20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
As believers it is important to understand where our identity is found. We live in a world and culture in which people identify themselves by the things they are tempted by or the things that they struggle with. Those who struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol will label themselves as addicts. Those who struggle with the temptation of same sex attraction will label themselves as homosexual. It is at the core of the culture and world in which we live in today and this is why many live in bondage but fail to understand they are in bondage. They believe it is their true identity.
But in Jesus Christ our identity is not found in what we are tempted by and our identity is not found in what we struggle with. Our identity is found in Christ alone. When our Father in Heaven looks at us He doesn’t see the sin because the sin no longer remains. He sees the righteousness of who Jesus is. Our mistakes and our failings do not define us as children of God. My identity as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ is found in the death and resurrection of Jesus. I am a child of God not because of anything I have accomplished, but because of what Jesus has done upon the cross.
In this life we will face trials and we will be tempted on a daily basis. Many times when fall and make mistakes the enemy will come and heap condemnation upon us, but we must remember who we are in Christ and where our identity is found. The world and its system often labels people based upon behavior and what they do. But in God’s kingdom our standing before the Lord and our identity is not found in our performance or our behavior, it is simply found in the finished work of Christ.
We need to learn to rest in what Jesus has done for us. Our lives will change by the power of the Holy Spirit as we come to a deeper understanding of God’s word and His truth. As we rightly understand truth the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be produced in our lives and our lives will be transformed into the image of Christ. The reason many Christians simply remain in bondage and slavery is that they do not have a right understanding of truth. It is important to seek the Holy Spirit daily for greater wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and revelation.
In Christ we are free. In Jesus we are loved, covered by the grace of God, set free from our sins, freed from the curse of sin and death, we are overcomers, we are brand new creations, the old has gone the new has comes. It is the truth that shall set us free and daily we must abide in Him seeking Him with all of our heat, soul, mind and strength. Always remember that in Christ you are not defined by your past, you are defined by who Jesus is. Every day in Christ is a brand new day and as we abide in Him we are being transformed into His likeness and His image.