BACK TO BASICS, A BRIEF REFLECTION ON OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Christian identity is simply who we are becaue of what God does, both in creating us and re-creating us in Jesus Christ. This especially includes our divine family membership and relationship with Him, along with what he calls us to do.
“If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; behold the old is gone, the new has come!” 2Corinthians 5:17
Everyone seems to have insecurities, some more hidden than others, and some are more in touch with them than others; but if we are honest, there are areas of doubt and fear in each of our lives that we need to face. There is a blessing, however, in noticing any such insecurity, because it is an invitation from the Lord to trust in Him, so that we may be free from false beliefs and lies that we (and worldly influencers) may tell ourselves, and thus come to find peace, true peace, in who God is.
At the heart of what it means to be a Christian is to receive a new identity. In Jesus, we do not lose our true selves, but we become our true selves, only in him. This is a key part of the Gospel, a “Great Exchange,” that Jesus takes our place on the cross (He has died and risen to life in our place, in order that we do not face eternal death, but rather, receive His eternal life), and so we are given what we most deeply need: Jesus’ identity, his very life, into our own selves.
Christ is our life — not only the guarantee of it in heaven, but the down-payment of it by the Spirit now, as he lives in us. His joy becomes our joy; his love, our love; his peace, our peace; his strength, our strength. Jesus is our all-in-all. We have a new belonging as we trust in Him, and a new identity.
We cannot experience anything greater than the fullness of union with Christ. Nothing reaches higher or is more comprehensive.
In Christ, we are fundamentally new, and belong to the people of heaven, even as we belong to the King of Heaven. The language and values and customs and expectations of this world increasingly feel foreign to us. We have been born again for another world, to a greater kind of existence.
These various assertions, just mentioned, of our identity in Christ can be unpacked much further, and are worth much reflection, for they are all clearly supported in the Bible and are given by God to help you spiritually mature–not only to be encouraged, but most of all to throw off those things that may hinder our call to love God and to love others–the great Commandment.
If you have any questions or comments on this brief reflection (or any questions at all regarding our church and/or Christianity), please contact Fr. Allen or Fr. Greg at His Church Anglican: firstname.lastname@example.org