Identity in Christ
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
We spent nearly 6 months recently getting to know the Names of God…and even more, I pray, His character and love for us so that we could know and love Him more fully. God back and check out the videos, podcasts and/or articles at www.loveandlordship.com that cover all His Names and how they are all manifested in Christ! We then began this focus on Love and again, I pray, that it is a bridge between Who He Is and His Love for us and drawing us to fulfill the first and greatest command to worship Him alone and Love Him with all we are.
Hopefully, and in line with God’s Word, we will continue to make our first love a wholehearted growing love and devotion to Him. Only then can we begin to show His Love by loving ourselves and then dying to self to love others just as He did.
With this in mind we recently began focusing on loving who we are in Christ. This is our present focus and I want to look at what God’s Word tells us about who we are as we are recreated in Christ to do all that He has purposed for us to do.
In order to truly love ourselves we must know that our identity is fully in Christ and not in our own flesh, the broken world or the lies and deceptions of the enemy.
Who I Am In Christ is what He wants me to know and only as I get to know and love Him and love who I am can I then love others to show them who Christ is and His Love for them.
Over the next several weeks we’re going to focus on three areas that His Word proclaims over each and every one of us in Christ…1) I Am Accepted and therefore never alone; 2) I Am Secure and therefore need never fear, and; 3) I Am Significant and have a tremendous purpose in this life and in God’s Kingdom!
Please be praying as we go through this that all those who read and share this will be growing in his/her love for God and, as they mature continually in that love, to know and love who they are in Christ!
For starters…You are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). It may not always feel like it in this world or in your flesh but that never changes that you have been made perfect, whole and complete in Him and He is the Authority over all things!
The only way you will ever truly love God, yourself and others is according to His Word of Truth, by His Love and knowing your identity in Christ. Let’s look deeper at the Truth that we (you and I) are complete in Christ and what that means for us.
This concept of complete or whole in Christ comes from the Hebrew word “shalom,” most often interpreted as “peace.” But it is much more and the only way to know that peace is to accept and be complete in Him…every part of your life integrally aligned with His Truth!
We continue with that overarching Truth that we are accepted in Christ as we look at the reality that in Him we are sons and daughters of God (John 1:12-13).
Listen carefully and let this change your life…You and I, and all who believe in their hearts and by their lives in Christ, are adopted into His family and God receives us as His children (2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 4:4-7). We can literally call God our “Daddy” as that is what “Abba” means in Galatians 4:6. He desires to be that close to us, to know us that intimately and for us to know Him.
Even more, He literally chose you, me…all those who choose to put their faith in Christ to adopt us as sons and daughters (Ephesians 1:5-6) into His Family and Kingdom. Not just sons and daughters of the Most High God…we are joint heirs with our Brother, Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:14-17). How awesome is that!?!
Do you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord and know that you are a child of God, that He is your loving intimate Daddy? Christ paid the ultimate price so you could be? Do you know that if you are then you are an heir with Christ of the Kingdom of God as His child? I pray that you do.
We can only love others with the love we have received from God and by faith can love who we are in Christ. You are the only person that you take into every other relationship…so how’s that working for you?
Learning to love our self begins with loving God and listening to Him and who He has said that you are in Christ. Backing up a bit in Romans 8 we see just how far God would go to show us our acceptance in Christ that even while we (you and I) were still sinners, God loved me and sent Christ to die for me (Romans 5:8).
This is absolutely crucial because it means that you and I can now be in God’s presence because we have been rescued, redeemed and forgiven…whole and holy (Colossians 1:13-14) by what Christ has done for us! Nothing impure, imperfect or sinful can stand in His presence…but that is not any longer who or what we are in Christ.
Not only does this mean that we can be in His presence but because of His Grace through Christ’s sacrifice and our forgiveness and redemption we can be in a relationship with Him. That’s why we are now sons and daughters all because of what He has done and we receive by faith through Grace. Look at the 2 previous verses in Ephesians 2 to our focus verse that tells us we are His Masterpiece, literally in Greek, His “poemia.” Christ has made it so! (Ephesians 2:8-9)!
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – Are you beginning to see how God values and loves you? Are you beginning to love yourself even more…or maybe for the first time? You can because of what Christ has done for you! Don’t miss it!
Love and Lordship…Action Items –
- Read the Scriptures in this article and ask The Holy Spirit to teach you.
- Journal what you’ve learned about your identity in Christ in this post.
- Spend time in God’s Word and prayer and ask The Holy Spirit to show you what it means to be all the Christ has made you based on the texts in this post.
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