Our Real Identity
March 26, 2023 Speaker: Jerry Lindell Series: Individual Messages
Topic: Our Real Identity Passage: Galatians 2:20–20
Three, Great Mysteries in Scripture
- The mystery of the union of the three persons of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- The mystery of the union of the divine and human natures in one person, Jesus Christ.
- They mystery of the union of Christ being in us and our being in Christ.
- What our union with Christ means – Galatians 2:20
- “I have been crucified with Christ”
- “It is no longer I who live”
- “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”
- “And the life I now live in the flesh”
- “The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God”
- “Who loved me and gave himself for me”
- As we understand and live by faith in our union with Christ, it will give us two confidences which will empower godly living.
CONFIDENCE #1 – The confidence that our status with God does not change.
- Our performance does not earn God’s love or keep us in his favor.
- Confident that our status of being loved by God does not change will bring new attitudes about how we perform the duties God requires of us.
- We don’t engage in these duties (reading our Bibles, praying, worshiping, and serving) to earn or secure God’s love.
- We engage in these duties out of a different heart attitude. We do them out of a heart of gratitude for all that Christ has done for us. We do these duties to joyfully experience the fullness of the love God already has for us!
- Key Truth: The confidence that God’s love for us never varies and that our status with God does not change, should change the motivational structure of our hearts.
CONFIDENCE #2 – The confidence that our ability to grow and make progress has changed.
- Because of our union with Christ, we are made new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17)
- The Holy Spirit’s activity in believer’s lives reverses the effects of the fall. We have a new nature with new desires, new goals, new priorities and new abilities.
- Because of our union with Christ, the power of sin to rule our lives has been defeated at the cross of Christ.
If I am united to Christ, in Christ and Christ is in me, why do I still struggle with sin?
- We live between the “already” and “not yet”.
- We are not more intentional about living by faith in our union with Christ.
Constantly, preach this to your heart:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”
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