Who Are You?

Pete Townshend asked this question in the famous Who song.  From what I can gather, it was based upon a particular day in the life of Townshend, where he meets with music industry leaders in “Tin Pan Alley”, only to feel that they have somehow sold out.   He went to a bar and proceeded to get drunk.  Afterwards, he wandered around Soho, a neighborhood of London, and passed out in someone’s doorway.  A police officer woke him up.  Since he recognized Townshend, he tried to be kind and tell him he wouldn’t take Townshend to jail if he could leave on his own and go home.  Townshend responded, “Who the [deleted] are you?”

And yet, don’t we all ask the question, “Who am I?”  Some debate if there isn’t a more spiritual meaning to the lyrics, which would not be unknown in much rock music of that era.

If you were asked, “Who are you,” what would you answer?

People love labels.  This person is a cook, this one is an accountant, and this one is a police officer.  This person is kind, this one is stingy, this one is cranky, but this one is arrogant.  This one is a thief, this one is a cheat, this one is a liar and this one is sexually immoral.  What kind of a label do you deserve?

And, in the end, isn’t that the point?  What you do or do not deserve?

Let’s turn this on its head for a moment.  Who are you?  Are you the judge of all the earth?

Salvation is a gift.  You cannot earn it.  It is undeserved.

Speaking of labels, what is the difference between a “Christian” and a “non-Christian”?

The world doesn’t understand.  Even some theologians do not get it.  A lot of the world’s form of Christianity wants to teach something else.  Some of accused the COG of teaching contrary to Scripture.

A Christian realizes they have done and been wrong.  This is conviction.

A Christian is forgiven.  This is justification.

A Christian wants to change.  This is repentance.

A Christian asks God for help to change.  This is submission.

The world does not understand, and it will not forgive.  The world will not forget.  Remember, it is run by the Accuser.  The Accuser will do all he can to keep the child of God in subjection and a slave to guilt.

Let me ask you one thing: If God has forgiven me, then who are you to sit as my judge?

 19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? (Genesis 50:19, King James Version)

 4Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. (Romans 14:4, King James Version)

So, my fellow human being, who are you?

What?  You want to ask me who I am?

I was no one.  I was the chief of sinners.  I broke the entire Law, most of it literally.  I deserved the death penalty that lasts forever.  Not listing each and every sin is not hiding from the truth because breaking even one makes me guilty.  That is the truth.

However, the truth is also this: Now, I am a child of God, forgiven by the sacrifice of His Son Jesus the Christ, empowered by His Holy Spirit and I am destined to become a ruler with Jesus Christ on this earth for 1,000 years.

You cannot take that away from me because no one can snatch me from His hand.  Even the Accuser does not have the power to do so.

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