October 7, 2018
Identity – 1. Who we are in Christ. (our present position) 2. How we are known in heaven. (our future destiny)
The positive of you He wants to upgrade!!!! (from glory to glory)
The negative of you He wants to invade our space with His grace!
When you see your identity (Who we are in Christ & How we are known in heaven), you’ll see the promises that come with it.
Our New Man (our new creation) comes with…
1. New Heart. (affections)
Ezek. 36:26 (NKJV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezek. 36:27 (NKJV) I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
2. New Ears. (enlightenment)
3. New Eyes. (lens/perspective)
4. New Language. (as a victor not a victim)
It is One of faith not unbelief.
Whining, excuses & complaining is the language of Hell.
Thanksgiving, praise, and rejoicing is the language of Heaven.
Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes.[a] This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace[b] with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. 2 Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness[c] that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!
Col. 1.21 (NKJV) And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
Col. 1.22 (NKJV) in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-
Present literally means to place beside with the idea of exhibiting and of yielding to the disposal of another. used as a technical term for a priest’s placing an offering on the altar with the idea of surrendering or yielding up.
Blameless is literally without spot or blemish (blot, blight). It was used literally of the absence of defects in sacrificial animals. Figuratively, it means morally (spiritually) blameless, unblemished by the marring of sin, a perfect description of the Lamb of God. How incredibly incomprehensible that sinners such as we can be described with the same adjective used to describe our incomparable, sinless Lord!
Beyond reproach means unaccused and goes beyond “blameless” to convey even more the idea of being “unaccusable”! It means not only that we are without blemish, but also that no one can bring a charge against us.
How Do We Respond?
Philem. 6 (NKJV) that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.