Episode 011: The True Identity In Christ (ENG)

October 26th, 2015

Theme: The True Identity In Christ ... Reflection... Prayers …
Theme Verse: Galatians 2: 20
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me..."

1. Believing the Good News.
Define the term ‘believe’:
To place confidence in Jesus. “To believe something to be true and, hence, worthy of being trusted.”  This is an absolute trust that means you rely 100% upon Jesus and 0% on yourself.  Believing is a continuous action.  It is an ongoing relationship with God.

2. Step of Faith to Eternal Life. Let’s look at what just happened in the life of a new believer. 

3. Salvation. All these things happened simultaneously when you believed.  This is why you may have felt so good.

  • Justified (Roman 5:1) You are in Right Standing with God
  • Regenerated (Ephesians 2: 1-5) You are alive on the Inside
  • Liberated (2 Corinthians 3: 17) You Are Free
  • Adopted (Galatians 4:4-6 & Romans 8: 15-16) You Belong
  • Reconciled (Colossians 1: 21-23) You have peace with God
  • Predestined (Ephesians 1: 3-5) You are Chosen
  • Redeemed (Ephesians 1: 7-8) You are Purchased by God
  • Sanctified (3 Stages of God’s Working Grace) You are becoming more Like Christ:

        a) Positional Sanctification (Past work of God)
        b) Experiential Sanctification (Present work of God)
        c) Glorification Sanctification (Future work of God)

  • Experiential Sanctification is the focus on our present live. This is to be experienced and is directly linked to our character.
  • It is continued transformation of moral and spiritual characters so that the believer’s life mirrors the positional righteous standing he or she already has in God’s sight. Sanctification is a process of making the person holy.

4. The Identity Crises: (PAW; P-positional, A-appearance, & W-wealth)
Our Natural Identity - was the primary mode that we operated from before coming to Christ. Our Natural Identity strengthened our inner man and defined our life. It is all wrapped up in what we look like to OTHERS.

Our Spiritual Identity - is the primary mode that we operate from after coming to Christ. Our Spiritual Identity strengthens our inner man and defines our life.

The Two Problems.

1. The First problem is when we still use our Natural Identity as our primary mode of functioning.
2. The Second and Most Frequent Problem is when we unintentionally portray our Spiritual Identity through the lense of our Natural Identity.
This is where we take all of our former experiences, attitudes, and mindsets of thinking from our Natural Identity and falsely portray them over to be our Spiritual Identity.  In doing so, we feel and see ourselves like the Christian illustrated below:

  • I am a horrible Christian.
  • I am a slave to sin.
  • I am not good enough, I must try harder.
  • I have blown it again and am unworthy of his love.

Former Reality

d.     The Solution:
We need to renew our minds and see ourselves the way God sees us.  Shifting over to this biblical reality is a process.  It takes time and discipline to believe the truth about how God sees you.

  • I am lavished with love (I John 3:1)
  • I am wonderfully made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26; Ps 139: 13-14)
  • I am totally forgiven (Eph. 1:7)
  • I am holy and blameless (Eph. 1:3; Col. 1:22)
  • I am pure and clean (2 Pt. 1:9; I John 1: 9; 2 Cor 11:2)
  • I am justified (Rom. 5:9)
  • I am valuable (Luke 12:24)
  • I am adopted (Eph. 1:5)
  • I am a beloved child of God (1 John 1:12)
  • I am regenerated and have the life of God living in me (Rom. 8:11)
  • I have been purchased with his blood and I am worth it all (Eph. 1:7-8; 1Pt. 1:18)

We must renew our mind to see ourselves the way God sees us in our Spiritual Identity. This starts by learning about the impact of salvation.

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