Who are you? How do you define yourself? By your Job, your sin, your socio-economic circumstances, your familial relationships, your personality traits or your birth order?
There are two kinds of people. Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
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 Adam’s sin brought us thorns; the last Adam wore a crown 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.
Romans 5:14–18Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.
Jesus comes to rescues his Brothers and Sisters.
John 1:11–13He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Galatians 3:26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
Hebrews 2:10–18For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.” Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Therefore, are we defined by our sin or our savior? The simple tactic of Satan is to use your sin as the means of separating you form God. And indeed sin separates, which is why God doesn’t harshly turn his back on you upon each sin, but offers the promise of forgiveness upon your repentance.
1 John 1:9–10 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Our identity is to be found in our relationship with Christ, not in our subjective and often negative life experiences. We need to listen to God’s Word, His ministers and His body the Church. Our ministry to one another in community is to remind one another in who we live, move and have our being. What you do flows from who you are. As Christians, we live fromour identity, not forour identity. We are defined by who we are in Christ, not what we do or fail to do for Christ. Christ defines who we are by who he is and what he’s done for us, in us, and through us. Understanding this information is the key to your transformation.
…Created in Christ, Alive in Christ, Justified in Christ, Adopted in Christ, Sanctified in Christ, serve in Christ, and Hope in Christ
which amounts to…
…a fullness in Christ that give us a fullness of life.
2 Corinthians 1:20For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.