Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? is a painting by French artist Paul Gauguin. Gauguin inscribed the original French title in the upper left corner: D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous. The painting was created in Tahiti, and is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
This blog seeks to let the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament answer these questions, though primarily “Who are we in Christ?” Jesus asks two questions; namely, “Which person are you of the two?” and “Where are you going of the two places?” Your identity determines your destiny. The main question is one of identity.
At the end of His sermon on the mount (Matthew 7) He calls for a decision by setting a clear, uncompromising contrast between two identities; one enters the narrow path with a smaller crowd and ends up with life in the end. She bears good fruit and is authentic. She withstands the torrents of trials and death itself because she heard and put into practice Christ’s words. The other identity is that of one pretending to be some one they are not (a wolf in sheep’s clothing). She takes the broad path with the large crowd, bears bad fruit, and doesn’t put into practice the Gospel. She is not known by Christ, and at last she is like a house that ended in a big crash.
On the one hand, there are those who use God to get something from Him and others. On the other hand, there are those who receive Christ’s acceptance, forgiveness, and His righteousness. They get Christ, then use everything to love Him and others.
You must want and receive Jesus in exchange for everything else – your good works, your reputation, and yourself. For the saddest words of separation are spoken to those who say: “I lived did all these good things my whole life for your Name. Why don’t You accept me? Did we not . . .?” Jesus, nevertheless, said: “Depart from Me. I never knew you.”
Have you placed all your trust in Christ? Do you trust He lived a perfect life of goodness in your place? Do you trust that He paid the penalty you deserved by dying in your place? Do you trust He rose again and won the victory over death? Have you put His words into practice? Have you repented of your entitlement-mentality that Christ owes you something for your good works? Do you know He loves you? Lovers make great knowers.