Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Finding and Keeping Our Identity IN CHRIST

The difference between the first Adam and the last Adam, Jesus Christ, spells the difference between life and death for us. Perhaps it is best stated in scripture:

Version: NAS

1 Corinthians 15:22
"For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive."

The phrase "in Christ" is the most critical element of our identity. So let's look a little deeper to see what this really means:

We weren't born "in Christ". We were born into sin, thanks to Adam and his sin in the Garden of Eden. So, what is God's plan to transform us from living like Adam to living like Jesus? When Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, He told us in John 3:3, "We must be "born-again". Our physical birth brings us only physical life, but Jesus promises us spiritual life, "Zoe" life, through Himself.

John 3:36
"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life..."

When we become believers and have that re-birth experience we have our name written the the Lamb's Book of Life.

Revelation 21:27

and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

The "lamb's book of life" is literally a list of names of those who have asked Jesus into their hearts as Lord and Savior.

Contrary to what a lot of Christians believe, eternal life is not something you get when you die. We are spiritually alive in Christ right now. We were born again spiritually at our "salvation experience". We take on the "Zoe" life. When we die physically, we will exchange our earthly bodies for another "heavenly" type body. But our spiritual life in Christ will continue on; our spirit will move on to be with Jesus in heaven.

As in the words of the author, "Salvation is not a future addition; it's a present transformation. Eternal life is not something you get when you die. Eternal life is something you possess right now because you're "in Christ"."

Being a Christian is not just a matter of "getting something"; forgiveness of sin, and eternity in heaven with God, but we receive a new nature. Being born-again transformed us into someone who didn't exist before; a saint, a divine masterpiece, a child of God, and a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

It's not what we do as a Christian that determines who we are, but it's who we are that determines what we do.

When we have our identity straight; knowing that we are a child of God, a new creation in Christ, it will affect how we think, our decisions and our outlook on the future. Knowing we are God's child, loved and cherished by Him, we will be raising our heads and feeling hope and optimism, not feeling defeated, unloved, and condemned. Knowing who we are "in Christ" will absolutely change our life.

Version: KJV

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

1 John 3:1-3
1. See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and [such] we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. 3. And everyone who has this hope [fixed] on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

So leave behind the identity with Adam, and find your true identity "in Christ" with Jesus. Think of yourself as the new creation in Christ. Look over the list of "Who I Am in Christ" from the earlier post of January 28, and start believing them. Believe what God has to say about you, then find your actions and life start changing too.

in Jesus,

concepts and ideas from Chapter 2,
 Victory Over the Darkness


  1. My favorite verse on this topic is Galations 2:20. Some Christians have an identity crisis and don't know it. It's important to see yourself as who God says you are.

  2. Amen, it is all about who we are NOW, not who we use to be. The blood made the difference. Most people I know think of Christianity in past/future terms and most of the verb's are present tense, which means, as you pointed out,we should think of it in terms of right now. Good post!

  3. Praising GOD for allowing me the privilege of possessing eternal life in the here and now.
    Great post.
    Blessings, andrea

  4. This has been a struggle for me in my Christian walk. Because I came out of a works based denomination, I have always struggled with being good enough.I am not, nor will I ever be good enough. It is only in Him that I am made perfect.
    Thanks Debra.

  5. Wow! After reading this post and then David's comment I am overwhelmed at how God draws us all together with one thought. I began blogging to "create" an identity for myself, but along the way God showed me I already had one through Him. It was always there, but at some point I had lost it. He provided a way for me to find it and I'm trying to hold on to it now with both hands. Not always easy, (I'm not always an easy person to be around) but through His love and salvation I try and get up when I fall.

  6. You said it, sister "It's not what we do, but who we are!" Why do I keep trying to do, instead of just being...

    Thanks for the spiritual boost today Debra!

  7. Hi Debra. This is just a shout out to say that I'm here. I have been printing and reading the bible studies daily and enjoying each one.

    God bless all of you and thank you for your prayers for my family.

    Love, Tracy :)

  8. Love this post Debra!
    Blessings, GG

  9. This lesson supports my thinking and my experiences today. Why am I surprised?

    Today was a day of pleasure and almost euphoria and not because I was getting my way, but rather because I felt such intense gratitude.

    Then the afternoon hit, lunch with friends, feeling insecure, irritation from my father, a sense that I have not been acting in a way toward others that is right.

    Not eating whatever I want, whenever I want, exposes raw nerves.

    I said it.
    I hope that helps someone. You are not alone- either in Christ or in the world.


  10. Blessings Debra!
    All of the teachings of Jesus was about the Kingdom and how to walk in it - here on earth!
    Knowing who we are and walking in the victory that Christ gave to us. It comes down to who are you going to believe and stand on it! My flesh or soul likes to moan and groan but lately I have started talking to it and telling it the Word! Bless the Lord, Oh my soul... even if I don't feel like it!
    Thanks Debra

  11. I just want to tell you all that have commented today, that today was a day that I needed your confirmation and support. Today I needed to know that this makes a difference to some of you...just one of those days, I guess.
    love you all, God is good.


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