Bible Ballistics: Your Identify?? Vol 4 #2 May 18, 2014
Our identity is important to us. But where is your identity based?
Romans 6:3-6, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
Paul tells us here that we are to be identified with Jesus—in His death, and in His resurrection. As he stated in Galatians 2:20,
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
We are identified with Christ at the cross. He died for me, so that I could live with him, not only with Him but having Him living within me. The fulfilling of the new covenant—Colossians 1:27,
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
This is our identification—‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’.
I can walk “in the Spirit”, because of what Christ has done for me/us. He accomplished the work of Salvation at Calvary and brought full deliverance through the resurrection. Incomparable new life that Jesus bought and brought to us in His resurrection. As He told Martha before He raised Lazarus,
John 11:26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” (now and in eternity)
John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Born OF GOD!!!
The question I raise today is “with whom are we identified?” Jesus? Or the world? We are to identify with sinners, but only in the sense that we, as redeemed sinners, are to call the world to Jesus; Because Jesus came to bring ‘everlasting life’ to those who will ‘believe’ in His atoning death. Christ in His death identified with us to save us, and I/we are sent to the world with the ‘good news’ of salvation in Christ alone. (see John 14:6)
Hebrews 2:14-16, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”
Jesus became “flesh and blood” to deliver us not only from hell, but also from sin and the bondage of it. He came to die for our sin, not His own! Are we willing to die to self and live for Him? That is the question we consider today.
We must continually ask ourselves if we are identified with the lost state of mankind, or if we are immersed in sin because we have settled for what the world offers rather than the glory of the Savior’s transforming power? (See Col. 1:12-14).
Are we willing to follow Him and leave the world’s allure to draw nearer to our Savior? Why would we? What does scripture tell us?
First, we have power to live in an intimate relationship to Christ:
Colossians 3:11b, “but Christ is all, and in all.”
Jesus is all sufficiency and He is in us via His Holy Spirit.
Romans 3:24, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Galatians 6:14-15, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”
John 8:42, “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”
We see here the power we have as a new creature, created in Christ Jesus. Are we walking in that power? Are we walking in His Spirit or our own flesh? It’s something that we wrestle with every day. That’s why we are called to continually, each day, put on His armor to stand fast (see Eph 6:10-18).
The alternative? God knows and so can we!!
Romans 2:16, “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” What do our friendships reveal?
John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
As other scriptures tell us, ‘we will all give an account’.. (See Hebrews 13:17, 1 Peter 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:10)
Give it some time this week and ask God what He has to say to you. Have a profitable time taking it before the Master. Ask, seek and knock!!!! Are you in love with the light or the dark? What do you reflect? God or the world??? Food for thought.