Who Are You … Really??? ~ blog
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My question for today is do you really know who you are? Not what do you do … or where are you from? But who are you as a believer in Christ?
I find so many believers who struggle with sexual brokenness do not really know the answer to that or it is something they have forgotten. The problem is that we often identify ourselves with our sin. People say; “I am a sex addict.” And believe lies about themselves like …
- I am worthless.
- I am a failure.
- I am a terrible Christian and may not even be saved.
Talk about having a bad self-image. The problem is because our sexual brokenness has beaten us down for years if not decades, we actually start to believe that we are what we do. So, if what we do is to sin sexually over and over again, making promises to God and others that we will stop but then fall again … we can be convinced that we can never be free and resign ourselves to wallowing in our sin for the rest of our lives.
So, let us get one thing straight who we are should never be defined by what we do. So … who are you … really? Can we look at what the Bible says about who we are? Well, I am in charge so yes … that is what we are going to do. Time and space will not allow a full dissertation on this so let’s just start with this …
First – You ARE a NEW CREATION in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Cor 5:17
The word Paul uses here “new creature” means something that is newly created. This word is found 66 times in the Old Testament and 38 times in the New. The vast majority of these are referring to the creation of the world which was something absolutely new and was created out of nothing. Where there was no universe before … God spoke, and everything came into being. Not a remaking of an old universe but the creation of something new.
You are a new creation. There is something new about you that was not in existence before through faith in Christ, you became born again by the Holy Spirit. It was not an extreme makeover … fixing up the old and making it look new. It was the actual removal of the old and the creation of the new.
We were taken out of the dominion of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of the Lord.
We were spiritually dead in sin but have now been made alive in Christ.
We were separated from God and an object of His wrath because we were following the ways of this world giving in to our selfish and rebellious desires … but, as we read in Ephesians 2:4-6;
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus …”
Can we just stop for a minute and meditate on what these two passages are teaching us? We are not some better version of who we were. We were not taken in for a tune-up. We have not been taken to the body shop to fix the dings and rust from our past. We are a new creation. Not a rearranging of the old stuff … but we now are new creations with new stuff.
There has been a transformation that began when we believed in Jesus. We are new creations in Christ that are not perfected yet but can be in the process of further transformation as we walk in the Spirit and do not fulfill the desires of the flesh.
This is who we are! New Creations in Christ. Yes, we still have a flesh or sinful nature that needs to be put to death or mortified by means of being filled with and walking in the Spirit.
We still live in a fallen world where we are behind enemy lines and now have instant access to sexual sin anytime and anywhere via our phones. And, we do not do battle with flesh and blood but with demonic forces.
Yet, in this situation and location God has given us everything we need for life and godliness as Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:3;
“His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
So, take a deep breath and believe what the Bible tells us instead of what we are feeling at the moment and what our enemy is whispering in our ears. We have already been made into new creations in Christ and He is waiting for our daily surrender and offering of our bodies to Him as living sacrifices for each new day. My friends … you are a new creation in Christ even if you are struggling with sexual brokenness.
More on this tomorrow.