IDENTITY (5-26.08.11)

When we welcome Jesus into our lives as Saviour and Lord, then we not only enter into this new relationship with Him, but also with His Heavenly Father. Jesus shares with us this unique sonship and His new nature and IDENTITY!
“To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, not of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13)
As children born of God, Jesus shares with us all the spiritual resources that belong to him (John 16:15), which includes His inheritance and IDENTITY (we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ) and a new future and destiny (Revelation 3:21). It is in entering into this relationship with Jesus that we begin to discover who we ourselves are!
This is very well illustrated from the story of Peter in the New Testament. When Andrew introduced his brother Simon (Peter’s original name) to Jesus, we are told that “Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas’ (which, when translated, is Peter)” (John 1:42). The meaning of the words Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) is ‘rock’. Reading through the Gospel stories, one gets the impression that Peter was anything but a rock. He was very much aware of his own sinfulness, an impetuous character, often speaking out of turn. Finally he denied his knowledge of Jesus three times, after boasting he would die for him (Mark 14:29-31). However, when Jesus looks at us he sees not so much what we are, but what we can become if we are willing to let him manage our lives in his way. And so he gives Simon the new identity of Peter, the rock, and sets about working on him to produce the character that is in line with that identity.
Our relationship and identity with Christ also births our new our purpose for living as the apostle Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Paul is saying that the old independent ‘I’, in rebellion against God and out of fellowship with him, no longer exists. It received its death sentence through identification with Christ on the cross. However, in experiencing the presence of the risen Christ in his life, through the Spirit, the ‘I’ of the real Paul, created by God as an autonomous individual with God-like qualities, is more alive than ever.
So we discover our true identity when we are in a true communion with Christ. Our identity is the by-product of our authentic fellowship with God and a transformed life by Christ’s power. It is a loving relationship and friendship, which leads to doing the will of the Father. Experiencing life in its fullest need not to be a struggle. God desires for every Christ-follower to realise that we now have a new life, new identity and new destiny in Him. When fully understanding that, we will feel empowered to live this life to the max as God intends.
Throughout this series, we will discover this truth together and get our lives transformed for the better in Christ Jesus!

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