CC # 3 – Understanding Who You Are in Christ ~ blog
Before we get down to the essential things we need to be doing to grow in our recovery we need to take one more day to address something incredible that we need to know. We start with the action of being honest with ourselves and with God by creating our sexual sin inventory. Then we learned the essential truth that all of our sins are forgiven. All of our past sins. All of our present sins. And even all of our future sins. All forgiven because of the death of our Savior Jesus on the cross.
That is one thing we need to do and one thing we need to know. Before we get on to more things we need to do there is one other thing we need to know. This is important because if some things are not clear in our thinking then our actions will be difficult if we are acting on false information.
For example, if we are living under a constant barrage of lies from our enemy and believing them to be true, then that will stunt our growth in Christ. We will be fearing the God who loves us and avoiding the true Physician who can and will bring our healing.
If I do not know that my relationship with God my Father, Jesus my Lord, and the Spirit my comforter is eternal and unshakable, that it is unconditional then I will fumble around thinking I am saved one day and lost the next. I will live in fear and hiding ashamed of who I am and what I have done. This is where satan has so many believers. Defeated and discouraged we take up room in the pews while feeling unqualified to serve others.
We are like the basketball player during a game, sitting on the bench in street clothes because we did not feel we could suit up for the game. We believe the lies that God is done with us and so why even try to grow in recovery.
Therefore, today I want to focus on something we call our position in Christ. In other words, what is true about being born again into the family of God. What comes with that package?
It is not without reason that Jesus told Nicodemus;
“I tell you the truth nobody can see the Kingdom of God…
unless he is born again.”
Being a Christian is not like being a member of a sports team or being employed by Apple. Those are positions that you have been given because of what you can do so that you are an asset to that organization. Stop being an asset and become a liability, stop performing, and having value to the company or team and you will find yourself off the team and out of work.
We are not believers because God has saved us and given us the chance to prove that we should be Christians. If we live in obedience we will be rewarded and if not, we will be disciplined. We have not been hired by God as an employee. We have been born into His family. We are born again by the Spirit and have become members of His family forever.
The clearest passage I know which makes this clear is Ephesians 2:1-6. The first 3 verses are our resume describing what we were like before being born again.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.”
Yikes…we did not bring much to the table to make a case for God choosing to save us. We were dead in our sins, followers of the evil one, disobedient, gratifying the desires of our flesh, and were by our very nature an object of God’s wrath.
However, notice what I like to call the best but in the Bible. Paul writes in verses 4-6;
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved…”
Our Father is not an employer looking for a good hire. He is rich in mercy and looking for the lost and sinful people to show us His love. We have been saved by grace and our position in His family is never conditional based on our actions. We are sinners saved by grace. We were lost and dead in sin and now we are alive in Christ. And notice what he writes next;
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him
in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus …”
What??? These verbs are in the past tense meaning this has already happened. God has already raised us up with Christ and we are right now actually seated with Him in heaven.
This is what is called positional truth. It is all true even though we are not currently experiencing it. The fact that you are saved and born again in Christ is so rock solid and unchangeable that even though physically getting to heaven is in our future it is spoken of as already our reality.
It is unfortunate that most people addicted to sexual sin see only the present and are living in fear that God has rejected them because of their sin. They are looking at their Christianity under a microscope only seeing the failures of the years in their past.
But let’s use a wide-angle lens. Let’s look at the big picture which does not show you tossed aside by God. It shows us we were chosen before the creation of the world. We have been born again into a new life. We have been adopted into God’s family. We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit as God’s guarantee of our inheritance in heaven. AND that we are actually, right now seated with Christ in the heavenly places.
Our eternal relationship with God is not as an employee but one of sons and daughters. We are and always will be His children. I know how much the evil one wants to distract you and get you to not believe this. However, everyone if those statements are directly from the Bible and describe our unconditional, eternal, and rock-solid relationship with our Father, our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit.
So, what is and always will be true of us and not conditional based on our actions? We are alive in Christ and the Spirit of God dwells inside of us to help us learn to walk in obedience.
There are no three strikes and you are out. No yellow or red cards. Sure, we might get sent to the penalty box, but we are still and always be on His Team.
And if you are looking for a Team of other believers who are helping one another with weekly accountability and daily support just email me and sit in as my guest to see one of these teams in action. Every one of these men is playing better as a team than any one of them could do on their own.