My Identity in Christ Part 6

My Identity in Christ - Part 6

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.  

What does it mean to be a Christian?

The word “Christian” is only used 3 times in the Bible. But the phrase

 “In Christ” is used 27 times in the book of Ephesians, and over 160 times in the NT. If Paul had a name for his ministry like some traveling ministers do, it would have been “In Christ” ministries, because that is what he wrote about more than any other thing. The best way to describe what a Christians truly is, is with this frequent phrase “In Christ”. A supernatural union of Christ living in you and you in Him.

Identity theft = where someone uses your SSN or drivers license or personal info to get money, loan, access to your stuff.

PIC : Identity Theft

Just like our fingerprint identifies our physical body,

Pic: fingerprints

Your physically identity lasts only as long as you live in a body. But your spiritual identity lasts forever. Yet most Christians have had their spiritual identity stolen from them and they don’t even know it.

Our Spirit-print Identity is “In Christ”.

This defines who you are to God. The way He sees you.

Pic - Fingerprint with Cross

160 times in the Bible the words “In Christ” are used giving us a revelation of our spiritual Identity to God. Here are some:

1.   You are a new creation – 2 Cor. 5:17

If Gary be in Christ, old things have passed away and all things become new.”

2.   You have no condemnation – Rom. 8:1

“There is no condemnation for ­­­­­_______, who is in Christ Jesus.”

3.   You can never be separated from God’s love – Rom. 8:39

“Nothing – absolutely nothing – can separate _______from the

love of God in Christ Jesus.”

Wherever “In Christ” is used in scripture, there is a revelation of your identity in Christ (How God sees you).

“You are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.”  Col. 2:10

What does it mean to have your identity in Christ? It’s not just a matter of claiming Bible verses for yourself! To have your identity in Christ means that you’re placing your confidence for living the Christian life in what the Lord Jesus accomplished for you!

 To be in Christ means you’re learning to do all that you do with Jesus in the Kingdom of God. It means that you’re yielding to the life of God in you and through this you are living the Spirit-led and directed life.

The Exchanged Life or the Yielded Life:

I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, Yet, not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loves me and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20

We cannot live the Christian Life. If we could then Jesus died in vain. Jesus is the only One who can live the Christian life, which is His Life being lived through us yielding to Him.

“For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that are required for living the Christian life, through the knowledge of Him Who called us . . .” 2 Peter 1:3

 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. 

2 Peter 1:3 Message Bible

What difference does it make for me to know that as a Christian I am already complete in Christ?

          It is a matter of “being” versus “doing”. It is a matter of resting in the finished work of Christ and not “trying hard” to live the Christian life. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of Hosts.”     Zechariah 4:6

“While the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered today, let us fear that any of you should come short of reaching it. . . for we who have believed do enter that rest. . . Again He sets a new today, and gives another opportunity to securing that rest. . . Let us then be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest of God [to know and experience it for ourselves].” Heb. 4:1-11 Ampl/Paraphrased.

This “rest” is not doing nothing. It is not inactivity; it is activity that is directed by the Spirit of God.

These people who clearly grasp their identity in Christ, have Christ dwelling in them and they dwell in Him. He is the source of their life and it shows in everything they do.

 C. S. Lewis wrote: These people have an inner serenity which adversity cannot disturb; it is the peace of Christ.

They have a spiritual power that physical weakness cannot destroy; it is the power of Christ. They have a hidden vitality that even the process of dying and death cannot quench; it is the life of Christ.
  To use Biblical expressions, “The peace of Christ rules in their hearts,” “the power of Christ is made perfect in their weakness,” and “the life of Christ is made manifest in their mortal flesh.”
  The most common description in the Scriptures of a follower of Jesus is that he or she is a person “in Christ.”

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.

Concl: Talking to my son Andrew on the phone once a week from prison. Usually I close our conversation by always saying, “Remember who you really are Andrew. You are a mighty man of God. Remember who you are!”

ill. Alexander the Great was a mighty man of courage and conquered every land he could conquer till he became conqueror of the whole world. Alexander the Great, one of the greatest military generals who ever lived, conquered almost the entire known world with his vast army. One night during a campaign, he couldn't sleep and left his tent to walk around the campgrounds. As he was walking he came across a soldier asleep on guard duty – a serious offense. The penalty for falling asleep on guard duty was, in some
cases, instant death; the commanding officer sometimes poured kerosene on the sleeping soldier and lit tithe soldier began to wake up as Alexander the Great approached him. Recognizing who was standing in front of him, the young man feared for his life. "Do you know what the penalty is for falling asleep on guard duty?"
Alexander the Great asked the soldier. “Yes, sir," the soldier responded in a quivering voice. “Soldier, what's your name?" demanded Alexander the Great. “Alexander, sir. “Alexander the Great repeated the question: "What is your name? “My name is Alexander, sir," the soldier repeated. A third time and more loudly Alexander the Great asked, "What is your name? “A third time the soldier meekly said, "My name is Alexander, sir. “Alexander the Great then looked the young soldier straight in the eye. "Soldier," he said with intensity, "either change your name or change your conduct."