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Our New True Identity In Christ Jesus - Part 1
10/12/2017

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6,8 (NKJV)

There is a phrase often used in the Christian community, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.”  One popular pastor has said it this way, “We sin because we are sinners.”  Well, to be totally truthful, I don’t like either of these phrases, because I think they mask a powerful lie and deception from the enemy—one attempting to change our new true identity in Christ Jesus as Christian men and women. Let me explain. 

First of all we started our lives as sinners because we are all born in sin (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:23). It started with our ancestry when Adam willfully sinned against God by eating fruit from the forbidden tree within the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-7).  Sin entered the human race and it affected every human being since.  So we are born physically alive but spiritually dead.  This is why Jesus told Nicodemus he must be “born again.” He was not speaking of being born of flesh and blood again, but of Spirit (John 3:1-16). 

So prior to accepting the free gift of grace from God and being born again by placing our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were dead in our trespasses (sins).  Once we placed our faith in Christ, confessed our sins and repented of this sinful lifestyle we were made alive in Christ Jesus.  We see Paul speaking of this in his letter to the church of Ephesus.

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV)

We were once identified as sinners who were in the bondage of sin, as we were spiritually dead in our sin and separated from fellowship with God.  We are also told that Christ died for the “ungodly,” and God demonstrated His love for us by allowing Jesus to die for us while we were “Yet sinners.”  This means we were once sinners, ungodly, and were by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3), but we are now sanctified in the blood of Jesus—we are now saints, and as such, we have been given a new divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).  We have been delivered from the bondage of sin (Rom. 6:6-7) and have been made spiritually alive.  We are no longer identified as a sinner—we are now children of God and we should find our identity in Jesus Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Another thing to consider is the word “sinners” is used 30 times, while the word, “sinner” is used 12 more times in the NKJV of the New Testament Scriptures—none refer to people who have come to a saving faith in Jesus. 

I want to encourage you—the next time you are tempted to say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace,” choose instead to say, “I was once a sinner but have been saved by grace.”  It may be only a slight change on the wording, but it is a huge difference when acknowledging our true new identity in Christ Jesus. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional what can we learn about our old identity versus our new identity in Christ Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you look at yourself as a sinner – one separated from God and under His wrath or a saint who is under His fountain of grace?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to grasp and hold on to your true identity in Christ Jesus.  Now walk in newness of life. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for making me alive in Christ Jesus. I acknowledge I am no longer a sinner, but am now a saint. I know that I will still stumble and sin occasionally but I am no longer in the bondage of sin.  Help me to remember this truth when the enemy tempts me with the thought that I am no different than before I accepted You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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