My Identity in Christ
Because of Christ’s redemption, I am a new creation of great worth.
I am deeply loved by God,
I am completely forgiven,
I am fully pleasing to God,
I am totally accepted by God and
I am absolutely complete in Christ.
Do I believe this?
I know what I believe, but do I really believe what I say that I know??
Many people have a hard time believing that they are completely forgiven by God and and as a result end up making guilt payments for most of their lives.
- What do you think I mean by making guilt payments?
- Guilt payments are a result of wrong thinking and believing.
However, this kind of wrong thinking frustrates the grace of God from working effectively and setting you free from all of sins effects.
Ill. Book of Galatians is all about this.
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the LAW, then Christ is dead in vain.” Gal. 2:21
We became righteous because of what Jesus did on the cross for us!
I am completely forgiven of all sin.
But I may still have to suffer some consequences on earth even though I am completely forgiven by God.
Artie the bank robber.
When were you forgiven of all your sins? Before foundation of world X slain – Rev. 13:8. Also Romans 5:8 KJV then verse 9-10 in Ampl.
When did you receive forgiveness of all your sins? The day you received X.
“As many as RECEIVED HIM, to them gave HE the power to become the sons of God, to those who believe on His name.” John 1:12
How did you do this?
“With the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom. 10:10
Jesus’ death was an overpayment to save the whole world – an overpayment that paid for all your sins even in the future and you still have credit in your account at the end. This credit is called favor and grace from God in our lives with Him using us and working through us to bless others.
I am completely forgiven!
Get this truth established in your heart by making it part of your daily confession with your mouth. Once you get this established then the enemy will not be able to fool you with your feelings. Sometimes your feelings are contrary to truth. Maybe you feel God has not forgiven or you are just too bad to be forgiven. Then You NEED this truth and must get your heart, mind, feelings, wrapped around this.
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace that we may RECEIVE MERCY,
And FIND GRACE to help in time of need, coming just when we need it. HEB. 4:16 KJV/AMP
Mercy is simply received by faith.
Mercy is God not punishing us for what we deserve.
Mercy and grace are often confused. Grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference: mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.
Grace is often defined as unmerited favor but it is so much more. Grace is God giving us ability and favor to do things that we could not do on our own.
Spiritual gifts in the church are grace gifts I Cor. 12
Considering the list of the nine gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 we can classify them into three categories to get a better overview:
1. Revelation-gifts bring to light what was hidden.
- Word of wisdom
- Word of knowledge
- Discerning of spirits
2. Power-gifts manifest God’s power visibly.
- Gifts of healings
- Working of miracles
3. Speaking-gifts communicate grace to hearers.
- Speaking in tongues
All spiritual gifts operate the same way the gift of salvation operated in you to bring you redemption.
“By grace through faith”
Back to God’s mercy and grace for us today.
We are told to come boldly or CONFIDENTLY to God’s throne to receive mercy and find grace.
On what are we to base our confidence to be able to come to God and confidently receive mercy and confidently know we will find grace?
- Most will say based on God’s Word and that is true but I am looking for something more specific here.
God tells us to come confidently knowing we will receive mercy based on one thing.
“If any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” I John 2:2
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” I John 4:10
ill. Remember the movie last week of the bridge tender and sacrificing his son for the sake of saving people on the train?
Propitiation is not a word we use much today.
Let’s think about what these words mean, then, beginning with the word expiation. The prefix ex means “out of” or “from,” so expiation has to do with removing something or taking something away.
(Board “Expiation” Ex – to remove or out of. Jesus has removed our penalty for sin. “Propitiation” Pro – for or to add to. In the Latin it seems to have the meaning of mercy and grace added now.
Ill. Let me explain it like this. God’s throne is described as having a mercy seat. The Mercy seat was the stone lid covered with gold on the ark of the covenant.
PIC of Ark of Covenant
Inside the ark of God’s covenant was:
1. The law which we could not fulfill – Jesus did.
2. Aarons rod – the priesthood we could not – Jesus did.
3. Manna – supernatural provision – Jesus is the bread
Now the lid could be removed and we can find grace- ability to keep the LAW – through Jesus, to enjoy the priesthood and be kings and priest of God – through Jesus. To have access to supernatural provision Manna – through Jesus.
Because we are completely forgiven we have access to grace that people before the new covenant did not have.
I am completely forgiven is an important part of our true identity.
“. . . the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin [keeps us cleansed from all sin].” I John 1:7 kjv/amp
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Co. 5:21
- This capsulizes the whole gospel in one verse.
“For our sake God made Christ virtually to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we become righteous without sin and acceptable to God in right relationship with Him by His grace.”
2 Cor. 5:21 Ampl.
He paid a debt He did not owe,
I owed a debt I could not pay.
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song,
Amazing grace all day long.
Christ Jesus paid a debt that
I could never pay.
Last words or Apostle Peter are written to us
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
WE already have all the grace we will ever need.
But we can grow in grace by accessing the knowledge experientially of Jesus through the Word. How and what will this look like practically in my life today.
It will look just like it did the day you believed that you received the forgiveness of all your sins – freedom. But now that You have this You can give it away to anyone, no matter how bad they have treated you or yours.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, Whom you were sealed for unto the final deliverance from evil and consequences of sin. Let all bitterness, anger and wrath and resentment and slander be put away from you: and become useful and helpful and kind to one another, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.
Eph. 4:30-32 AMP/para