Identity “In Christ”!
posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Ephesians 1:12-13 (NLT)12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own[a] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
1 Peter 2:10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
In the Bible, Paul identified Jesus as the “last Adam” because he is the remedy and redeemer of our “Born Identity”, whereas the first Adam was the source and the downfall of humanity.
The first Adam turned from the Father in a garden, the last Adam turned to the Father in a garden.
The first Adam was naked and unashamed: the last Adam was naked and bore our shame.
The first Adams sin brought us thorns, the last Adam wore a corn of thorns.
The first Adam substituted himself for God, the last Adam was God Substituting himself for sinners. The first Adam sinned at a tree, the last Adam bore our sin on a tree.
The first Adam died as a sinner, the last Adam died for sinners.
We die in Adam but we are Born Again in Christ, in Adam there is condemnation, but in Christ there is salvation. In Adam we receive a sin nature, but in Christ we receive a new nature.
In Adam we’re cursed, but in Christ we’re blessed. In Adam there is wrath and death, but in Christ there is love and life.
My goal to address the massive need in our lives, our need for identity. I would like to connect the established fact the Jesus is identified with infallible biblical proof that He is the Christ the Son of the Living God. Now based upon His identity, His Birth, life and death and resurrection, we can be reborn (born again) into our true identity which is only realized “IN CHRIST”.