My Identity in Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We have to remember who we are and whose we are as children of God. We are spiritual beings having a natural experience here on earth and we are Ambassadors for Christ. We have to remember the authority that we have in Christ Jesus and our position as we are seated in heavenly places. This puts us in a position which is above all principalities and powers and the devil is under our feet. We are born into the family of Adam and born in sin and shaped in iniquity and in sin did our mothers conceive us (Psalm 51:5). This is why we are born again when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour and we become adopted into the family of God.

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”” (John 3:3). This born again experience is renouncing all sin and making a commitment to serve Jesus as Lord and saviour. When we are born again, we become brand new and our old selves are passed away and gives way to a new person. This newness represents the seed of Abraham and the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). You may not always feel like righteousness but you are righteous and holy.

The transformation experience is a gradual one for some people, but how we feel does not determine our righteousness. A newborn Christian may still stumble and struggle with some besetting sins. God continues the work to renew and transform us into his perfect image. Our old selves have died to the deeds of the flesh and we are alive in Christ Jesus. We now walk in the newness of life and are being transformed from glory to glory. The Christian journey is a growth experience as we continue to read the word, pray and remain connected to God to draw sustenance from him.

“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). We now live in the spirit and the Holy Spirit guides, teaches and comforts us. The Holy Spirit corrects and consoles us and as we abide in God he gives us revelation knowledge to be able to see and understand hidden mysteries. We are in this world but not of it and we are not governed by this world system. We no longer live in the flesh or continue to gratify the desires of the flesh which leads to corruption. Rather we put our flesh under subjection and we live in the spirit.

“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever”” (Revelation 11:15).


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