Salvation: Your Identity in Christ

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Scripture: Gal. 3: 27-29 For all of you were baptize into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
Introduction:

Identity is the fact of being who or what a person or thing is, the state of having unique identifying characteristics held by no other person or thing.

Self-worth the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect

I.   Mistaken Identity:

  1. When we base our identity or our self worth on what the fallen world says of us we will receive a false identity.
  2. It is equivalent to asking a blind man for directions.
  3. 2 Co. 4:4 the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
  4. We have allowed parents or the people around us to define our identity or self-worth.
  5. Many people have no idea of their identity, who they are, what they want to do or their purpose for living.
  6. The self-image they have of themselves is nothing but a lie.
  7. Many people have been called loser, worthless, or no good like your father or mother.
  8. The sad thing is we believed them.
  9. Words like this hurt and take years to overcome for some people.
  10. Our identity is not found in what anyone says about you.
  11. No imperfect person has the right to define who you are seeing how that they also have fallen short of the glory of God like the rest of us.
  12. Our identity is not found in our failures.
  13. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall it how many times you get back up and keep going that says a lot about your character and who you are.
  14. Abraham Lincoln failed 2 times in business, 8 times to be elected before becoming the president of the United States.
  15. He could of quit many times but he never gave up.
  16. That is what made him a great man.
  17. He never gave up.
  18. Our identity is not defined by our circumstances or by people.

II.   Our Past Identity:

  1. Many times we allow our past sins to identify who we are as a person.
  2. Many people are haunted by their past.
  3. When the devil as well as people throw all our mistakes and failures up in our face and it is difficult to resist the truth about us.
  4. However, Our identity is not defined by our past even though it is the truth.
  5. The devil accuses us of what we have done.
  6. But Jesus says that is the truth but my blood covers it all, to be remembered no more.
  7. My Dad was called Wild Bill, when God changed his heart didn’t like this nickname that reminded him of all the bad things he had done.
  8. His new identity was Sweet William in Christ.
  9. Until we come to Christ all of us have been defined by our past.
  10. Phil 3:13 forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies
  11. There has to be a breaking of the will in order for us to be redefined in Christ.

III.   The Breaking of Our Will:

  1. Before we can recognize our true identity our will has to be broken of the lies of that false image we have taken pride in.
  2. Acts 7:30 and in Exodus 3 Moses was raised in Egypt for 40 years then when he killed an Egyptian he fled to the backside of the desert where he lived another 40 years.
  3. It took the Lord God 40 years in order to break the will of Moses.
  4. In Exodus 3:11 Moses said who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh?
  5. Then again in Exodus 4: 10 I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
  6. Moses faith in his own abilities was greatly diminished after 40 years.
  7. God greatly used Moses who found his identity in God.
  8. Joseph was a young boy who was pretty cocky with the dreams that God had given him.
  9. Genesis 37: 2 Joseph was17 years old when his brothers sold him to the Midianites.
  10. Genesis 41:46 Joseph was 30 years old when he became ruler of all Egypt.
  11. If my math serves me correctly Joseph spent 13 years as a slave and in prison.
  12. Joseph’s will had to be broken.
  13. He had to totally rely on God in all of his circumstances.
  14. Because of his total reliance upon God.
  15. God was with Joseph and blest him wherever he was.
  16. God allows our own consequences of sin and circumstances to break us of our own self will.
  17. So He can reveal who we really are……priceless treasures.

IV.   Our Identity is in Christ;

  1. We have to put on Christ before we can discover our true identity and our internal worth that we were born with.
  2. Putting on Jesus Christ is likening to putting on our armor.
  3. Some armor on the breastplate has their family crest identifying who they are.
  4. Our breast plate crest is Jesus Christ.
  5. The breastplate of righteousness is not our own but the putting on of Christ righteousness by faith.
  6. Think of putting on the chain mail of Christ upon your body followed by His breastplate of righteousness over the chain mail with His crest upon your chest thereby identifying who you are to the world.
  7. Paul stated in 3:9 that he had not a righteousness of his own but the righteousness that comes through faith in God.
  8. So therefore the chainmail and the breastplate is the clothing ourselves in Jesus Christ.
  9. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:27-29 NASB)
  10. We have lost our identity in Christ no longer are they’re any nationality, nor male or female but we are all as one in Christ.
  11. Jesus is our new identity
  12. Matthew 10: 40He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
  13. Matthew 18:4-5 “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
  14. Those who gave their hearts to Christ gave up their lives for something better.
  15. He who has lost his life for my sake will find it and indeed we have.
  16. If you define yourself as a loser you will forever walk like a loser if you allow God to define you a child of the king you will walk as a son of God with privileges.
  17. All the promises of God all the host of heaven are here to support you in your walk with God.
  18. 2 Kings 6:15 -17 Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
  19. The God of heaven told Moses, Joshua, Jeremiah and countless other to be not afraid.
  20. Why? There is more with us than be with them!!!
  21. Only the one who is our creator can define who you truly are for He made you.
  22. Christ listing of attributes——switch to Me
    1. Loving
    2. Compassionate
    3. Servant of All
    4. Giving
  23. You, all that you are—–switch to Jesus
    1. Hateful
    2. Spiteful
    3. Selfish
    4. Liar
    5. Stealing
    6. drugs
  24. Then switch Jesus to your list and your name to Jesus list.
  25. Jesus takes on what we WERE so we can become who He IS

V.   Our Inheritance:

  1. Has we find our identity in Christ walking as a child of the King we have certain privileges.
  2. Not only ALL the promises of God, not only ALL the host of heaven to back us but we also have an inheritance.
  3. As Joint heirs with Christ we will own it all.
  4. Ephesians 1: 3 – 14
  5. Let’s break down these verses.
  6. In verse 3 “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly in Christ” Blessed is in aorist tense meaning it is past tense it has already happened, done deal.
  7. In verse 4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him.
  8. In verse 5 he predestined us to adoption, as sons through Jesus according to His will and this in verse 6 is because of His grace which he freely bestowed upon us.
  9. In verse 7 We have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of all sins and again it because of the riches of His grace in verse 8 he lavished upon us.
  10. Meaning God spared no expense He went all out to secure our salvation.
  11. In verse 9 & 10 he made known to us the mystery of His will that is the acceptance of the redemption of the Jews and Gentiles by faith into His kingdom.
  12. In verse 11 we have an inheritance that was predestined according to His purpose.
  13. Predestinated according to the Greek is in aorist tense meaning it was decide before hand of our inheritance according to His will.
  14. In verse 12 the first to hope in Christ is the Jews.
  15. In verse 13 and 14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
  16. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise given as a pledge of our inheritance, we are God’s own possession.
  17. Sealed is the proof of purchase the redemption of those who accepted His plan of salvation.
  18. He sealed the purchase by putting the Holy Spirit inside of us.
  19. We now have all the authority of heaven backing us because of who we are or rather whose we are.
  20. Ephesians 3:1- 7 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.
  21. 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
  22. 2 Tim 2: 12 we will also reign with Him;
  23. Romans 8:16 -17 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
  24. John 3: 35 “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.
  25. SO this is meaning that everything we see that God has created is ours because it is our inheritance ordained by God in being joint heirs with Christ.
  26. Ephesians 3:6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
  27. We are truly rich as Christians.
  28. There is absolutely nothing we should ever be ashamed concerning our walk with him because we will own it all.
  29. We need to walk differently from now on as Christian’s.
  30. No longer are we the scum of the earth in the worlds eyes, we belong to the Jesus Christ the Son of God.
  31. We serve the God of the Universe who by His grace has given us access to His salvation and has planted His Holy Spirit as a seal guaranteeing our place with him.
  32. The Holy Spirit within us will help us to be MORE THAN CONQUERORS with anything we face as long as we totally rely upon Him.
  33. We has JOINT HEIRS with Christ what the world calls their own is actually all ours through Christ.
  34. As a Christian with the Spirit of the living God inside us comes with all the privileges, promises and support from the King of Kings.
  35. Never walk in fear again for we have a living hope an eternal hope in the heavens.

 

The Power of God Almighty

We need to give the world a better Christian!!!

The world sees a Christian that’s no better with sin than those people who are unbelievers. I’m not advocating that we will be perfect I’m just saying we can give them a better class of Christian than what they have been seeing.
In order to give the world a better class of Christian God will have to allow us to go through trials, tribulations and persecutions. We will experience the testing of our faith and at times we will fail but it will produce a steadfastness in us that will bring about a maturity thereby perfecting and completing us.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV)

We are only as powerful over sin as we think we are; knowing the truth gives us that power to succeed, to overcome, and to conquer. Know God’s truth and become a power house for Jesus Christ.
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”(Ephesians 1:19-23 NLT)

Jesus came to earth not only to give us a personal intimate demonstration of the reality of who He is as the Son of the Living God of heaven. He not only came to reveal to us the truth of the mysteries of God but to show us by example that through the grace of God we too can conquer over sins destruction in our lives.

Sins ultimate and permanent goal is separation, not only from all those you love because of your extreme selfishness to gratify your lustful desires but from the God of heaven in the lake of fire, which is the second death and second death meaning a complete permanent separation from all of Gods goodness (Rev. 20:12-15). A separation from God’s goodness is an unimaginable torment of all your senses.

As Christians all across the known world we often make excuses to sin and as to why we keep committing acts that keeps us weak as Christians as well as robbing us of all peace, joy and abundant life.

Paul strongly tells us what place sin should be in our lives.

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:12-18 NKJV)
So who is your true master is it Satan or is it God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ?

Keep in mind what the Apostle John tells us ……………. “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (I John 3:8 NKJV)

So if Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, how much more should we keep sin out of our lives and quit making excuses that its just our nature. Jesus destroyed the works of satan on the cross and his resurrection so therefore he has given us the power to overcome.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

He has given us everything we need to be Victorious in todays battle for our souls.
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NLT)
Let us stand tall in the face of adversity constantly reading, studying and ruminating of His word along with worshiping Christ through praises and thanksgivings all throughout each and every day.
Intimacy With Christ is a must!!!
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14 NLT)
Please do not come to the end of your life only to stand before God to hear him say, I’m sorry but I never knew you!

Love and Prayers
Richard

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The Court Room of Your Life

It would be scary to be in a court room with judge Judy, especially if your guilty. This also true if confronted by Judge Dredd in the Hollywood movies is the most famous judge, Sylvester Stallone portrays a cop with instant field judiciary powers to bring about immediate sentence on the guilty. The law is made for those who break it but to those who have a strong integrity to do what is right at all times the law is of no effect to them. the law cannot touch those who are not guilty. However, to those who are guilty of wrong guilty of sin the will hound the guilty until due justice is served. Jonathan Edwards preached a stirring message on “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” many souls were convicted and many got saved. The thought still remains for those who reject Jesus Christ and His salvation for a certain fear of pending judgement awaits those who rebel against His good grace. What people need to hear is that one day we will stand before a Judge of all judges, Lord of all lords, King of all Kings and His name is Jesus Christ. His judgment will not just be for a few months or years in jail but an eternity in a blistering insatiable fire of hell. Think about this do you want Jesus as your defense attorney or as your prosecutor against all the known sins you have ever committed?

What a great God we serve who is full of grace and mercy that he would give everything just for us to be with him! That he would lovingly and patiently give us as sinners who shake our fists up at God every opportunity to turn our minds and give our hearts to him in spite of all that we do against him and His word. The very fact that He gave His very Son to suffer and die in order to pay the sin debt that we owe in John 3:16. Imagine someone coming to your home and paying off all your debts that you owe. Jesus did this with our most costly as well as priceless possession that we have that belonged to Satan…….our soul. He bought, redeemed, and paid in full our debt to buy our souls back from destruction. Not only did he do this but he regenerated, transformed or basically cleaned us up brand new, just as if we were never tarnished or sinned, its what we call being justified. What a thoughtful loving God that loves us unconditionally who gave up His son to pay in full the sins we have committed against him. Those who have been forgiven, who have been redeemed, who have been transformed in newness of life to an everlasting hope the Son of God has become your defense attorney. In Romans 8:1 “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,” No matter what the devil throws up in the face of God against you, Jesus steps in to say in your defense those sins have been paid in full by my own blood and God says we have no record of any sins that the prosecuting devil has stated against you. God sustains you at that moment at the throne of His justice he reads your name in the Lambs Book of Life your sins being washed cleaned by His blood thereby another soul the devil has lost his grip upon and has been been redeemed from certain pain and suffering for all eternity. Praise the Lord. No wonder paul says in Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren,by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Intimacy With Christ,

Richard W. Wafford