This past week of class at the Our Generation Training Center we learned about our identity in Christ. Our Identity in Christ is the most important part of our Christian life. Many Christian never realize the full joy they can have in their life because they think they serve an angry or cranky God, but that isn’t the God we serve.
It was a great blessing in my life to remember where I stand in Christ. Here are just a few of the great truths I learned this week. I hope as you read through them you will be encourage and more excited to serve the great God who loves us!
- Jesus Christ died for my sins and made me righteous. Jesus paid my sin debt on the cross and took all my judgment and condemnation and there is no condemnation left for me. (Romans 8:1-3.)
- I am accepted by Jesus. When He said me He made me accepted in the beloved. There is nothing that I have to do to earn favor with God. The moment I was saved he made me accepted. (Ephesians 1:6)
- Christianity doesn’t start with a big do, but a big DONE. Jesus said it on the cross, it is finished (John 19:30)
- I am loved by God, unconditionally. There is nothing that can separate me from the love of God. I can’t do anything that will make God love me any less or any more. God loves me and will always love me. I don’t have to do anything to earn that love. He gave it to me. (Romans 8:35-39)
- In fact God loved me when I hated Him. He loved me when I was a child of the devil. (1 John 4:10)
It is great to know that we are loved and accepted by Christ, there is nothing we can do to add or subtract from that truth. Often times we define our state with God by what we are doing, when Jesus did it all of for us. I read this quote in a book and I thought it helped me understand my identity in Christ.
“Still, the believer’s standing is in Christ, forever justified, accepted, perfect in Him. And, moreover, he must ever judge his state by his standing, never his standing by his state. To attempt to reach the standing by my state is legalism; to refuse to judge my state by the standing is antinomianism. Both—though so diverse one from the other—are alike false, alike opposed to the truth of God, alike offensive to the Holy Ghost, alike removed from the divine idea of A man in Christ.”- Mackintosh, C. H. (n.d.). The Man of God (p. 25). Oak Park, IL: Bible Truth Publishers.
Realizing our identity in Christ it wont make us complacent in our service to the Lord, it will give us an extra excitement and passion in our service to the Lord. Paul says to not use this liberty we have as an occasion to sin, but to serve in love. (Galatians 5:13)