2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Have you ever stopped to think about who the bible says you are? We read the word of God and we see someone who is victorious, walking in health and prosperity and then we look at ourselves and sometimes we see a completely different picture. Why is that, why are we not who the bible says we can be?
We need to learn to take our place in Christ.
When we were saved we didn't go from a lost worm to a saved worm, No! We became the righteousness
of almighty God in Christ Jesus, we became raised with him and seated with him in heavenly places.
Jesus did not go through the agony of the Garden of Gethsemane and the cruel suffering of the Crucifixion just to help us a little bit.
Jesus went through the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection to radically change everything.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, everything are become new" (2 Cor 5:17)
Deane translation of 2 Cor 5:17 says: not merely a man altered but a man remade.
As we read the word of God we find that there are two types of truth, there is positional truth, who we are because of our position in Him, and experiential truth, what we are by experience, one is a root and the other is a fruit.
2 Pet 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
These thing are ours by position but they need to become ours by experience, Christ died that we may have them and they are ours but let us lay hold of them, let us make them our experience, we need to begin to take our place in Christ.
We need to learn to take our place in Christ, to begin to walk in all that was provided for us. We have an identity and an inheritance in Him.
Could you imagine a king or some high-powered businessman that has loads of money and power and prestige, walking around in all his finery, wearing the best of clothes, eating at all the best restaurants and yet his wife and kids live like paupers, wearing old clothes, eating whatever they can find, begging and scrounging for everything they can get? That wouldn't be right, they could take him to court for neglect and probably sue him for millions. But here we are children of the living God and all his resources are at our disposal and yet we most of the time walk around like paupers.
Luke 15v11 Tells of the parable of the prodigal son. Now the inheritance belonged to both of them, either of them could access it any time they wanted, v12 "he divided unto THEM his living" we miss the relevance of this scripture because we see the younger son squandering his father's possessions and we don't want to be like him, and we see the older son as being unforgiving and bitter and we certainly don't want to be like him and so we miss the importance of the passage that the inheritance was already theirs all they had to do was ask for it. v31 "all that I have is thine" when did it become his? When the father divided unto them his living in v12
When you preach your identity in Christ a lot of people will think to themselves "well you don't understand my position, I have bills to pay and I have this illness, my mortgage is due and I am stressed out and you are standing there telling me that I need to understand my identity in Christ, that's not what I need right now" Yes! That's exactly what you need. You see there are provisions in God to meet all your needs.
Phil 4:19 My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Where are his riches? They are in Christ Jesus. Key identification phrases: In him, in whom, in Christ, together with. These phrases are found over 130 times in the New Testament and they refer to who we are in Christ.
We quote the cliché "I am who God says I am, I can have what God says I can have and I can do what God says I can do". Well that is only true as we walk according to our in Christ identity.
We have a position in Christ but it needs to become our experience.
God has made provision for you to be in Christ even before you were saved, but the new identity didn't become yours until you exercised faith in him when you got born again. You became a new creature in Christ the day you were saved, but it doesn't become a reality to you unless you walk in the light of the word. You have to feed on the word, get it down on the inside of you until you get revelation knowledge of who you are in Christ.
2 Cor 5v17 in The Twentieth Century New Testament says: So, if anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new being! his old life has passed away, a new life has begun.
How do you change someone's identity? Have you ever heard of the witness protection program? You get your old life washed clean away, no records and no trace that you ever existed. Well it's like that in the kingdom of God, we go in the witness protection program, if we will keep our confession and our actions right the devil won't know who we are. But we have to walk according to our in Christ identity.
If you are happy with the way your life is then just keep doing the things you are doing and it will stay that way or it may get worse, but if you want things to change for the better then you need to begin to take your place in Christ.
There are over 130 in Christ scriptures in the epistles that tell us who we are and what we have in Christ.
Let's look at a few:
Col 2:9-10 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
That simply means that all the fullness of God is in Him and whatever is in him is in us
1 Cor 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Living: But if you give yourself to the Lord, you and Christ are joined together as one person.
Weymouth: But he that is in union with the master is one with him in spirit.
When God made us a new creature in Christ he didn't make us to be sick, poor, defeated and confused, no he made us to be more than conquerors. Sometimes people think "I don't need all this victorious stuff, about health and prosperity, I just want to be like Jesus". Well I got news for you, Jesus isn't defeated or sick or poor and when we take our place in Him we don't need to be either.
Eph 1:17-23 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Paul's prayer is that we would begin to understand who we are in him.
You will never be the person who God intended you to be without your mind, will and emotions become dominated by the word of God.
Eph 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation (lifestyle) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
We need to put off the old things or don't do them anymore and put on the new, we need to renew our minds to who we are in Christ. Then we need t put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Phile 1:6 The communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. When you acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ then will your faith become effective.
Acknowledge: recognise, think about, to be conscious of and to daily declare who you are and what you have in Christ.
There are a lot of good things that you can acknowledge when you are in Christ, who you are and what you have in Him.
AMP: Phile 1V6 I pray that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good thing that is ours in our identification with Christ Jesus and unto his glory.
Paul here is not talking about what will become ours but what is already ours because of our identification in Christ.
What he is saying here is we don't need to be focusing on our past bad qualities but on what is ours now in Christ Jesus.
Jesus changes everything. Nothing is the same! Everything is different! You are not even the same person you were before. There is nothing left of what you used to be. You are such a different person; you will have to let God introduce you to your new self. You have a new identity.
You are identified with Christ. You are now "In Christ." Take your place as a child of God every day. Take your place in Christ. You were there in His death, burial, and resurrection.
You may say, "I know the Bible says that, but it doesn't seem real to me." It will become real as you, by faith, agree with God and see yourself "In Christ." Your identification with
Christ is more real than any other kind of feeling you may have. Take time every day to acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ.
We have been settling for less than all that Jesus has provided for us in the redemption. Don't settle for anything less than 100% victory.
Let us take our place in Christ, let us begin to walk in what Christ has died to give us. Let's not settle for less than our inheritance in Him.