Our Identity in Christ Part 3
Building on Brokenness
Our Identity in Christ Part Three
July 30, 2017
Pastor John Lloyd
Continuing our study in Nehemiah, we follow a group of people deeply touched by God. They lost their land, place of worship and, in many cases, separated from their families. Returning to their homeland, they made deep commitments to God and each other to maintain their identity as His people. By drawing near to God, we also can have a new identity through Jesus Christ. It’s knowing, believing and living in sync with this identity that we truly grow to be more like our heavenly father.
A new identity in Christ creates liberation in one’s soul.
A new identity in Christ brings cleansing and holiness to one’s soul.
A new identity in Christ changes our loyalty and allegiances.
A new identity means God can bring metamorphosis.
Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Big Idea: When Jesus is our identity, it changes how we live and what we give to others. Our Who, changes our what!
I. A new identity changes my relationship to God and to others.
I John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. John 1:12
a. We were enemies of God, now we’re reconciled and friends.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Colossians 1:20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Benevolence-desiring the good of the other person
Beneficence acting for the good of the other person
Concord- willing the good the other person wills
John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
b. We are married to Christ. We are His bride!
Revelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Revelation 21:9 saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
Revelation 22:17The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
c. We have been offered a new covenant with God that binds us eternally to Him.
Mark 14:24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Hebrews 8:6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. (Hebrews 8:10, 10:12)
d. We have unlimited access to God.
Ephesians 2:17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 3:11-12, Romans 5:1-2
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
II. When I understand who I am in Christ, it changes what I do.
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
Colossians 1:10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. I Thessalonians 2:12
Philippians 1:27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. (New Living)
John 1:16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
John 17:8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
Matthew 10:8b “Give as freely as you have received!” New Living Translation
You can’t live what you haven’t received. You can’t give what you haven’t received.
When Jesus is our identity, it changes how we live and what we give to others. Our identity in Christ changes our behavior.
I have made a decision about my identity.
I am nothing but what God says I am:
I am a child of God. John 1:12.
I am free in my soul. John 8:32
I am cleansed. 1John 1:9
I am made holy in Christ. 2Cor. 5:21
I am a new creation. 2Cor. 5:17
I am a citizen of Heaven. Phil. 3:20