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Our Identification in Christ

 

 

Summary

Many Christians do not know who they are in Christ, and, as a result, they do not identify with the promises in God’s Word. In order to reap from the kingdom of God, we must begin to see ourselves as He does. We are spiritual beings who have been created in His image.

  1. God had a specific purpose for creating man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27).
    1. Image means likeness, similitude, and resemblance.
      1. God created man as a spirit being, just as He is a spirit.
      2. Man is the image and reflected glory of God. We are like God (1 Corinthians 11:7, AMP).
      3. God wants us to fellowship and identify with Him.
      4. God gave Adam the wisdom to be able to communicate with Him.
      5. He also gave Adam the wisdom to name all other living things.
  1. When we receive Jesus as our Lord, we put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of God (Ephesians 4:24, AMP , Colossians 3:10, AMP ).
    1. We clothe ourselves with our new spiritual nature, which has been renewed after the image of Him that created us.
      1. The Word of God is compared to a mirror because we can see our true identity when we read it.
    2. Man’s spiritual identity began to decay when Adam and Eve yielded to sin after Satan entered the Garden and tempted them (Genesis 3:1-3).
      1. Satan entered the Garden of Eden in the form of a serpent and deceived Eve into thinking she was not like God (Genesis 3:5).
      2. Eve ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. She also gave some to Adam, who was with her.
      3. God told Adam to “freely eat of every tree of the garden; but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” (Genesis 2:9-17, AMP).
    1. Adam should have known better because God had placed him in the Garden to “tend and guard and keep it” (Genesis 2:15, AMP).
  1. When Eve saw that the forbidden tree was “good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,” she ate the fruit of it (Genesis 3:6).
    1. Eve allowed herself to be emotionally-ruled when she saw the tree.
      1. We must be sure we do not allow our emotions to take us down a path that leads to destruction.
      2. When we are led by our physical senses, we are operating merely from a human standpoint.
    2. When we have a distorted concept of who we are, we act accordingly (Genesis 3:7).
      1. This is why we must regularly read and study the Word, which will give us understanding about God’s original intent for us.
      2. When we understand our original purpose, we will not be deceived into seeing ourselves the wrong way

Scripture References

Genesis 1:26-27

Colossians 3:10, AMP

1 Corinthians 11:7, AMP

Genesis 3:1-7

Ephesians 4:24, AMP

Genesis 2:9-17, AMP