His balm of gilead, His sweet and extravagant love.

I just want you to know that the video you placed on the hub is the song I have on my phone as the ringer. When I am called by someone it is a reminder that He loves me. No matter who is calling or for whatever reason, I answer the call knowing and being reminded that He loves us.

Thank you for a wonderful hub. Blessings to you and yours

Tamarajo (author) on November 08, 2010:

Bless you Creativeone for your visit and comment. always a blessing

Tamarajo (author) on November 08, 2010:

Yes Einron sometimes we miss so much sometimes when we don,t dig deep. The depths of His Word and the revelations of it are exponential. I would suspect that even the depths we have already dug is only scratching the surface.

His Word is a treasure mine waiting to be discovered

Thank you so much for your encouraging comment and visit.

einron from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA on November 07, 2010:

Thank you for an insightful hub for it says it all. Many would look at the surface and not penetrate any further.

Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on November 07, 2010:

Thank you Tamarajo, for an inspiring and uplifting hub on who we are and whose we are. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

Tamarajo (author) on November 06, 2010:

Hello heart4theword, Yes Kim walker is up and coming I think. I also think David Crowder did a version of it as well.

I agree so grateful He know us and loves us still.

Thank you for your visit and comment.

heart4theword from hub on November 06, 2010:

Heard this song on the video, so many times. Yet never seen the singer, sing it? She seems nervous, but a humble person. There is power, in being humble before our God:) So glad He knows us better than we know ourselves. Another good study!

Tamarajo (author) on November 03, 2010:

Hello Brother Dave, Yes for sure, With our eyes on Him and His love for us The here and now is full of purpose and meaning.

Tamarajo (author) on November 03, 2010:

welcome Michael Murphy, so blessed to have you stop by and comment. I am still learning and experiencing myself. How awesome for us to have Him to journey through it with us. And for His love to keep us on the right path undistracted from the things of this world

Tamarajo (author) on November 03, 2010:

Hi Fred, for sure no time to maintain the regrets. Me either. Glad you enjoyed the hub and the song.

Bless you Fred : )

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on November 02, 2010:

We must learn and understand the "Here and Now" as Humans, until we return to our spiritual life that is all we have and all that is important.

Brother Dave.

Michael C Murphy from California on November 02, 2010:

You really packed a lot into this lesson and it touched me in many ways. "Life's wilderness journeying" for me is an ongoing learning process. As dahoglund pointed out this world can pull us away from God and you're right we need to stay focused on His love. But I fear my "wrestling" will continue until Jesus returns.

fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on November 02, 2010:

I had to come back here one more time and just say "WOW"!!! That was the most spiritual experience I've had in days! Thank you!

fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on November 02, 2010:

I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me! Loves like a hurricane! Unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory! Tears are starting to flow as I think about what you wrote and listen to this powerful song. I am BLESSED! There is NOTHING that I lack because He LOVES ME! My heart turns violently inside of my chest, I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way HE LOVES ME!!!!! You have made my day! I love you my dear sister!

Tamarajo (author) on November 02, 2010:

Thank you Laurie, blessed by your visit and comment. : )

exjwlaurie on November 02, 2010:

This is a beautiful hub, and so well said! I enjoyed your message here Tamarajo!

Tamarajo (author) on November 02, 2010:

Greetings lifegate,

It is strange how we perpetuate what we look at most intently and that includes negative things.

I wholeheartedly agree with you "eyes on Jesus" !! The one who came to show us the love of the father and make possible our adoption into His family.

Tamarajo (author) on November 02, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

yes faith can have its ups and downs. Keeping our eyes on Him and the truth help manage and level out some of those ups and downs.

To know we are deeply loved and belong creates confidence and stability.

Thank you for your visit and comment.

Tamarajo (author) on November 02, 2010:

Hello Judah's daughter'

Yes, we can only love because He first loved us. Which is why it is so important to know and experience His love. We do tend to exhibit the type of love we experience.

Many of us have had this experience but at times take our eyes off Him and forget who we are in Him and that we belong to Him.

Focused on Him is worship

Blessed by your visit and comment.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 02, 2010:


I like your line, "We tend to become like the things or people we look at most intently." Oh, if we all would only look more intently at Jesus.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on November 02, 2010:

Fo most of us faith has up and downs. We have to keep at it.

Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on November 01, 2010:

OH, there's so much truth in being made in the 'image' of God ~ abiding in His love. Oftentimes, others can tell if a child is loved by his/her parent(s) based on his/her behavior with others. An abused child will tend to cower or dominate. A loved child will love others in the way he/she is loved. This is our confidence in Christ. His love is perfect. We are not spoiled; we are disciplined. We learn to trust Him in everything. We feel safe and protected. We know He will come to our rescue and make a way of escape when we are tempted. He forgives us when we stumble, and we then continue to grow in maturity to be more and more like Him. We truly cannot love others until we experience the love of God upon us and within us. Great message!!!

Tamarajo (author) on November 01, 2010:

Thank You Captain Jimmy. Bless you for stopping by and commenting and thank you for the link.

Captain Jimmy from WV on November 01, 2010:

Good Hub! well written!

Tamarajo (author) on November 01, 2010:

Thank you Johnny. So glad you stopped by.

johnnynaakea on November 01, 2010:

Thank you for finding me because I found your writings too. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts! Great hub!!!

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