Identity – Knowing and Loving Who You Are in Christ
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) (KJ21)
We’re talking now about our security in Christ and what that looks like according to His Truth and knowing that our identity is defined by and secure in Him.
Did you know that because He has saved all who believe that, as a believer, you are forever free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-8). This does not mean that you can claim His grace and go on sinning (see Romans 6) but knowing that you’ve been saved by grace through faith you continue to walk in that identity by living in grace through faith!
Romans 8 goes on to tell us that those who are no longer condemned because they are in Christ are those who walk not according to the flesh but according to The Spirit. Your new identity in Christ, His love for you and yours for Him compels you to walk away from the things of the flesh and selfish desires and in surrender to Him, walk according to His word and Spirit!
This is your identity in Christ…know that you can daily and moment by moment choose to walk out the Truths of His Word and Spirit. That’s what He’s done for you (and me…all who believe) in abolishing the works of the Law that none of us could keep and therefore our identity was that of sin and failure. He has changed all of that!
He took all of that upon Himself and gave us this new identity with no condemnation that we can now grow in according to His Life (Spirit) in us!
Have you received Him as Savior and Lord and are now walking and growing in your new identity in which sin and the flesh to not rule over you (it is a process – discipleship and sanctification)? Or are you claiming Him as Savior and still walking according to the flesh?
Spend time in The Word and prayer and ask Him to have His way in every part of your life as you walk in the new identity of His Spirit and without condemnation!
We continue in seeking God’s Word of Truth for who He says that we are…our identity…and the reality is that we are accepted and secure in Christ. Those are good places to be if we will let them sink in and walk accordingly by faith through grace.
Building on the just mentioned Truth, in Christ and walking in His Spirit, we are free from any condemnation as Christ has paid the price. Even if we stumble in our walk and maturity, as we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9). Does that sound familiar from last week’s post?
This means that He has taken and abolished any accusations that the enemy or our own mind and flesh bring against us…we are free from any charges (Romans 8:31-34). The question is will you reject the now false charges from the flesh, the world and the enemy, and walk in His forgiveness, freedom and righteousness? Or will you allow the enemy to deceive and shame you into walking back into and committing those sins again?
You have a choice. He has taken that punishment for your sin(s) as well as made you righteous. He literally became sin and took our sin(s) so that we who believe are now made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Yet another familiar promise from His Word that should strengthen us in our walk and assurance of who we are in Christ. Walk in His Truth and believe and there can be no charge held against you because He has taken it.
Are you walking in that kind of forgiveness and freedom in Christ? You can. God is on your side…Christ is proof of that! So who can stand (or bring any charges) against you?
This who you are in Christ!
I hope you’re seeing how loved you are by God in His acceptance of you in Christ and realizing that you are secure in Him. As long as you remain in Christ by grace through faith, nothing can shake you. If you are being shaken, know He is there to make and keep you secure…check your relationship with Him.
We continue with the assurance of security as we realize in His Word that we will always have what we need (not all we want because God knows us better than we know ourselves and loves us too much to give us the selfish desires of our heart) (Philippians 4:19). We have this because of His grace (undeserved favor) and mercy (undeserved forgiveness and pardon) in Christ so that we now receive all the help we need (Hebrews 4:16).
Grace and mercy are the greatest needs we have for without them we could not hope to be saved, to know Him or be assured of our eternal salvation in Christ. Because Christ has paid the price, God’s perfect grace and mercy have been extended to us in gifts that we could never deserve (salvation, sanctification, blessings, eternal life and so much more) and in pardon and forgiveness that we can in no way earn…but Christ has made it so that we have help for every need. We can come boldly (and humbly) into God’s presence because Christ has made us holy (completely forgiven) and whole (healed) so that I’m perfect in God’s sight even as I continue to mature in His grace and mercy becoming more like
How reassuring is that? Do you know that regardless of what you’ve done or where you’ve been, you can freely receive His gift of grace and mercy at any time that covers every real need that you have (the Only Way)? He will see you through no matter what.
I pray that you know Him and His grace and mercy!
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – How reassuring is that? Do you know that regardless of what you’ve done or where you’ve been, you can freely receive His gift of grace and mercy at any time that covers every real need that you have (the Only Way)? He will see you through no matter what. I pray that you know Him and His grace and mercy!
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.
- Make a list of those things that you’re insecure about.
- Pray about your list and ask The Lord to show you in His Word and by His Spirit that He is your assurance and security in every trial and uncertainty.
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