Whatdo I haveinChrist?Thirty-two “I have” Statements1. I have been justified-completely forgiven and made righteous. (Ro 5:1)2. I have died with Christ, died to the power of sins rule over my life. (Ro 6:1-6)3. I have been freed forever from condemnation. (Ro 8:1)4. I have been placed into Christ by God's doing. (I Cor. 1:30)5. I have received the Spirit of God that I might know the things freely given byGod. (1 Cor 2:12)6. I have been given the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16)7. I have been made righteous. (2 Cor 5:21)8. I have been bought with a price; I am not my own, I belong to God. (I Cor6:19-20)9. I have been established, anointed, sealed by God inChrist, and I have beengiven the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come. (2 Cor1:21; Eph 1:13-14)10. I have died so I no longer live for myself, but for Christ. (2 Cor 5:14-15)11. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives inme. (Gal 2:20)12. I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing inChrist. (Eph 1:3)13. I have been chosen to be inChrist before the foundation of the world to beholy and without blame before Him. (Eph 1:4)14. I have been predestined (determined by God) to be His adopted son. (Eph 1:5)15. I have been redeemed and forgiven; I am a receiver of His abundant grace.(Eph 1:7)16. I have been made alive together with Christ. (Eph 2:5)17. I have been raised up and seated with Christin heaven. (Eph 2:6)18. I have been given direct access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Eph 2:18)19. I have permission to approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence.(Eph 3:12)20. I have been redeemed from the domain of satan's rule and transferred to thekingdom of Christ. (Col 1:13)
Isaac Ambrose (1591 – 1664) was an English Puritan divine. He was one of king s four preachers in Lancashire in 1631. He was twice imprisoned by commissioners of array. He worked for establishment of Presbyterianism; successively at Leeds, Preston, and Garstang, whence he was ejected for nonconformity in 1662. He also published religious works. As a religious writer Ambrose has a vividness and freshness of imagination possessed by scarcely any of the Puritan Nonconformists. Many who have no love for Puritan doctrine, nor sympathy with Puritan experience, have appreciated the pathos and beauty of his writings, and his Looking unto Jesus long held its own in popular appreciation with the writings of John Bunyan. The author of this work was one of the Nonconformist divines, whoso writings are akin to those of Baxter, Flavel, Howe, and othors who have greatly enriched our stores of theological literature. He takes up, in this book, and discusses with great clearness and devotion, tho character, life, and work of our blessed Lord. A prefatory letter says of Ambrose: "He is described by Calamy as a man of substantial worth, eminent piety, and exemplary life; and the same author relates of him, that it was his custom, once a year for the space of a month, to retire into a hut in a wood, and avoiding all human intercourse, to devote himself to contemplation." Those who love to dwell upon their Saviour s life will find in Ambrose s writings much to enkindle their feelings of devotion, and many topics for meditation. Were we to study such books more, their beneficial influence would be seen in our sermons and in our lives.