Knowing and Loving Who You Are in Christ – Pt 2
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Here’s one of the most powerful and fulfilling promises that we have in Christ…I (You) am (are) established, anointed and sealed by God with the promise and presence of The Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)!
In all these promises that we’ve been talking about as our identity in Christ, as well as so many more to come, every one of them are “Yes” in Christ. You are anointed…which is taken from the pouring of oil on the head and beard of the High Priest (and any others), allowing it to run down over the garments of the person so that they were being set apart for God’s specific purposes. The anointing of the Holy Spirit has set you apart for God’s Kingdom purposes that He created, and recreated in Christ, for His Glory and your good.
All of this has been sealed by the giving and filling of The Holy Spirit it you. He is the deposit dwelling in you that guarantees that you belong to God and He is Your Heavenly Father and will always care for you!
You are established in every condition and every Truth that His Word has said that you are. Now, don’t let the world or others compare, rate or rank you in any way…you have the very Spirit of God in you if you are a believer in Christ and He will show you all that He has in store for you as you seek, know and love Him!
Do you know Him or are you still trying to figure it out yourself and allowing the world to define who you are? You can know and it is the greatest thing you will ever know…established, anointed and sealed by Him and for Him…and as you are you will come to know what it means to be free and fulfilled!
I pray that you’ve been encouraged and blessed by walking through the Truths of God’s Word that declare who you are in Christ. Nothing in this world or the spiritual realm can take this identity away from you. The only way you step out of this identity is if you choose to do so, walk away from and reject Christ.
Even then, and this a beautiful part of our identity because of Who He Is…He still loves you and like the father of the prodigal son, he waits with open arms to show you that love. You need to know this and remember it at all times so you will continue to grow and walk in who He is showing you that you are in Christ… nothing can separate you from His Love (Romans 8:35-39)!
Don’t let your past, your present, those around you, the world, your selfish desires or anything else keep you from His Love that is always available to you because of what Christ has done.
This is what He wants you to desperately know so that you not only know His Love but can truly know and love who you are in Christ!
Do you know Him and His Love? Are you beginning to know and love more and more who He has recreated you to be in Christ? You can because He died and rose again!
As I pray we are becoming very aware that our identity in Christ is very fulfilling, our focus today should encourage us to know and love not only who we are in Christ but what He has called us to.
Paul describes it in Philippians 1:6 when he states that God is at work among us and in and through us. He goes so far as to say that he’s very confident (and wants us to be as well) that our Great God who has begun a work in each and every one of us is faithful to complete that work by the return of Christ.
We need to be assured that Christ has not only saved us but as we walk with Him as Lord, He is fulfilling every purpose and the specific purpose that God has created us for and that Christ gave Himself so we could be recreated to accomplish that end (Ephesians 2:10)!
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – We can continue to strive in our own strength to fulfill what we would like to do to please or impress others…or we can rest and abide in God through Christ who has given us all we need. As we do so we will find that the greatest confidence and contentment are found in Him and His perfect purpose in and through us. I pray you know Him and are finding out all He has in store for you.
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.
- Reflect on and write about what it means for God to “seal” you by His Holy Spirit.
- Reflect on and write about what it means that nothing can separate you from God’s Love.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns and we’ll walk through them together in The Lord and His Spirit.
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