Knowing your identity in Christ – Part 1
Knowing our authority and dominion in Christ Jesus makes us aware of whom we are in Him. Embracing the authority that is in Jesus reveals to us what our true identity is in Him. Our identity in Christ is a function of our relationship with Him. Your identity in Christ is not based on education, economic worth or social status, but your relationship with Him. Those who know their God intimately are marked out for exploits. DANIEL says, “But the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits” (Dan.11: 32).
Don’t accept Satan’s narrative of who you are. Although Satan tries to redefine your identity, but it is what God says and what the word of God says about you that counts. Don’t even allow the world or the society define who you are.
Victory In Christ Jesus
Paul writes in 1 Cor. 15:57, “thanks be to God who has given us the victory in Christ Jesus.” In Christ, the believer has got the victory. Jesus got our victory on the cross, where He defeated Satan and took the keys of Hades and Death. In Christ, we have victory over sin, poverty, satanic curses, diseases, sickness, fear, etc. In Christ, we have total victory, not a partial one. This is the ground on which our faith stands. This is where we are now. Jesus’ victory is the basis of our authority over the Devil and his cohorts.
Moving Unto Higher Ground
Standing then on this victory, we ought to go unto higher grounds of victory. We move from victory to victory, from strength to strength, from grace to grace and from power to power. Romans 8:37 says, “…Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him, Who loved us.” The victory we have in Christ makes us more than conquerors.
Our ability to reign in life as sons of God is based on the victory of Jesus on the cross. To be able to reign we must recognise who we are in Christ. David was able to defeat Goliath because he realised who he was in God. Saul and his army did not know the God of Israel like David did. Realising who he was in God, and the authority he had in the name of God, David moved against Goliath in the name of the Lord (1 Sam.17: 45).
Sons In Christ Jesus
Knowing your identity in Christ affects the way you think and behave. Conversely, if you don’t know who you are in Christ, it will affect your thinking and behaviour. Paul in Gal.4: 1-7 wrote to remind the Galatians that they were no longer slaves, but sons in Christ Jesus. As sons, their position and authority were different from slaves. A slave has a different mindset and status from a son. A son is an heir to the throne. Gideon’s attitude changed once the angel of God called him “a mighty man of valour” and urged him to go in his strength (Judges 6: 14). Before then, he thought he was a weakling. He lived in fear of the Midianites. But the angel made him realise that his ‘little’ strength amounted to much in God.
A Scriptural Definition Of Our Identity
What God says we are is written in the Bible. The Bible says:
I am now a new creature (1 Cor.5: 17).
I am seated at his right hand in the heavenly places (Eph.2: 5-6).
I am called to reign in life (Rom.5: 17).
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Phil.4: 13).
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