My Identity in Christ

Because of Christ’s redemption,

I am a new creation of great worth.

I am deeply loved,

Completely forgiven,

Fully pleasing,

Totally accepted by God and

Absolutely complete in Christ.

 

(Not because of what I do.

Not because of what others say about me.)

When a person becomes born from above by HS he is a brand new creation that did not exist before this.

Holy Spirit of God merges with your human spirit.

        S + s = Ss  ( 2 Cor. 5:17)

Your soul and body are still the same.

Bible calls it the inner man and outer man. The outer man is perishing but the inner man can be renewed and get better daily.

Your old human spirit was dead to the things of God. Now God’s HS has come to dwell in you making your human spirit born again, new and alive to the things of God. Before you were born again you lived like this:

Soul (mind, will, emotions) ruled your body.

 Now, your human spirit is alive and merged to the Spirit of God.  You have to re-train your soul and body to obey the Sspirit.  

          Sspirit rule over your soul and body.

Now you notice a tension inside you more than ever.

“For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are opposed to the flesh; for these are antagonistic to each other [continually in conflict with each other], so that you are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

          But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: they are immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealously, anger, selfishness, divisions, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing and the like. . . But the fruit of the Spirit [the work His Presence accomplishes] is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control. Against such things there is no law.

Gal. 5:17-23

 

The Spirit has desires and the flesh has desires.

The flesh is opposed to the Spirit.

The flesh is driven by works.

The Spirit leads producing fruit.

3 types of people:

1.   Lost – without God

2.   Saved – Spirit led

3.   Saved – Carnal, immature.

Brethren, I could not speak to you as spiritual men, but as carnal, even as babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for you were not yet strong enough. For you are still carnal (under the control of ordinary impulses). For as long as there are envying and jealousy, and arguing and divisions among you, are you not carnal and living like mere unchanged men?  I Cor. 3:1-3

What are the indications of being a carnal Christian?

1.   Milk of the Word -immature

2.   Carnal impulses

3.   Envy

4.   Jealousy

5.   Arguing and divisions

How does knowing my true identity in Christ help me mature? Why is knowing our identity in Christ and what God did for us important for spiritual growth? How can we come to know and live out our identity in Christ?

This identity statement is not just psychology. It is based on what God says about us being in Christ.

Because of Christ’s redemption,

I am a new creation. . .  2 Cor. 5:17

I am deeply loved, Jn 3:16, Rom. 8:31-9

Completely forgiven, Heb. 10:18

Fully pleasing, Col. 1:10

Totally accepted by God and Eph. 1:5-6

Absolutely complete in Christ. Col. 2:10

I say this out loud every day to myself. You should too. Keep this card where you will see it every morning and say it out loud. 
Why is this important? The first thing a child learns is his identity. Who you are and who you belong to. Belonging is important to people. We need to belong. Israel had 12 tribes. You would belong to one tribe. It gave you worthy and value to belong to someone bigger than yourself.

Early in life the devil tries to steal your identity and give you another false identity like:

          You are a bastard child. You are illegitimate. No one wanted you. You were a mistake. You are a failure. You are worthless. You are dirty, shameful, or just you are a bad person. You are hopeless, etc.

Some people go through life w/o getting their identity straight. AS a result, they miss their destiny.

Let’s stand up and speak out your identity. Your homework this week is to say this out loud to yourself at least everyday once.

Because of Christ’s redemption,

I am a new creation of great worth.

I am deeply loved,

Completely forgiven,

Fully pleasing,

Totally accepted by God and

Absolutely complete in Christ.