Identity in Christ
01 – Introduction
This is a study concerning who we are in the Body of Christ, our identity. An accurate understanding of our identity enables us to more effectively interact with God, with one another, and with the environment or atmosphere around us. The identity is what God has to say about us. All we need to do is come into agreement with Him. When we come into agreement with God, our faith is increased, and His power and love can be released through us.
There is an identity for each of us as individuals as well as a corporate identity for the Body of Christ. There may also be aspects of identity for groups of people within the body, not for segregation purposes, rather, for the balance and understanding of how the body works, much like we have a fleshly body but different systems within it.
I once attended a church that had an interim pastor, Alan Furst, who used this definition of faith that I have adopted: Faith is believing that God is who He says He is, that we are who God says we are, and that God will do what He says He will do. That definition lays out the Word of God as the Scripture tells us who God is, who we are, and what God has done and intends to do in the future.
This study focuses on the second component: We are who God says we are. God tells us who we are individually and corporately. Scripture goes on to describe different aspects of gifts and attributes that may differ from person to person. These gifts, blessings, and responsibilities are for the sake of the body, not for the ego of the individual. The focus is always on glorifying God. God created us in His image; we are His. God redeemed us through the work of the cross; we are His. As disciples we have surrendered ourselves to Christ as Lord; we are His. We are not our own; we are His.
So, if intimacy with God is something you crave, this study is for you. If hearing from God more clearly is something you desire, this study is for you. If assurance of your security in His salvation is something you long for, this study is for you. If you need to overcome insecurity or self-esteem issues, this study is for you. This study is intended to be reliant on Holy Spirit leading us through Scripture and revealing who God says we are. I pray we each receive personal revelation as well concerning the course of our lives in Christ.
02 – Children of God
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