Birds don’t struggle to fly, fish don’t struggle to swim; you shouldn’t struggle to be who God made you to be. The subject of our Identity is huge. It’s not your driver’s license. It’s not your circumstances, which is ever changing anyway. In actuality, it is who God says you are — the crux of your existence. Once you grasp this subject, your total paradigm will shift radically. You will flush your system of all old manners of thinking and start living from this place – that you are in God and God is in you and that’s all that really matters.
Exactly what is Identity? Who really are you? It is not about changing who you are. Your Identity is seeing yourself. As it really is, the Gospel mandates us to really make known who God says we are a cardinal priority.
The Bible term for Identity is the word righteousness. Mat 6:33 mandates us to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. We cannot therefore delay to grasp this subject. And the reason it is such a powerful subject is that your Identity is the Gospel. Rom 1:16-17 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jews first and for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed.”
Put simply, the Gospel is power because it reveals who you are. The message of righteousness is very powerful. Essentially, if your Christian life is lackluster, check your understanding of the Gospel. It’s the key to total life transformation, changing not only the way you see yourself but also how you see the world around you.
What is the Gospel? Now let’s keep it real. Many years ago, we were taught the simplified version, based on Roman 6:23. It has God on one side and man on the other, with sin in between. If you die in your sin, then you die and go to hell. If you receive Christ, then He provides you with the bridge to God and to Heaven by paying the penalty for your sins and connecting you back to God. This is awesome. But does that really capture the heart of the Gospel? Yes, but nope!
The Gospel is much more than the death of Christ. It includes the Blood of eternal sacrifice as stated in Heb 10:1-4. And very significantly also, if that was all that the Gospel was, what about the Resurrection? 1 Cor 15:17 really put weight on this when it says, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” It’s the Resurrection that frees me, not just death.
So you see, great as that illustration was, it has not made room for the two core issues of both the Blood of Christ and His Resurrection. Actually, it puts us back to the Old Testament position, when they sinned, they went to the priest, offered their sacrifice and are restored. But beyond that, the true Gospel encompasses the death, the blood and the Resurrection of Christ. The Blood of Jesus certainly gives us much more than that of bulls and goats.
Let me throw in a couple of questions also. How come God had relationships with so many folks in the Old Testament? He was a friend, talked to Moses mouth to mouth, David, etc. And how that when Jesus was on earth, He was a friend of sinners? Could it mean that the sin issue was an issue but not an important one? What if the real sin isn’t the sins you committed and now needs to pay for but that it is the original sin that is preventing you from being who you were meant to be?
For emphasis, you have got to know the difference between sin and sins. Sin is an active force in the universe. It is a being that entered to corrupt us. Rom 5:18 is very succinct on this: “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.” Have you ever realized that what the Bible is saying here is that you are not a sinner because you sinned, but rather because Adam sinned? It was his sin that brought condemnation on us, not our own sins. This is crucial.
We were created in God’s image to have dominion like Him. We were made to be like God. But when Adam fell (Gen 3) to the devil’s lies, we fell with him and lost our dominion. What do you think was happening here? The devil gave Adam the feeling that God didn’t truly make Adam who God said Adam was, and that by eating, Adam will become who Adam should be. He deceived him about his Identity. When you are not sure about who you are, Satan will deceive you to become who you are not. Eve was already made in God’s image and His likeness. But now fell for the lie that if she ate, she would become what she already was. When you forget who you are and start looking at other sources that what God says you are, disaster follows! If you, like Eve, fall for something that’s not true, it is because you have been deceived. That was the catastrophic fall of man. They took sin and put it into themselves. You are what you eat.
Man had fallen. How then can man be restored back? The answer is in the Redemptive work of Christ. Christ is the only one that can redeem us from the original sin-nature.
Let me use an illustration. Imagine that I’m holding an orange in my hand. With the orange is an orange tree and an orange farm. What I do to that orange, I have done to the tree and to the farm. That’s exactly what has happened to mankind. When Adam sinned, he messed up the DNA or genes of man. In the Old Testament, they dealt with sin by sacrifice but they could never deal with sin nature. They could only cover it. Heb 10:1 says, “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” The law can get your sins forgiven over and over again. But it will never fix you. You will still have the sin nature, so you cannot stop sinning. You keep doing what you don’t want to do because the sin nature is living in you (Rom 7:15). You can fix your behavior all you want, nothing changes. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Heb 10:4). That is what the blood of the Lamb does. John 1:29 says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” It is Jesus that goes to the root, making us totally new. 2 Cor 5:17 says, “If therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.”
O friend, since you are a new species, you’re now a child of God. 1 John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God”.
Everything in God’s kingdom begins first with your knowing and then declaring it. You’re not only new, you are now a child of God. God loves you. When the world around you sees you, you reflect God exactly as Jesus did. The same ways God manifested through Jesus, He want to manifest through you. See Him smiling at you. See Him covering you with His love, favor and goodness.
As a child of God, let it sink into your mind that God only does good things. He never does evil. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17, 13). He is not the one that does evil (1 Cor 14:33). God does not give you sickness, accidents, guilt, poverty, sadness, shame or trouble. It is the devil’s work. Ask God to forgive you for any ways you may have blamed Him for, any misfortunes in your life and then begin filling your mind with good and wonderful thoughts and expectations. (Phil 4:8)
Because you’re made in God’s image (Gen 1:27), you have His nature. He’s a creator, making you creative; He’s a healer, so you are a healer; He’s kind, so are you; happy and so are you!
God bless you!