• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

You Cannot Claim Two Opposing Identities

Actually, you can claim anything you like, opposing or otherwise. As free agents of creation you get to choose your destiny. This is precisely why your fundamental identity is so vital to who you are. Persons who have been ill treated in life or have been convinced that they are helpless, tend to see themselves as victims until they encounter the possibility of a new identity in Christ and choose to make that identity their own.

There are those who claim to be Christians but in works they deny Him. Their lives are indistinguishable from the world. They identify with all sorts of things other than faith in Jesus Christ, their national allegiances, their race, their wealth, their poverty, their political choices, their culture, their social standing, anything but submission to the person of Jesus Christ.

Others justify a false identity in Christ by warping His image into something that resembles themselves, rather than being transformed by His Word to become like Him. [Romans 1:22] In their pride and arrogance they make themselves an offence to God’s grace and a willing prey for the enemy, the devil, who goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. [1 Peter 5:8]

As born again believers we have all chosen to identify with Christ, with His death, burial and resurrection, if indeed we are born again by His Spirit, by faith in His Word, by confession of our mouths that Jesus is Lord and by believing in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead. In that moment we received a new identity. We are born again into the family of God, of the nature of God, by the will of God to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God, ultimately to become indistinguishable from Him.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

In Christ we have one identity. It is not national, racial, sexual, social, economical or political. It spiritual and physical in One person only, Jesus Christ.

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29

In that identity we choose our actions, our words and the measure of our thoughts. In that identity we live out our faith, our walk in the world. From that identity we seek the wisdom that comes from above.

By that identity we make ourselves known to the world. That identity is based on love, is motivated by love, is sustained by love and ministers to others by love.

Our identity in Christ supersedes all other identities that make us unique and at the same time common to all mankind. Our identity in Christ is who we are, what we say, how we respond to the life situations, circumstances and relationships. It is the source of our power and our peace. To be completely identified in Christ is to share in His sufferings, death, burial and His resurrection.

To be identified in Christ is to have life and that more abundantly now and in the world to come for all eternity.

“Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6



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