Self-Identity

In the first two blogs I mentioned our death with Him on the cross and our new birth with His resurrection. As difficult as it may be to comprehend, there is now a new creation living inside of us. Our freedom from sin, death with Him, new birth and many other aspects of His grace are really beyond our human mind’s capabilities.

We can get to the moon, invent an atom bomb and talk with each other on FaceTime but His grace is in another realm. Understanding this new creation inside of us is only accessed first by His revelation and then our faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul tells us that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.

We all have a self-identity that is formed by countless factors and influences from our parents, friends, experiences, failures, success, jobs and co-workers to name but a few. Our identity is how we see ourselves from within and without. It can greatly influence our lives. We can grasp the concept of a self-identity and even learn more about it with therapy. However, we now have a new identity. There is a new creature living inside of us.

What is our new identity? There are scriptures teaching us about this new creation inside of us. Ephesians 4:22-24 says this new creation is created in God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of truth. This is not a righteousness from ourselves or our old identity or from anything we have accomplished. Rather it is His righteousness that only comes by faith.

There is nothing we can do to earn His righteousness. It is a gift. The new us is made with His righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says we have become the righteousness of God. This is so difficult to grasp because I know me, the old me anyway. How could I now be righteous? The old me is not made righteous rather the new me is and I can only grasp this by faith, not by reasoning of my human mind. The real reality is from God’s perspective. Our old self-identity is from our perspective. Our new creation is from God’s perspective. He sees us as righteous because this is how He made us in our new creation. And it is a gift. It is His grace. Am I going to deny or turn down this gift?

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