Where do you gain or view your identity from? We often put our identity or define our identity into:
When it comes down to it, the bible shows us we are in either one of 2 camps. Our identity is either in Christ or idolatry. Or using other biblical terminology in Adam. Idolatry is where you let anything become moe important to you than God.
The Apostle Paul (author of Ephesians) uses the phrase “in Christ” 216 times in the NT. The term “Christian” is inly used 3 times. He says it this often for two reasons: 1) It’s really important 2) we are likely to forget it.
You are either In Christ or In Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:21 -22 tell us “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” The Apostle Paul goes on and days in 1 Corinthians 15:45 “Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit.”
The first Adam was naked and ashamed, Jesus was stripped naked and bore our shame.
The first Adam’s sin bought us thorns, Jesus the 2nd Adam wore a crown of thorns.
The first Adam substituted himself for God. The last Adam Jesus 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 Jesus died for sinners.
We are all born in Adam, born into sin and death and need to be born again in Christ.
Romans 3:23-26 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
As Christians we live from our identity not for it.
We are defined by who we are in Christ, not what we do or fail to do for Christ.
Christ defines us! You are not Defined by your possessions, who you know, what you’ve done where you have been… If you are “in christ” You are defined by him, who he is and how God views Jesus!
Being In Christ means we are viewed by God in the same way he views Jesus
From our identity comes our activity
We live the way we live because of who we are in Christ. Getting the order around the other way creates religion, legalism, moralism and a “have to” mindset. I used to believe that “doing things” and serving made God more pleased with me. The reality Is there is nothing you can ever do that will you love you
What does this book of Ephesians say about you now that you are in Christ?
I am a saint, Eph (1:1)
Grace and peace are mine (1:2)
I am blessed with every blessing (1:3)
I am chosen before the creation of the world
I am predestined (1:5)
I am adopted into God’s family (1:5)
I am redeemed (1:7)
I am forgiven (1:7)
God’s grace is lavished on me (1:8)
Wisdom and understanding are mine (1:8)
God’s will is made known to me (1:9)
I am included in Christ (1:13)
I am sealed with the Holy Spirit (1:13)
I have a guaranteed inheritance (1:14)
I am called to hope (1:18)
I have a glorious inheritance (1:18)
His incomparably great power works in me (1:19)
God has given me life (2:5)
I am seated in heavenly places (2:6)
I am saved by grace (2:8)
I am God’s workmanship (2:10)
I am brought near through Christ’s blood (2:13)
I am reconciled with others (2:16)
I have access to the Father (2:18)
I am a fellow citizen with God’s people (2:19)
I am a dwelling place for God’s spirit (2:22)
I am a member of one body (3:6)
I share in the promise of Christ (3:6)
I can approach God with freedom (3:12)